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.
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.Response to Governor's Executive Order 203