Yonkers mayor appoints police reform committee

 YONKERS  – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Thursday announced the appointment and convening of the city’s police reform committee. In accordance with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 203 urging New York’s more than 500 police agencies to rebuild police-community relations, the Yonkers Police Reform Committee will meet over the next four months for a fact-based, open dialogue about the public safety needs of the city.

“Recent events across our nation have shed light on the need to reimagine how our local police agencies engage with the communities they protect,” said Spano. “In Yonkers, I am very proud of the reforms we’ve made together over the last eight years, becoming a model for other departments, but I also know we can always do better. We welcome the opportunity to continue transparent conversations with our residents to ensure Yonkers moves forward in a positive direction.”

Spano appointed a 21-member committee ranging in backgrounds and experiences to best reflect the concerns and opinions of how law enforcement is handled in Yonkers. Consisting of local community members, law enforcement, clergy and elected officials, the City of Yonkers Police Reform Committee includes:

  • Gail Baxter                                 Hudson River Community Association
  • Dr. Jim Bostic, TH. D                 Nepperhan Community Center, Executive Director
  • Daniel Campanini                      Yonkers Police Department, Deputy Chief
  • Rev. Frank Coleman                  NAACP, Yonkers Chapter, President
  • Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, Esq. Yonkers Board of Education Trustee/Attorney
  • Hon. Tasha Diaz                        Yonkers City Council, Third District
  • Autumn Edwards                      Yonkers Police Department, Officer
  • Pauline Galvin, Esq.                 Yonkers Civil Service Commission/Attorney
  • Carmen Goldberg                     Charter School of Educational Excellence
  • Rev. James Hassell                    Kingdom Christian Cultural Center
  • Charlie Knight                            YWCA, CEO/Executive Director
  • Doreen Lloyd, Esq.                    Yonkers Bureau Chief, Westchester County DA’s Office
  • Darryl Mack                               Yonkers Public Schools, Assistant Principal
  • Donnell McCall                          Community member
  • Carlos Moran                             Mayor’s Representative (Chair)
  • Keith Olson                                Yonkers Police Benevolence Association, President
  • Lucria Ortiz                                 YMCA, CEO/President
  • Hon. Michael Sabatino             LGBTQIA community member
  • Vincent Tyler                             Yonkers Police Department, Retired Detective
  • Lt. Charles Walker                    Yonkers Police Department/Yonkers Guardians Association, President
  • Cecilia Zuniga-Espiritu            La Piñata, business owner

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