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More police reforms proposed in Hudson

Sep 26, 2020 12:03 am
Roger Hannigan Gilson reports for The Other Hudson Valley that Citizens of Hudson and the Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition have introduced the Hudson Breathe Act of 2020 to the Hudson Common Council this week. The proposal, introduced by Council person Tiffany Garriga, would cut Hudson’s budget for law enforcement by 22 percent, cut the number of officers to 16 and require them to live in the city, and make specific changes in how search warrants are executed. “We don’t want to come to a point where there’s all this conversation about what to cut out of the youth department when we have a police department that is 4, 5, 6 times larger,” said activist Quintin Cross, with the Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition. An executive order from Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson earlier this year cut the HPD’s budget by 10 percent. Alderperson John Rosenthal said he did not want this proposed legislation to conflict with the reforms currently before the Common Council’s Police Committee. Elsewhere, protests have returned this week to the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. On Sept. 23 protesters in Albany lurked all night in front of the Governor’s Mansion after police in Louisville were not charged for murdering Breonna Taylor. On Sept. 24, protesters took to the streets after former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove was acquitted of all charges related to his handling of the investigation into the police killing of Edson Thevenin in 2016. On Sept. 25 there was a protest about the Breonna Taylor case in Albany. On Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in Kinderhook there is a "Justice for Harold" Handy rally. Handy was beat up at a July 4 party in Kinderhook hosted by a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff, and little information has come out from the investigation that is now being run by the state police. At 1 p.m. Sept. 26 in Poughkeepsie there is a "We Still Can't Breathe" demonstration at the Walkway over the Hudson. At 2 p.m. in Troy there is a "Stand with Breonna Taylor" demonstration on Front St. At 3 p.m. in Albany at Jenning's Landing there is a Black Trans Lives Matter event. And then on Sept. 27 in Ellenville there is another Black Lives Matter rally at 6 p.m. at 124 Canal St.