Resolution No. 50

 

Supervisor BREH offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE “EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS PRIVACY  AND PROTECTION ACT” (S.7280/A.09107)

WHEREAS, new discovery reform laws were passed in the 2019-2020 NYS Budget that overhauled the discovery process, requiring an expedited timeline to provide materials such as police reports, radio transmissions, body-worn and dash-cam video, along with other data related to prosecution; and

WHEREAS, the current law protects law enforcement personnel by allowing their personal identifying information to be excluded from discovery documents and records, but does not include protections for first responders, who in many instances provide service at crime scenes; and

WHEREAS, ambulance services personnel, advanced life support first response services, certified first responders, firefighters, emergency medical technicians or advanced emergency medical technicians, who are employed by or enrolled members of any such service should also have their personal identifying information protected from discovery, so they are not subject to retaliation or witness tampering; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby encourages all members of the New York Senate and Assembly to support S.7280/A.09107, the “Emergency First Responders Privacy and Protection Act; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Cuomo, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Civil Defense Director/Fire Coordinator, Sheriff, NYSAC, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor GROFF and adopted by the following vote:
Total:  Ayes: 20   Nays: 0

 

 

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