Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Committee Minority Report
March 24, 2021
[Editor's Note: The following report was recently delivered to the Governor's Office by DCPRRCC members, Joyce St George, Simon Purdy, PhD, Walt Keller, and Jessica Farrell who have vehemently disagreed with the proceedings and much of the findings of the committee. So much did they disagree on so important an issue, they felt it was imperative to share their experience with the Governor's Office as stated in their report below.]
This Minority Report serves as an addendum to the Final Plan of the Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Committee, which was ratified by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on March 10, 2021. This report was written and supported by four members of the Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Committee, all of whom are community members and not employed by Delaware County.
It is with deep concern that this report is written to convey our great frustration over the process and substance of the Final Plan for Delaware County’s Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of this Minority Report is to detail the shortcomings of the committee’s Final Plan as approved by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and submitted to the State of New York. The Final Plan does not adequately account for recommendations from community members regarding race, substance use (including verbiage that would clearly spell out the substance use/mental health crises our county faces) and the changing demographics and culture in Delaware County. The process to put the Final Plan together also severely limited comments and concerns of Committee members and the public.
In his recent letter to the editor, Mr. Kalibat from DeLancey clearly enjoys devising derogatory policy slogans for the new administration, and it had me thinking up a whole list of unpleasant slogans for the previous administration. It admittedly felt great to do so, but in the end, I don’t think it’s helpful. If we are to solve the real problems we face in this Country, and in our neighborhoods, we must find common ground. We all wantRead more
“The fraudulent 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.” This is the big lie that brought about the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Those who promulgated the lie, those who spread the lie, and those who were taken in by the lie must acknowledge it for what it is — a monstrous falsehood. If we are ever going to heal this country’s wounds, the truth must prevail.
We implore our Republican friends and neighbors of good conscience to speak up for truth. Portions of your party have been led far astray by a charismatic and profoundly unethical authoritarian in the White House. Your trusted voices can help set the record straight. We offer our sincere thanks to
NOV 3RD — WE'RE ALMOST THERE
How can we help you vote?
Because you absolutely must VOTE!The enthusiasm is indeed astounding! We have over 200 volunteers from all parts of the county and beyond helping to get us all to the polls in 2020!
WANT HELP MAKING A VOTING PLAN?
Your voting options are absentee, early or election day on Nov 3rd.
- HAND DELIVER YOUR ABSENTEE VOTING BALLOT — During early voting hours you can also hand in your sealed, signed absentee ballot envelope to BOE staff, who will time-stamp the envelope and ready it for processing. Then you can check the BOE website a day or two later to confirm receipt of your absentee ballot.
EARLY VOTING — It's easy! BOE staff are being super diligent about disinfecting styluses and black sharpie pens and kiosk areas. Only one (or two if you come together) voter at a time is allowed in the voting area. Masks are required and there are chairs available if you are not able to stand for a long time. You can enter the BOE building to vote from both the Gallant Ave entrance and the Page Ave side. Thanks to the Chad McEvoy for AD101 campaign for the early voting schedule chart!
ELECTION DAY, NOV 3RD — Polls open at 6am and close promptly at 9pm throughout the county. Masks and safe distancing are required and precaution for Covid safety will be followed. Check out the NYS Board of Elections voter registration and poll site look up to find your name on the voter registration list and your polling place.
- FOR MORE INFORMATION — If you have any questions about your voting options and your voter registration contact our Delaware County Board of Elections at: (607) 832-5483. The staff is friendly and eager to help you vote.
ABSENTEE BALLOT DELIVERY — We have drivers willing to pick up your sealed and signed absentee ballot and deliver it directly to BOE staff, who will time-stamp the envelope and ready it for processing.
You can check the BOE website a day or two later to confirm receipt of your absentee ballot.
Send an email to Mina at: [email protected] or call her at (646) 784-0072. She will need your name, address, and phone number to connect you with a driver to pick up your ballot.
- RIDES TO THE POLLS (FREE!) — for voters who can't drive,
either for early voters Oct. 24 - Nov. 1 to Delhi and/or on election day Nov. 3 to your local polling places. Request a ride by sending an email to Mina at: [email protected] or call her at (646) 784-0072.
She will need your name, address, and phone number to connect you with a driver.
(This will be taxi service style! Masks will be required, and voters will sit on the opposite side of driver, in the back seat, windows open).
WANT TO KNOW WHO IS ON ROW A?
Download our State Candidates Brochure
We created a brochure with bios and contact information on all our State Candidates on Row A. You can download a pdf of the brochure in 2 parts.
WANT A SAMPLE BALLOT?
Click on your town to see its ballot:
Each town has a slightly different list of candidates.
Important 2020 Voting Updates and Changes,
What's Your Voting Plan?
Here's the latest update from the Delaware County Board of Elections. Also new this year will be a way to track your absentee ballot online so you can confirm when it was received by the DCBOE!
First! Confirm You Are Registered
Use the NYS BOE Poll Site search to confirm you are registered, learn about your polling site, your election district and (coming soon) tracking to indicate if your absentee ballot request has been received by your Board of Elections:
You Have 3 Voting Options —
1) Vote by Absentee Ballot
If you plan to vote absentee, DON'T WAIT.
Request your absentee ballot as soon as possible!
For the 2020 General election, ALL registered voters may use the "Temporary Illness" reason to request an absentee ballot (due to COVID-19).
You can request an absentee ballot by phone:
or by downloading and completing the absentee ballot request form:
(The ability to submit an absentee ballot request online
will also become available soon.)
The form lets you choose how to receive your ballot.
You can have your ballot sent to you by mail.
Absentee Ballots will be mailed by the DCBOE to voters around September 18.
You can choose if preferred to have your ballot held at the DCBOE for pickup by you, or an individual you designate.
To Submit Your Completed Ballot —
By Mail —
to return your completed Absentee Ballot by mail, mail it no later than October 27, 2020. Use 2 first class stamps. Be sure to get it postmarked.
Deliver by Hand —
Ballots can instead be hand delivered to the Delaware County Board of Elections at 3 Gallant Avenue Delhi during their business hours through November 3, 2020.
NEW THIS ELECTION ONLY —
Absentee Ballots can be hand delivered to an election inspector at your local polling place on November 3, 2020.
2) Early Voting
The Board of Elections at 3 Gallant Avenue in Delhi will also have early voting available from October 24 through November 1. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Click below for a list of hours:
Early Voting Dates and Hours
3) Vote at the Polls
If you choose to vote on election day at the polls, all usual polling locations will be open from 6am - 9pm. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Click below for the list of Delaware County Polling Sites:
For More Information –
Contact the Delaware County Board of Elections
The 101st is such a big and gerrymandered district, that it can feel like those of us who live in it hardly get a chance to know one another. That's why I am going to be sitting down - virtually, of course - with folks from around the district to get to know the towns that make up the 101st.
This week, I sat down with Bill Elsey, former Town Supervisor of Springfield, to talk about the town's history and what makes it such a great place to live today. It seems like an appropriate place to start since the Springfield 4th of July Parade, which is sadly cancelled this year, is legendary. I will miss being a part of that perfect slice of Americana this year, and I wish everyone a safe and happy 4th!
Registered voters in New York have been mailed an absentee ballot application form.
All applications or absentee ballot requests must be received or postmarked by tomorrow – Tuesday, June 16th in order for the voter to receive their absentee ballot by mail.
Completed applications must be mailed to voter’s County Board of Elections location or simply use the return envelope that was provided with the application.
Voters may select “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” as their reason for requesting an absentee ballot due to the potential of contracting COVID-19.
Voters with special needs may apply for an accessible absentee ballot HERE.
We have some new legislation and budget initiatives to discuss!
We’re officially one month into the 2020 legislative session and to keep you in the loop, I’d like to tell you about a few pieces of legislation I support that you might be interested to know about. I’ll also be giving you a preview of some of my funding priorities as we near the 2020-21 state budget cycle, which touches just about every issue you can think of--education, health, environment, transportation, taxes, libraries, the opioid crisis and more.
This past week, the State Legislature held joint budget hearings in Albany on transportation, environmental conservation, health and mental health, and agriculture, among other subjects, and more hearings will be held in the coming weeks. In my view, it's not enough to hold hearings in Albany, and I will be convening a budget hearing with my colleague, Senator James Skoufis, specifically for our region on Thursday, March 5, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (hold the date!). I will let you know the location as soon as it's confirmed. In this budget process, I'll be listening to you and fighting for a 2020-21 budget that is responsive to the needs and priorities of our communities.
Please feel free to email me at [email protected] with your thoughts and questions about any of the bills or issues mentioned below.
Requires the Department of Health to monitor the prescription drug registry to crack down on illegal over-prescribing.
Increases the Farm Workforce Retention Credit from $600 to $1,200 to farmers for employees who work 500 or more hours each year.
Ensures that those in need of insulin have affordable access to it.
Codifies New York’s fracking ban into state law.
Raises revenue on Wall Street to make sure corporations pay their fair share.
- Combating the Opioid Crisis and Eliminating Pill Mills in New York
- Providing Relief for Farmers on Labor Costs
- Increasing Access to Insulin and Other Life-Sustaining Medication
- Fighting Corporate Greed and Putting Our Communities First
- Ending the Destructive Practice of Fracking in New York
- Advocating for State Funding to Protect our Local Roads at the Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation
- Calling out PBMs for Rising Prescription Drug Costs at the Joint Budget Hearing on Health/Medicaid
An update on my work for NY-19: action on the opioid epidemic, PFAS contamination, rural broadband, and more
It’s been a busy start to the year: I wrapped up my first in-district work week of 2020 and introduced legislation to help support students in workforce development programs.
On Tuesday, Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann joined me as my guest for the State of the Union Address. Chief Volkmann is working on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, doing life-saving work in Columbia County to respond to overdoses and connect individuals with treatment facilities. His innovative program, Chatham Cares 4 U, is a model for the country when it comes to opioid treatment and recovery. We need to work together at all levels of government to end the opioid epidemic, and that’s why I’m lucky to have Chief Volkmann as a partner in these efforts.
Here’s an update on my work for NY-19:Read more