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Garriga removed from Common Council Police Committee

Sep 27, 2016 7:30 am

Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting in the Register-Star Hudson Common Council President Claudia DeStefano abruptly removed Second Ward Alderman Tiffany Garriga as a member of the Common Council Police Committee Mon., Sept. 26. The action was taken during a public committee meeting attended by many residents claiming to be supporters of the former Police Commissioner Gary Graziano. Republican DeStefano removed Democrat Garriga after several in the crowd voiced displeasure over the alderman's critical views on the Hudson Police Department. Hudson Police Lieutenant James Delaney, saying he was speaking as a civilian, specifically asked that Garriga be removed “due to her inability to be fair and impartial in this committee.” As for her decision to remove Garriga, DeStefano pointed out that as Common Council President she makes the committee assignments, and can remove a member as she sees fit. DeStefano told Garriga she was off the committee to thunderous applause from the audience. “This may be a political stunt,” Garriga responded. Graziano resigned last week after Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton took issue with comments he made in a press release announcing the arrest of former Second Ward Alderman Quintin Cross, who was charged Sept. 15 with grand larceny. Read the full story in the Register-Star.