Skip to content

Case filed by union against Geneva Police Review Board to be heard January 26

A State Supreme Court Judge is set to hear arguments January 26 on the legality of the City of Geneva Police Review Board.

The Finger Lakes Times reports Local 3471 of New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, the union representing most Geneva police officers, is seeking a permanent injunction against the Local Law that created the board. The union claims the law conflicts with civil service law by not providing the right to union representation to officers questioned by the board. The union also argues that the board has no right to question officers, because it is not their employer. It contests the portion of the law that allows anonymous complaints against officers and says the law limits the authority of the Police Chief.

Meanwhile, board chair Jess Farrell says the work of putting together the board continues. She expressed her frustration that despite having been created over five months ago, the board has yet to hear any cases.

The case will be heard by Judge Craig Doran.

Three hearings were held in December to get public input on the complaint form to be used for complaints against officers. That form is currently in its 12th draft.