NY AG James responds to Nassau legislators' police reform plan concerns

New York Attorney General Letitia James has weighed in on Nassau County's police reform plan.

News 12 Staff

May 11, 2021, 7:52 PM

Updated 1,067 days ago

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has weighed in on Nassau County's police reform plan.
Nassau Legislators Siela Bynoe, Kevan Abrahams and Carrié Solages want the county to go back to the table and adjust its police reform plan. They specifically want a civilian complaint review board, or another third-party oversight board.
A few weeks ago, James wrote back to those three legislators. She says Nassau's police reform plan lacks local independent oversight of officers.
Bynoe said she's pleased with the response.
"I was encouraged by her response. I believe it will require the county stakeholders to go back to the table," Bynoe said.
Bynoe, Abrahams and Solages first raised their concerns to James in late March.
James recently wrote back, "I also share your concerns about the failure to create meaningful checks on law enforcement in Nassau County and support your efforts to ensure that the appropriate oversight bodies are created."
James also noted her office had recently created the statewide Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, known as LEMIO, but added, "it is no substitute" for local oversight, like a Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said he thinks the oversight already in place is sufficient.
"We have internal affairs, we have supervisory, the district attorney, you have now the attorney general," Ryder said. "I saw attorney general's letter that it's not as strong as an office, and she will have extra attention down here. That's fine, we welcome it, we're not hiding nothing."
"I'm very proud of the plan, but of course we are always open to improve," said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
"I don't see how you can say you're open to ideas when you rejected nine," said Kiana Abbady, of LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety. "It's daunting to recognize that the only Black statewide elected official said the current administration's reform plan is not good enough."
Abbady said the county should adopt the People's Reform plan, which includes an independent police review board.
The full Nassau Legislature adopted the Nassau Police Reform plan currently in place at the end of March, right before the state's April 1 deadline.


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