June Board of Trustee Meetings Denounce Any Form of Racism or Bias
By Stephen E. Lipken
Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened the Monday, June 1st Board of Trustees meeting stating, “Our hearts are heavy. We have on our minds the terrible video and the tragic events in Minneapolis that resulted in the death of George Floyd. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
A Resolution was presented authorizing Village Manager John Pierpont to sign Intermunicipal Agreement with Westchester County for solid waste and recyclables disposal for Refuse Disposal District #1. “The county operates an incinerator that converts to steam. The transfer station is in Mount Vernon and taken by tractor trailer to Charles Point,” Pierpont said.
At the Monday, June 22nd remote meeting, Lapey expressed hope that they would be able to meet with the public in person at the Monday, July 13th meeting and read a statement supporting fair and equal treatment, denouncing any form of racism, bigotry, bias or hatred. The statement reads in part, “All Pelham Manor police officers, both recruits and those in service, receive varied and comprehensive training at the Westchester Police Academy.
“These programs include crisis intervention training, reality-based training, juvenile officer training and de-escalation technique. Every patrol officer and detective in our Police Department is trained in de-escalation and we presently have three crisis intervention officers and two mental health ‘first aid’ officers. Our crisis intervention officers are trained to negotiate in the field, while our mental health officers are trained to recognize the early warning signs of need…
“Consistent with this Board’s commitment to communication and community outreach, officers make daily stops at elementary schools, promoting trust. Our Police Department sends informational and critical updates to the public through Facebook and Nixle (text 10802 to 888-777 to sign up).
“Perhaps most importantly, Carpenter has an ‘Open Door’ Policy, making the highest level of law enforcement imminently approachable and accessible.”