In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring every locality to develop a plan for reforming and reinventing its police agency by April 1, 2021. Such a plan is a requirement for future state funding.
Since its creation in July, Mayor Kamal Johnson's Police Reconciliation and Advisory Commission has been discussing police reform in Hudson. The group is currently conducting an online survey to assess how Hudson residents view the Hudson Police Department and its role in the community. The survey, which can be accessed here, will be available until November 1.
Police reform is not only a requirement for the City of Hudson but also for Columbia County. In July, Matt Murell, chair of the Board of Supervisors, issued a press release calling for "letters of interest or recommendation for individuals to serve on the Columbia County Police Reform Panel." According to that press release:
This panel will be tasked with the coordination and resources of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, by ensuring that the local police agencies within the state have been actively engaged with stakeholders in the local community and have locally-approved plans for the strategies, policies and procedures of local police agencies.
Who will be serving on the Police Reform Panel has not yet been made public, but word is that the panel is made up of thirty community members. Three meetings scheduled for the panel were announced last week in the public notices in the Register-Star.
As a public service, Gossips provides below the hyperlinks to watch each of the three meetings on YouTube. The meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.