Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the next steps are being taken to comply with an order by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year requiring local governments to reform law enforcement agencies to make them more diverse and better responsive to the needs of the community.

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A steering committee is set up to improve public safety and enforcement policies with members from the executive branch, the current police administration, several police officers of various backgrounds, sex and ethnicity, community and school leaders that include groups like National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch and the police union, religious organizations, public defenders and representatives of the Binghamton University community.

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Municipal police reform and re-invention plans must be submitted to Governor Cuomo by April 1, 2021 in order to maintain State funding.

Residents or organization wishing to comment on the plan can go to the City of Binghamton website and go to the dedicated 2021 Binghamton Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative page and can email at BPDcollaborative@cityofbinghamton.com.

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