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Editorial: Schenectady police should accept open hearing without a fight

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Armed with a favorable ruling by the state Appellate Division the week before last, the city of Schenectady plans to go ahead and hold an open disciplinary hearing for its latest arrested cop, Eric Peters. Not only would that be in the public’s interest, but the police department’s — it’s the best way for Schenectadians to feel confident that their police officers are being held accountable for misbehavior, and at the same time that the ...


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wmarincic
May 21, 2011
8:23 a.m.

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The Schenectady Police did not get a friendly judge.... The commissioner and the 6 Chiefs got one..... The Police as always got screwed.

wmarincic
May 21, 2011
12:13 p.m.

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Check your facts editor.
1) Kevin Luibrand is NOT the unions lawyer, he is Eric Peter's. 2) The union does not have to approve the hearing officer. The city can select any hearing officer it wants. If/when it comes to arbitration, then the city and union agree on the arbitrator.

wmarincic
May 21, 2011
12:25 p.m.

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How easy were these fact's to check and The Gazette did not. How do you "NOT" even know that Luibrand is Eric Peters Lawyer. How can you even have a job when your whole story is based on lies and untruths. At least check SOME of you facts.

nino187h
May 21, 2011
9:51 p.m.

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The gazette is just trying to create a catch 22 situation. The moral of this editorial seems to be, if they fight they are corrupt, but if they don't fight they are doing it for there own good and therefore cant be trusted...bias local news at its best.

jpatrick
May 23, 2011
12:45 p.m.

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The editorial writer did make two errors. We'll run a correction in Tuesday's paper, but for the record...
"Our May 21 editorial about police disciplinary hearings in Schenectady contained two errors.
First, Kevin Luibrand is not the union’s lawyer. He represents Eric Peters, an officer the city is trying to discipline.
Second, the binding arbitration process does not require the city and union to choose a hearing officer together. That requirement applies only
to choosing an arbitrator, the final step in the process if the union appeals the hearing officer’s decision. But when the city proposed having
the same hearing officer, Jeffrey Selchick, hear all the disciplinary cases, the union did not object."

Judy Patrick
Managing editor

wmarincic
May 23, 2011
3:41 p.m.

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Judy thank you for admitting the papers errors. Now as far as Selchick goes the Union must still approve him for the Peters case.

wmarincic
May 23, 2011
4:12 p.m.

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I stand corrected though, the Union does not have to approve him for the Peters case.

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