Executive Order 203 Oversight Committee
- Mr. Ray Harvey, Chairman, and President of the Newburgh/Highland Falls Chapter of NAACP
- Pastor Obed Alymeda, Fountain of Life Church
- Ms. Tanika Amicy, Community Voices Heard
- Ms. Sertaira Boyd, Chairperson of PCRRB
- Bishop Terry Dorsey, Christian Ministerial Fellowship
- Ms. Michelle McKeon, CEO of RECAP
- Mr. Rene Mejia, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
- Ms. Ramona Monteverde, City Council
- Mr. Philippe Pierre, Resident and Restauranteur
- Mr. Omari Shakur, City Council
- Mr. Robert Sklarz, City Council
- Ms. Barbara Smith, Resident
- Mr. Isaiah Valentine, NU. Voters movement
- Bishop Jeff Woody, Christian Ministerial Fellowship
Pursuant to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order Number 203 following the police-involved death of George Floyd, all New York State municipalities are required "to develop a plan to improve deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color".
Part of this requirement is to involve stakeholders in the community; an outline of stakeholders was provided and such stakeholders included:
Must Be Involved
- Interested non-profit and faith-based community groups
- Local elected officials
- Members of the community, with emphasis on areas with high numbers of police and community interactions
- Membership and leadership of the local police force
- Business leaders
- LGBTQIA+ leaders and advocates
- Local education officials and educators
- The Local Health Department and healthcare leaders and advocates
- Local neighborhood, homeless, and housing advocates
- Mental health professionals
- Residents who have had interactions with the police
- Transportation and transit officials
Using these criteria we have formed our committee and their charge is as follows:
- Review the needs of the community served by its police agency and evaluate the department's current policies and practices.
- Review policies to assess if they allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties.
- Involve the entire community in discussion.
- Collect input from the community to be considered by the committee.
- Offer the Final Policing Reform Plan for public comment.
- Certification and copy of the adopted plan to be submitted by April 1, 2021.
The ultimate task of the Committee is to create a set of recommendations for Police Reform as it relates to our community, keeping in mind the safety of the City of Newburgh police force and the community at large.