On June 12, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 203 (See governor.ny.gov/executiveorders) that orders any municipality with a police department to perform a comprehensive review of the department’s policies, practices and procedures, and develop a plan to improve upon these policies, if warranted. The Chief Executive Officer of the government, in this case the Supervisor, is charged with considering several specific things, among which are the use of force policy, procedural justice, community outreach, violence prevention and focused deterrence. The Town must consult with stakeholders that include the police, district attorney, local elected officials and members of the community. A plan must then be prepared, offered for public comment, and then adopted by the Town Board by Apr. 1, 2021.
I have empaneled a cross section of our community to undertake this review, and the first meeting will be held on Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public will be able to view the meeting live, and the link will be posted on the Town’s website at www.townofwarwick.org the week prior to the first meeting.
Questions from the public should be submitted to my office either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be mailed to Supervisor’s Office, Town of Warwick, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY 10990 before Mon., Oct. 26.
Orange County will resume Household Hazardous Waste and Operation Safe Scripts Pharmaceutical Collection at Orange County Transfer Station #1, 21 Training Center Ln. in New Hampton on Sat., Oct. 24. It’s free for Orange County residents with proof of residency (driver’s license or utility bill with Orange County address). Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s office will be present to collect unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications. The event will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is strictly for Orange County residents.
For a full list of the acceptable and unacceptable items, please visit www.orangecountygov.com/efs and click on the Household Hazardous Waste tab, or contact Ermin Siljkovic at 291-3246.
The following steps have been taken to ensure safety for all: All workers will wear a mask and proper PPE; attendees are encouraged to come one person per vehicle and show their proof of residency through a closed window; attendees are to remain in their vehicles unless there is an emergency; materials should be packed in the rear of vehicles for workers to handle; containers will not be returned to prevent possibility of virus transmission.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick.