Members of county police reform committee named

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Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has named 13 members of a committee charged with developing a state-ordered plan to reform policing.

The action meets the requirement of an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo June 12 after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and related protests. Cuomo ordered all local governments with a police agency to convene a group of stakeholders, including the district attorney, head of the police agency, and non-profit and faith-based community groups, to review current policies and practices, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

The members are:

Picente;

Arthur Atkins, pastor of Rome Wesleyan Church;

Shelly Callahan, executive director of The Center, formerly known as the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees;

Gerald Fiorini, chairman of the Oneida County Board of Legislators;

Wendy Goetz, executive director of the Rescue Mission of Utica;

Dietra Harvey, Utica’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Administrator for United Way of the Mohawk Valley;

Robert Maciol, Oneida County sheriff;

Sonia Martinez, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Latino Association;

Scott McNamara, Oneida County district attorney;

Frank Nebush, Oneida County public defender;

Jacqueline Nelson, president of the Rome NAACP;

Jim Plumley, owner of Carpenter’s Paint & Hardware in Camden; and

Dianne Stancato, chief executive Officer of the YWCA Mohawk Valley.

Under the executive order, the plans are due April 1. Failure to comply could result in losing state and federal
funds.

According to Picente’s announcement, the committee’s plan will be offered for public comment, and will be presented to the Oneida County Board of Legislators to adopt the plan by
local law or resolution no later than April 1.

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