Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ed RomaineTown of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine claimed victory Tuesday night with unofficial results giving the Republican a 25-percent advantage with nearly all districts reporting.Romaine, who was elected to the seat last year in a special election, walked on stage to raucous cheers from his Republican supporters inside The Emporium in Patchogue.Romaine thanked voters for “giving me a landslide victory for supervisor,” adding, “I am deeply humbled by it.”“We are going to change this town,” Romaine yelled to the crowd.Republican incumbents in Town of Smithtown, Patrick Vecchio and Sean Walter of the Town of Riverhead, were also re-elected, according to unofficial results.Democratic supervisors, Rick Schaffer of the Town of Babylon and Anna Throne-Holst of the Town of Smithtown, were also re-elected.Romaine was beating his Democratic challenger Vivian Viloria-Fisher 62 percent to 37 percent with all but four districts reporting.The Republican supervisor overcame strong criticism for his handling of a blizzard in early February that dumped more than 30 inches on parts of Suffolk County. Romaine was on vacation when the blizzard hit.Suffolk County Republican Committee Chairman John Jay LaValle predicted a big victory for Romaine before results started pouring in.“I expect Ed Romaine to get more than 60 percent of the vote tonight,” he told the Press. “He’s going to blow out his opponent.”“Obviously that was a tough start out of the gate,” LaValle said of the storm controversy. “But he’s a hard worker. Ed’s a guy that goes at it seven days a week.”Two other Suffolk democratic incumbents who ran unnoposed, Town of East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Town of Shelter Island Supervisor James Dougherty, were both re-elected.
Earlier this year, the Binghamton Police Department became one of five law enforcement agencies in New York State to complete a pledge to improve interactions with individuals affected by mental illness. This pledge known as the “One Mind Campaign” was carried out by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. It requires participating law enforcement agencies to implement practices to improve police response to mental health calls. “The Binghamton Police Department has been proactive in cultivating relationships with mental health and social service agencies, encouraging alternatives to arrest or hospitalization that will achieve better outcomes for those in need.” said Cheif Joseph Zikuski. “It’s part of our efforts to be a forward-thinking 21st century police agency and a statewide leader in mental health training and response.” In order to fulfill this pledge, the department had to meet its requirements. They are: In 2016 an individual was transported for hospital care in 70 percent of BPD’s mental health calls, by 2019 that number reduced to 32 percent, Establishing a clearly defined and sustainable relationship with at least one community mental health organization.Developing and implementing a written policy addressing law enforcement response to persons affected by mental illness.Demonstrating that 100 percent of sworn officers are trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid or an equivalent mental health awareness course.Demonstrating that 20 percent of sworn officers are trained and certified in Crisis Intervention Team Training. Since 2016, Binghamton Police have been working with MHAST on mental health training and programs. That funding will expand the hours of the crisis team to increase their impact on the community. These programs were aimed at reducing hospital emergency department transports, arrests and use of force. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Mayor Rich David, Police Chief Joseph Zikuski and Director of Crisis Services at MHAST. Michael Hatch from the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) held a press conference to outline the Binghamton Police Department’s programs and training to improve interactions between police and individuals experiencing a mental health crises. “We provide the mobile crisis service for them, and if a person is in crisis they have the ability to contact the mobile crisis team and a licensed clinician will come right to them, and we also connect them with peer support specialists who have lived experience with mental health and or substance abuse.”said Michael Hatch, the Director of Crisis Services at MHAST. Mayor Rich David has committed $50,000 of the 2021 City of Binghamton Budget to further support MHAST programs in crisis intervention.