The New York state legislature has voted to repeal Section 50a of the state's Civil Rights Law, which has shielded police disciplinary records from the public for more than four decades. It was an issue this week in Putnam County. Sheriff Robert Langley said to Putnam County Legislators at their Protective Services meeting that he would not provide the names, addresses and personnel records of deputies. Those records include any disciplinary action involving the individuals.
Langley does not support the repeal, saying he will work with the PBA to protect the rights of the women and men of the Sheriff's Department.
The statute does include exceptions, it did not apply to any district attorney or his assistants, the attorney general or his deputies or assistants, a county attorney or his deputies or assistants, a corporation counsel or his deputies or assistants, a town attorney or his deputies or assistants, a village attorney or his deputies or assistants, a grand jury, or any agency of government which requires the records in the furtherance of their official functions.