Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission
MAYOR JOHNSON ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF THE POLICE RECONCILIATION & ADVISORY COMMISSION
The City of Hudson is committed to ensuring equality, social justice, violence reduction, and accountability related to all interactions with the community, its members, and the police. Mayor Johnson is creating a Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission (PARC) to advise on police policy and reform.
“The organizing principle of this committee is that by working alongside our police department we can better understand our officers and, in exchange, our officers can better understand the needs of our community,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Our goal is to always be proactive instead of reactive.”
The PARC is part of a larger set of policy changes and engagement initiatives designed to keep residents safe and ensure all residents equal protection. On July 15, Mayor Kamal Johnson issued Executive Order 21-20 Regarding City of Hudson Police Reforms which outlines nine actions, one of which is the PARC.
The first goal of the PARC is to produce a Reconciliation Report to advise the Mayor on the following:
The current level of community trust, both citywide and in each ward, in the Hudson Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, and the NYS Police
Specific recent incidents (within the last 5 years), which occurred within the City involving any of these police departments that have either inspired or undermined community trust or caused a physical or emotional injury, including incidents of police brutality or misconduct, if any;
The current level of job satisfaction and concerns among officers of the Hudson Police Department;
Recent incidents (within the last 5 years), of injury to police officers from any police department that have occurred while on duty in the City of Hudson;
Recommendations by community members or police officers to address mistrust or negative attitudes toward police officers and departments or the community;
Challenges associated with responding to people in mental health crises or in physical crisis due to a substance use disorder;
Other issues the community or police may wish to raise or the Commission may wish to explore;
Recommendations to reconcile any mistrust, negative attitudes or the physical and emotional injuries that either community members or police may have experienced.
Mayor Johnson appoints ten members to the PARC. Several of the members have successfully led progressive policy improvements within large institutions. Members have a variety of lived experiences and professional backgrounds and fairly represent Hudson’s diversity.
Theo Anthony is a filmmaker based in Hudson, NY. His first feature documentary, Rat Film, premiered to critical acclaim, with a successful festival and theatrical run followed by a broadcast premiere on PBS Independent Lens in early 2018. His follow-up, Subject to Review was broadcast in late 2019 as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. He is currently in post-production on his next feature documentary, All Light, Everywhere, due out in late 2020.
Vern Cross, a lifelong resident of Hudson, is the co-host of the popular local radio show Drive Time on WGXC 90.7. Cross is a community advocate who has volunteered his time coaching and mentoring youth in the Hudson community. He has over ten years’ experience navigating difficult conversations regarding mental health, suicide, and police/community relations.
Elizabeth Dickey is a writer, educator, and community advocate. Before moving to Hudson in 2018, she was a volunteer crisis counselor for NYC Anti-Violence Project, a teaching assistant with Art Start, and a member of the University of Michigan's Collective Against White Supremacy.
Sgt Christopher M Filli is a 19-year veteran. He is a Hudson High School graduate. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Greene Community College. He is a graduate of Zone 14 Police Academy. He formerly served with Copake and Philmont police departments. He was promoted to Sergeant in December 2017. He previously served as a Detective in the Hudson Police Department. He is President of Local 3972, Council 82, NYS Law Enforcement Officers Union. He is a Bicycle Officer, member of the Cause & Origin (Arson) team, instructor development certified, and Crime Scene Investigator.
Sgt Mishanda Franklin is a 17-year veteran. She is a Hudson High School graduate and previously worked for Hudson’s Youth Department. She attended Columbia Greene Community College, University of Arizona, and New York University. She is a graduate of Zone 14 Police Academy. She was promoted to Sergeant in October 2017. She is instructor development certified, Child Safety Seat Technician, and a Bicycle Officer.
Linda Friedner is a five-year resident of Hudson, has worked as a media and First Amendment lawyer for over 30 years. Currently she is in-house counsel at Penguin Random House, where she also advises the Human Resources departments across the US and Canada. In this capacity in 2017, she co-created a company-wide anti-sexual harassment training program as well as a reporting and investigation policy. Friedner is a member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council and conducted a poll-watcher training session in Hudson in 2016. In addition, Friedner recently worked with a group of Hudson residents to prepare an analysis of the Hudson Police Union contract and to compile a list of questions for the Police Committee of the Common Council.
Joan E. Hunt, LMSW is the Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) in Hudson, NY. The GHPN, a placed-based, cradle to career initiative modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, aims to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and to build strong, vibrant communities. For the past 8 years, Hunt has led the GHPN, successfully building partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, elected officials, county agencies, municipalities, businesses, youth, families and faith-based organizations to address unmet needs in the Hudson community. In 2015, Hunt and the GHPN team launched the Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (GHICIP), a partner in Osborne’s NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents. In August of 2016, GHPN partnered with the Columbia County Jail to implement “Enhanced Child” visits, allowing children to visit with their incarcerated parents free of restrictions. This program has been a huge success and is now being replicated by other county jails in NYS. Hunt has over 10 years of experience working to reform the criminal justice systems and is passionate about advocating for the rights of those directly impacted.
Gregory Mosley served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police and was a 1978 Graduate of the Prince George County Police Academy in PG County, Maryland. In 1979 Mosley became a New York State Trooper. He served thirty-two years with the State Police and retired as a Lieutenant. During his tenure with the NYS Police, Mosley developed the curriculum for law enforcement officers on a national level concerning Racial Profiling and Cultural Diversity. In addition, Mosley developed curriculum for Undercover Narcotic Investigation training programs, News Media Introduction to Police Training, Police Civilian Interaction Training for non-Police Officers, Sexual Harassment Training, and Ethics Training for Police Officers. Mosley served as the New York State Police Affirmative Action Chair and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance Officer in the office of Human Resources. He is a two-time recipient of the New York State Police George M. Serial Award for the design and development of law enforcement training programs.
Dewan Sarowar is serving his second term as Alderman of the 2nd Ward. Sarowar chairs the city Police Committee.
Officer Randy J. Strattman is a 3-year veteran. Born in Hudson and graduate of Ichabod Crane High School. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Hudson Valley Community College. He previously served with the Chatham police, Hudson Falls police, Glens Falls police. He is a Bicycle Officer.
The Reconciliation Report is to be presented to the Mayor by November 15, 2020. The Mayor will share the report with the Police Department by December 1, 2020 and the public by December 30, 2020. The Report will be used to develop Hudson’s Police Reform Plan (HPRP) in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 203 calling for a “comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and the development of a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.”
Following submission of the Reconciliation Report, the Commission will meet with the Mayor monthly, or as needed, to advise the Mayor on all matters related to the Police Department and Hudson’s Police Reform Plan, or as requested by the Mayor.