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OP/ED: “We the People”; Politics, Power, and Policing in Clarkstown, NY


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“We the People”; Politics, Power, and Policing in Clarkstown, NY 

Why choose one role in government when you be all three as a Clarkstown police officer?

Chief Sullivan is accused of using his office email to rig an upcoming an Rockland Supreme Court Judge race. In a legal response by Special Prosecutor Harrington it is alleged Sullivan emailed Cole-Hatchard, and strategically planned the release of case details to political malign a Judge that was exonerated on witness tampering charges for a trial that concluded last year. Sullivan’s plan in the email was to release info to the media the day before the still upcoming election, so the Justice would not have time to reply to the politically motivated information leak.

Cole-Hatchard is accused of directing Rockland Facebook intelligence to target private citizens exercising free speech on Facebook. Twenty unnamed private citizens expressed support of the Bonadio financial review of Clarkstown Police Dept, New York State’s largest town police force and says they became surveillance targets for his Strategic Intelligence Unit.  Elected Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco was also alleged to be targeted by Cole-Hatchard who branded the Sheriff, “the worst thing to happen to public safety and Rockland law enforcement in decades” in another work email.

Cole-Hatchard is also accused of disobeying DA Thomas Zugibe as he continued surveillance of African-American political group Black Lives Matter in 2015. The political group dubbed itself, “We the People” and orchestrated a 14 cast member play in Haverstraw. The special prosecutor alleged all of the cast members were unjustly investigated and Harrington alleged there was are civil liberties violations.

On the other side of the aisle, Cole-Hatchard alleged former Clarkstown police officer, Michael Garvey, of paying off Supervisor Hoehmann through LLC campaign contributions in an alleged effort to get rid of Chief Sullivan “one way or another” because he took him of payroll before his $3 million dollar retirement and access to government employee health insurance.

Both Cole-Hatchard and Garvey ran very successful side businesses based on their police and political inside knowledge and both are known to use that money to heavily influence local political elections.

Are two Clarkstown cops really the ones in political control of Clarkstown in Rockland County?

Are there no more powerful donors or interested parties in local politics than a members of the Clarkstown Police Department?

Are allegations that the first, fourth and tenth Constitutional Amendments being violated for political and personal investigations in these ‘post 9/11’ days okay because political climate of endless FBI investigations and corruption charges from previously trusted officials and top leaders through out New York?  

No editorial can do the “People of Clarkstown” justice in the aftermath of this week’s Clarkstown data dump via legal papers of alleged spying, political retribution, and using the media to influence big dollar politics in small town government.

We welcome your comments/concerns on recent revelations.

 

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PART TWO; FACEBOOK GIVES THE PEOPLE AND THEIR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES FREE AND EASY ACCESS, BUT SHOULD THERE BE MORE ETHICAL GUIDELINES ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD FOLLOW AND RESPECT BEFORE MAKING THEIR OPINION PUBLIC ON PERSONAL/PERSONNEL MATTERS?

A look at Rockland Politics from local Facebook users perceptive. Please send pictures, concerns, comments to editor@rocklandpost.com

If you have seen one too many public officials take to Facebook to make their feuds all too public, we want to hear your take on it.  Submissions and comments can be kept confidential, anonymous, or you can exercise you free speech.

We want a cross section of taxpayers expressing their true concerns over the recent lawsuits, police oversight, email spats, and etc.

 

This has been one ridiculous week in local news. Not one of these bickering politicians is up for re-election in the fall.

 

 

 

 

 

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