Sheriff Quattrone Responds To Governor Cuomo’s Police Reform Order

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MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Sheriff is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent executive order directing law enforcement agencies statewide to enact police reform, or face losing all state funding.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone. WNY News Now File Image.

Sheriff Jim Quattrone, in a letter to Chautauqua County residents on Monday, said the Governor’s order implies that all police agencies and officers are racist and abusive, an assumption that the Sheriff says is not true.

“Speaking for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, I can state unequivocally that the Governor is wrong in that suggestion,” wrote Quattrone.

Furthermore, the Sheriff took a stand against the Governor who threatened fiscal reparations part of the executive order.

“And the Governor is wrong to threaten our county with financial ruin to get us to make improvements in police operations, which is something we work on every day, without his misinformed bullying,” furthered Quattrone.

The Sheriff says that he does not answer to the Governor, but rather, the people in Chautauqua County.

“I will continue to work to improve policing for all my citizens, without respect to race, and will do so despite, not because of, the Governor’s attempt to bully our county,” said Quattrone. “I hope that someday in the near future the Governor will take the time to find out about all the good things that are actually going on in Sheriffs’ Offices, and other local police agencies around the State, and perhaps then we can work together on these important goals, in an atmosphere of mutual respect.”

The full letter, released by the Sheriff’s Office, is posted below.

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  1. Stop being so sensitive. It’s a good thing. Now go evaluate things and stop making people feel uncomfortable. Gee… it’s like you’re trying to hide something. I really like Chautauqua officers. The State Police… now there’s something that needs some reform. Take care.

  2. What an arrogant and self righteous response. I am sure there is room for improvement, no department is perfect. This attitude is part of the problem. I support Gov Cuomo and the improvements he is trying to make.

    • Cuomo is the epitome of arrogance and self-righteousness. He is acting as if he is King Cuomo or Dictator Cuomo.

  3. Thank you Sheriff! Thank you for having the backs of all your officers! It’s about time someone stood up and spoke out. Respect for these hard-working officers needs to begin at the top. Your letter was accurate and spoken in a respectful manner. I am so thankful that you wrote it.

  4. It is interesting we are celebrating the signing of the Decaration of Independance that states condition in which changes in government are required.

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