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Lawmakers try to limit power of Sch'dy official

Bill to stop Bennett from disciplining police already vetoed three times

Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne E. Bennett  talks to families during a swearing-in ceremony in the rotunda at Schenectady City Hall in 2013.
Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne E. Bennett talks to families during a swearing-in ceremony in the rotunda at Schenectady City Hall in 2013.
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Yet again, the state Legislature has passed a bill that would stop Schenectady’s public safety commissioner from disciplining the police under his command. Three governors have vetoed the bill in the past seven years, and the Legislature has never voted to override the vetoes, despite passing the bill with many more votes than needed for an override. So city officials aren’t worried that the bill will go into effect this time — but they are ...

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safny
June 26, 2014
5:57 a.m.

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We do not need to keep paying Wayne Bennett forever. He already gets a gigantic pension. But we also do not need to pay suspended police officers for years while their cases wend their way through arbitration. The taxpayers need RELIEF - not more bills to pay. McCarthy should man up and get rid of his bud Bennett and find a meaningful way to discipline police officers without Wayne.

wmarincic
June 26, 2014
6:53 a.m.

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McCarthy said he was disappointed that the bill went through without any input. That's funny, I didn't hear him say that about the safe act. Also, the bill is needed, there are always three sides to a story, his, theirs and the truth. Police are in a very unique and difficult position in many cases , and different people see things in a different way. Some people would call using force to subdue a dangerous person brutality, while calling for the officer to be fired while not knowing that the police maybe had previous contact where the suspect has hurt himself or others. I hope the bill passes this time and that it is signed into law.

mkuban
June 26, 2014
3 p.m.

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daily.... perhaps you didn't hear about the police officer who while off duty had a road rage incident which ended with him retrieving his gun from his truck to intimidate the other people. forget about if he actually pointed the gun at them the simple fact that is was displayed was patently wrong. The now former officer was paid for the last 13 months of his career and allowed to retire. And he can even work for another police department. Now there's somebody I want to interact with as a law enforcement official.

Miscreants and dumb asses should be fired, plain and simple.

wmarincic
June 27, 2014
6:30 a.m.

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Mkuban, from what I know Detective Hotaling had past contact with the accused while doing his job as a police officer and from what I heard this was payback. BTW mkuban did you read the account of the accuser of disrupting the court proceedings and then go out side and start picking fights. Yeah I believe that guy.

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