Orangetown has hired its first certified Spanish-speaking police officer and has plans to hire a second. The town has been criticized for the past few years for being the only town police force without a Spanish-speaking officer.
Police Chief Kevin Nulty said he had been unable to hire a police officer who speaks the language because of town policy, which dictates that police officers must live in Orangetown at the time they’re hired. There were no Spanish speakers on the town list, Nutly said. On Monday, the Town Board passed a resolution allowing the hiring of an officer from the county’s Spanish-speaking list, which includes candidates from other towns.
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Nyack will hold a community forum Wednesday to talk about the gang fights that took place on village streets last month involving between 40 and 50 teenagers.
The meeting was supposed to be held Monday, but was changed to accommodate the schedules of public officials. Nyack Mayor John Shields, the Nyack Village Board of Trustees, Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner, and Orangetown Police Chief Nulty among others will answer questions and hear comments and solutions from the public.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave. For more information call Nyack Village Hall at (845) 358-0229 or the Nyack Center at (845) 358-2600.
This community forum comes about two weeks after Nyack leaders held a closed meeting about the fighting. Some members of the public wanted to attend, but were shut out. So was the press.
Here are a few stories about the melee:
In wake of gang fights, Nyack leaders ask how to help youth
Gang fights quelled by police
Police will show ‘colors’ as Nyack confronts gang issues
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