Bill Text: NY S06568 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Directs the division of criminal justice services to study the state of the police department in the village of Hempstead regarding the policies, practices and finances of the police department and regarding the state of public safety in the village.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-19 - referred to codes [S06568 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S06568-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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            S. 6568                                                  A. 8408

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                SENATE - ASSEMBLY

                                      June 16, 2019
                                       ___________

        IN  SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. THOMAS -- read twice and ordered print-
          ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

        IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. RAYNOR -- read once  and  referred
          to the Committee on Codes

        AN  ACT directing the division of criminal justice services to study the
          state of the police department in the village of Hempstead and provid-
          ing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Legislative findings. It is of the utmost importance that
     2  the various police departments of this state engage in modern, effective
     3  policing to ensure the safety of  our  communities.  Police  departments
     4  must  be  free  of corruption and engaging in best practices in order to
     5  carry out their vital  charge.  After  a  recent  spate  of  charges  of
     6  corruption  among the leadership of the police department of the village
     7  of Hempstead, Nassau County, and after a recent conviction thereof,  the
     8  legislature  finds  that  it  is in the interests of the state to ensure
     9  that the police department of this village is properly  ensuring  public
    10  safety.
    11    § 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the division of crim-
    12  inal justice services shall, within thirty days of the effective date of
    13  this  act, undertake a study in consultation with the comptroller of the
    14  state of New York, regarding the policies, practices and finances of the
    15  police department of  the  village  of  Hempstead,  Nassau  County,  and
    16  regarding  the  state  of public safety in the village of Hempstead. The
    17  police department shall provide, and the division  of  criminal  justice
    18  services  and  the  comptroller  shall  review,  any  and all documents,
    19  including but not limited to records, financial statements  and  written
    20  policies  regarding  policing  and the state of the police department in
    21  the village of Hempstead.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13400-01-9

        S. 6568                             2                            A. 8408

     1    § 3. The division of criminal justice services shall conduct at  least
     2  one  hearing in the village of Hempstead regarding public safety and the
     3  state of  the  police  department.  The  division  of  criminal  justice
     4  services shall take any written testimony as it deems necessary in order
     5  to aid such study, and shall take all other steps necessary to provide a
     6  thorough analysis of all issues described in this act.
     7    §  4.  The division of criminal justice services, in consultation with
     8  the comptroller, shall issue its final report no later than one  hundred
     9  eighty days after the effective date of this act. The division of crimi-
    10  nal  justice  services shall issue its final report to the governor, the
    11  temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, and  the
    12  chair  of  the  senate  committee on codes and the assembly committee on
    13  codes, and post a copy of such report on its website.
    14    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
    15  deemed  repealed  one  year  after the date on which this act shall have
    16  become law.
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