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Schenectady can discipline its own cops

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When you go to court, it doesn’t get much better than a clear, forceful, unanimous decision by the highest tribunal around. That’s what the city of Schenectady, and other municipalities in the state interested in disciplining their own police officers, got from the Court of Appeals Thursday. It’s great news for the municipalities and their taxpayers, who stand not only to get better police forces but to save time and money now wasted on errant ...


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wmarincic
October 28, 2012
8:56 a.m.

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If it is the last word why does the Gazette continue to bring it up day after day after day?

mezz3131
October 28, 2012
3:54 p.m.

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Its the last word for the town of Wallkill, however, Schenectady's fate has yet to be determined. Although the two cases are similar this ruling should have no immediate effect on police discipline in the city of Schenectady. The city and PBA will have to go through the same process as the town of Wallkill for an ultimate determination. Also, contrary to popular belief, the city has always had the right to choose whomever they wish to be the public hearing officer. Which means the Commissioner could have presided over all the past hearings, but the city itself chose to pay for an arbitrator who acted in the capacity of a hearing officer. Your description of how an arbitrator is chosen is also wrong. Both the city and PBA are given a list in which they both have "veto powers" as you put it, and the least objectionable arbitrator to both sides is the one chosen. The system was constructed to be objective. In any case, it will be a while before we have the last word in Schenectady.

ThePhilistine
October 28, 2012
11:48 p.m.

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The Gazette is creaming itself right now over this case. How many articles are needed for one story? Also have they forgotten about federal court? The Supreme Court is the only court that gets the last word.

rjk1915
October 29, 2012
11:48 a.m.

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Schenectady is allowed to do so. The important question is whether it will.

wmarincic
October 30, 2012
5:54 p.m.

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Thats a whole lot of slander wouldn't you say counselor do you have proof to back it up???

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