Manor officials say state-ordered police review is underway; Examiner faulted for publishing letter

To the editor:

We were surprised that the Pelham Examiner published a letter to the editor with such glaring inaccuracies.

Police Chief Jeff Carpenter, who assumed his leadership position in 2015 under this administration, has performed nearly a complete overhaul of the Pelham Manor Police Department. The Google search referenced in the letter is misleading as it refers to incidents that occurred over five years ago, under a prior administration. Pelham Manor has been ahead of the curve in identifying and addressing so many of the issues highlighted in Executive Order 203 and proudly continues its commitments in that regard. Our record reflects continued adherence to the highest levels of police conduct and public safety.

It is wrong to state that Pelham Manor is not in compliance with or has somehow “defied” Executive Order 203, signed on June 12. The compliance date for submission of a plan under the order is next spring, specifically April 1. Comprehensive, thoughtful reviews take time, and rightly so.

Pelham Manor takes all responsibilities, especially those with respect to police operations, very seriously. We welcome this opportunity for review and improvement. Our efforts pursuant to the order are well underway with research and internal evaluations. For example, as part of these evaluations, this week the chief participated in Westchester County’s Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force public forum. Indeed, this participation is an important part of work under the order.

Village officials would have welcomed the opportunity to speak to the author to clarify facts in advance of his submission. We were not afforded that courtesy here. As always, the full board of trustees, Carpenter and our entire administration are available for discussion on this very important topic.

Thank you for your time and your consideration.

Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey

Deputy Mayor Louis Annunziata (police commissioner)

Police Chief Jeff Carpenter