Inaugural Meeting of Police Advisory Committee

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh held the first meeting of the newly formed Police Advisory Committee, on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was live-streamed to the public via the City’s webpage. The Advisory Committee will perform a comprehensive review of New York State Executive Order 203 and develop a plan to implement modifications in accordance with recently released guidance from the State of New York. The ‘New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative’ resources & guide can be found through the Governor’s website at:

The Advisory Committee will be chaired by Mr. Ray Harvey, President of the Newburgh Highland Falls Chapter of the NAACP. Additional members include community leaders, criminal justice reform advocates, faith-based leaders and concerned citizens, including: NECSD Board of Education President Phil Howard; Bishop Jeff Woody and Pastor Willie Mays of the Christian Ministerial Fellowship; Ms. Tanika Amicy of Community Voices Heard; Mr. Rene Mejia of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson; Mr. Isaiah Valentine of N.U. Voters Movemen; Pastor Obed Almeyda of the Fountain of Life church; and Ms. Sertaira Boyd, Chairwoman of the Police Community Review and Relations Board.

On July 20, the City announced its new law enforcement leadership team tasked with overseeing implementation of EO 203. Deputy Chief Arnold “Butch” Amthor and Senior Advisor Robert McLymore started less than a month ago, and have already made significant strides related to the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. Amthor and McLymore will work directly with the Advisory Board and the community as we move toward Implementation of Executive Order 203.

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