Public Safety
Committee Meeting
6/25/2012 9:00 AM
Committee Room
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor   White Plains, NY 10601
CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, {MinutesOpenedBy} called the meeting to order at {MinutesOpened:h:mm tt}.

Roll Call

Others In Attendance: CEO: K. Delgado, J. Moccio  PUBLIC SAFETY: G. Longworth, M. McGlynn, J. Yasinski CORRECTION: K. Cheverko, W. Mazzuca, K. Vollmer LAW: J. Robertson, T. Altschiller BOL: D. Linhardt, D. Gomez, S. Bass, D. Tubiolo, B. Molloy, S. Kirkpatrick GUESTS: E. Ganga, M. Hagan, T. Malandrino.

 

MINUTES APPROVAL
1. Minutes of Jun 18, 2012 9:00 AM

On motion of Legislator Harckham, seconded by Legislator Burrows the minutes were approved 4 - 0.

I. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
1. ACT-2012-99 : IMA-Prisoner Transportation-Peekskill

An ACT authorizing the County to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement with the City of Peekskill in order to provide reimbursement for prisoner transportation to the Westchester County Jail.

Chair Perez asked Commissioner Cheverko of the Department of Correction, Commissioner Longworth of the Department of Public Safety and Mike Hagan, President of the PBA to began the discussion.  She noted that the IMA's have been amended to put back the language from the 2010 legislation which would allow only County Police to transport County prisoners.  

 

Commissioner Cheverko stated that when they negotiated the new contracts with Peekskill and Yonkers, they took out the language that allowed only County Police to transport County prisoners. This was done in order to provide the opportunity, going forward, to allow Yonkers and Peekskill to transport all prisoners.

 

Mr. Burrows noted that they have heard from Union members that this was part of a lawsuit that was brought to PERB in the past and that the decision was against the County.   He asked if there was other information which would explain why this would now be permissable.

 

Comm. Longworth stated that he believed the PERB decision did not apply in this case.  Corrections has the responsibility for transporting prisoners and under NYS Law it cannot be delegated.  They also believe the case was brought in the wrong venue and if brought in the correct venue, the County would have prevailed.

 

The Commissioner explained that the department was looking for economies and better management and felt that having municipal police transfer county police prisoners was one way to accomplish that.

 

Mr. Harckham noted that the Committee had heard from the union's lawyers last week with a very different point of view and is concerned about a possible action against the County.

 

Mr. Hagan stated that the County Public Safety Officers were already spread too thin and that this was another way of trying to cut their numbers even further by taking away more of the responsibilities of Public Safety Officers and giving them to others.

 

Mr. Burrows and Mr. Gelfarb both asked for an opinion by the County Attorney and asked the Chair to request that he be present at the next meeting.

 

 

a. IMA-Prisoner Transportation-Peekskill-DRAFT
2. ACT-2012-100 : IMA-Prisoner Transportation-Yonkers

An ACT authorizing the County to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement with the City of Yonkers in order to provide reimbursement for prisoner transportation to the Westchester County Jail.

Please see Item #1

a. IMA-Prisoner Transportation-Yonkers-DRAFT
3. ACT-2012-154 : Generator Inventory-County-Municipalities-DRAFT
An ACT directing the Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to (i) conduct an inventory of the mobile and/or portable generators owned by the County of Westchester and (ii) conduct a survey of all municipalities to assess the emergency power needs of their critical municipal facilities.

Chair Perez asked Mr. Harckham to introduce this item.  Mr. Harckham briefly explained that this came out of lessons learned during the last two storms. The local OEM's were relying on emergency generators, some of which were provided by the County, others had their own, but some burned out.  There were not enough County back-up generators to go around Northern Westchester.  The concern was that if this were a County wide event would we be prepared as a County to provide backup.  That's how this act generated.  This is part of long range emergency planning. 

 

Mr. Burrows asked if this was just to find out what the inventory is or a requirement to get the County to purchase generators for the municipalities.  Mr. Harckham replied that this is just an inventory.  After the inventory the County can figure out what the next steps might be.

 

Mr. Robertson of the law department explained that the new Act asked the Department of Emergency Services for an inventory of the County's generators and to conduct a survey of all municipalities in Westchester County to assess their generator needs for critical infrastructure and departments and what particular types of generators and power the municipalities had.

 

Mr. Robertson noted that this survey would also give the emergency coordinators more of an idea of what is available in surrounding communities, not just the County, in an emergency.

 

Ms. Perez asked Mr. Robertson if he had any idea when was the last time the County had purchased generators.  Mr. Robertson replied that the previous administration had done some purchasing of generators, but he had no direct knowledge of the age and condition of any generators. 

 

Mr. Harckham suggested asking the Commissioner of Emergency Services to come to a meeting of the Committee to discuss the generator survey. The Commissioner could suggest a reasonable time frame for the survey.

a. ACT-Generator Inventory-County-Municipalities-DRAFT
II. OTHER BUSINESS

Unfinished Business and any other agenda items to come before the Committee.

III. RECEIVE & FILE
ADJOURNMENT

Moved by Legislator Harckham seconded by Legislator Burrows the Committee on Public Safety & Security adjourned at {MinutesClosed:h:mm tt} with a vote of 4 - 0.

 




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