Saratoga Springs City Council hears public comment on proposed police reforms

Emily Burkhard
Created: March 23, 2021 11:44 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A Saratoga Springs City Council meeting was held Tuesday night. The public was able to give comment on the proposed police reform changes created by a task force

At times, things got tense between speakers and even members of council. Many comments focused on the need for a citizen review board, which would review potential cases of police misconduct.

However, City Attorney Vince DeLeonardis said there are legal challenges around that which will require further review. He said to give the review board power to do investigations into potential police misconduct, there would need to be a change to the city charter.

"On the issue of the civilian review board they did do an extensive amount of work,” DeLeonardis said. “The depth of the analysis did not go into comparing the proposed civilian review board with the city charter. There are other issues that just need to be confirmed. Again I'm not taking your position one way or the other, with regard to civil service law."

DeLeonardis said council will also have to look at how that review board would impact the police union contracts.

Council is set to vote on the reforms a week on March 31, just one day before the deadline set by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.

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