Posted by Eric Adams on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Government Operations, Police
NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins Majority Conference Colleagues to Reform the Position of State Police Superintendent NYS Senator Eric Adams and Colleagues to Remove Politics from Appointment Process and Job Performance of State Police Superintendent, Mandating Independence and Accountability Legislation is designed to introduce sweeping reforms that will ensure the integrity of the Office of NYS Police Superintendent NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “Today we announce legislation to reform the process through which the Superintendent of the State Police is nominated and confirmed and operates within his office. This major overhaul will halt the intrusion of political chicanery by requiring greater transparency, accountability, and independence in the operations of the State Police. “The Superintendent will be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to a single ten-year term. Only the full Legislature will have the authority to remove the Superintendent from his or her position, through a majority vote in both houses. In the event the Superintendent resigns or is no longer able to perform his or her duties, the Governor will appoint an interim Superintend for a four-month period, followed by a permanent new Superintendent to serve the remainder of the incomplete term. “Further, the responsibilities of the Superintendent will be expanded to include the submission of annual reports to the Legislature detailing the inter- and intra-governmental activities of the State Police in the most recent fiscal year. These reports will be public documents and must include:
• Information detailing any special requests from the Executive or the Legislature for services beyond traditional duties of the State Police;
• The report must include a certification signed by both the Superintendent and the Administrator of the State Police Executive Service Unit attesting that the information provided is true to the best of his/her knowledge. If such certification is found to be false fraudulent, the Superintendent may be subject to sanctions and penalties deemed appropriate by the Legislature.