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Sinagra out of another job

Nov 02, 2023 12:45 am

Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that in July the Saugerties town board voted unanimously to place Police Chief Joseph Sinagra on administrative leave, as a state investigation found inappropriate sexual behavior by one of his officers. In August Sinagra said he was retiring. Now on Nov. 1 he says he has been terminated from a state position as a law enforcement liaison for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Sinagra said he was put there by the New York state Police Chiefs Association and was terminated without justifiable cause. Previously, Sinagra had been Saugerties Police Chief for 12 years. The state traffic safety committee released a statement this week that said, “The Law Enforcement Liaison position is funded through a federal grant provided to the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, which is directly responsible for interviewing and appointing a current or former member of law enforcement to that role.... Recently, the Association chose retired Chief Joseph Sinagra for the position. Although the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has no involvement in that process, [the committee] raised significant concerns about Mr. Sinagra’s appointment and is working with the Association to have him replaced. While that is happening, Mr. Sinagra is not working with or for [the committee].“ Sinagra says he was told, "that I was going to be terminated because of all the media attention and controversy surrounding my departure from the Saugerties Police Department.... I explained.... that I had done nothing wrong other than to protect the due-process of a black male police officer.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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