POUGHKEEPSIE – A resolution
tabled two weeks ago over concerns by the police chief, and uncertainties
by some council members, was unanimously approved in short order tonight.
The detailed resolution declaring “Safe City” status does not
mention immigrants in the title, which states its intent to “ensure
public safety and protect the city’s financial resources.”
Chief Thomas Pape, who asked for the delay in part to participate in a webinar
covering many pertinent issues, assured the council this does not put additional
unreasonable demands on him or his department.
Comments by residents at the start of the meeting were mixed, with some
sharp criticism of the Safe City designation. They were the minority and
when the vote was complete, it was greeted with a sustained cheer.