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Yonkers, Westchester PBAs criticize DA for releasing names of officers with criminal convictionsPosted: Updated:
The Yonkers and Westchester County Police Benevolent Association are criticizing the Westchester district attorney for releasing the names of police officers who have had run-ins with the law.
Westchester County DA Anthony Scarpino released the names of active law enforcement members who hold criminal convictions and "adverse credibility findings.”
Scarpino says he did it in the interest of transparency, and that providing the list allows them to disclose this information to a defendant and his or her counsel.
Just days before Scarpino released the list, his opponent Mimi Rocah tweeted about the issue, saying in part, "Transparency is important. Accountability is important. Especially from our DA. DA Scarpino's silence is unacceptable & forces us to ask -- what is he hiding?"
Scarpino says the plan to release the list had previously been in the works.
"We've been working on putting this together for many months before she appeared on the scene, so to suggest this is a relationship to her is not correct, and to suggest the politics, I don't see the politics of it," he says.
Either way, the Westchester County and the Yonkers PBA say the list is coming to the light in the midst of a highly competitive DA race and was only done as a political move.
The names of 23 active duty police officers in Westchester County are on this list, dating back to 1993.
Most recently among the list is Michael Agovino, who’s labeled as being under pending criminal charges of burglary and a sexually motivated felony.
Agovino joined the list when Peekskill woman accused him last week of showing up at her home several times in armed uniform, groping her and forcing her to strip.
Both PBAs say the list has put the careers and reputations of hard working officers to the side for the sake of a political advantage.
Westchester County is one of the most recent areas in the state to release such a list. New York City has released its own.