The Mayor’s Revolving Door of Police Chiefs
October 16, 2019 (via email)
Dear Friends and Supporters:
ON NOVEMBER 5TH YOU CAN STOP THE REVOLVING DOOR OF POLICE CHIEFS IN HARRISON
Last week, Lohud reported that Harrison’s most recent police chief has stepped down voluntarily because New York State law prohibits the continuation of his provisional and temporary status. https://www.lohud.com/story/
This marks the fourth time in three years that Harrison has needed to find a new police chief. Harrison’s two prior chiefs retired amid controversies involving sexual harassment and tax evasion. One of those former chiefs is now suing Mayor Belmont in a case that taxpayers will have to pay to defend. https://www.lohud.com/story/
The latest resignation was required by law and the Town has been aware of the impending deadline for appointing a permanent replacement since July at the latest. Harrison has received repeated notice from the County Department of Human Resources that the Town could face a misdemeanor if it did not take action on a permanent hire. Yet Mayor Belmont and his governance team have done nothing and, according to press reports, are blaming summer vacation for their continuing delay. One suspects that the Mayor’s real motivations are political. A list of five qualified candidates for police chief were identified following a civil service exam given in early March. Is the Mayor putting off the appointment until after the upcoming elections to avoid alienating the families of those town residents under consideration? It certainly looks like it.
Harrison deserves a police department with stable leadership. Belmont and his team are playing politics with public safety. On November 5th you can vote to take this critical decision out of his hands and put it into the hands of people who will take action solely in the Town’s best interest.
Frank Gordon, Candidate for Mayor
Lauren Leader, Candidate for Town Board
Michael Romita, Candidate for Town Board