Before leaving Beacon City Council late in the year 2017, I was informed that Cheif Solomon would be leaving our Police Department and that the City of Beacon would not have a permanent Chief of Police. I was unsure how our current City Administration and newly elected City Council would assure residents that the position of Chief will be filled in a transparent manner. Given our diverse and evolving population, having a clear and open public hiring process, would reassure residents that a diverse pool of applicants has been encouraged to apply and then considered. In today’s social climate, it is urgent to have committed community leaders that will contribute to our collective growth and development. A way to foster this ideal is by having responsible and responsive leaders who reflect our population.
That’s how I felt, sure about what I wanted to see, insecure about how this transition would happen and willing to fight to see positive policy effectuated. Then I had a long conversation, at the gym mind you, with our Mayor Randy Casale. He better informed me on the process in which we hire law enforcement (a process that I’ve been a part of in my 2 terms serving on Beacon City Council) more specifically on how we appoint officers to the Captain and Cheif positions. He explained the time line in which our acting Cheif of Police would be placed in, a provisional period after the City Council approves him and until he passes the civil service test with a top 3 score followed by a probational period for when or if he passes the test, where he’ll be under the microscope for another year before becoming the official City of Beacon Police Cheif. Our Mayor also stressed the fact that an open hiring process is needed at times, such as when we went out of the department and hired Cheif Solomon. Mayor Casale felt strongly that Captain Kevin Janjulas, now our acting and provisional Cheif of Police (as of Monday 2/5/18) would continue to serve our residents well and follow the charge that our Cheif Executive Officer (our Mayor) has set.
I had my reservations up until recently, after listening to what our Mayor had to say, our community members, members of our police department and my conscious, I would implore the citizens of Beacon to stand with our City Administration, City Council, and Law Enforcement. This past Tuesday (2/6/18), unbeknownst to the public Cheif Janjulas, Mayor Casale, Yvonne and Lavonne McNair (two members of Beacon’s Commission on Human Rights members) met productively with the New Covenant School parents whom had been victimized this past Summer causing many of our community members to become dismayed. I would suggest that we improve upon our public relations as a municipality. Working on that weakness will foster a stronger relationship between our citizens, law enforcement, and public officials. A better informed and more educated public can only help as the culture is shifting in our magnificent city.
Yesterday Lou Torres (resident athletic trainer, coach, mentor & father) and I spoke on his #podcast HVSD (Hudson Valley Strong Dads) regarding my background, what’s happening in Beacon, and the vital roles fathers play in their kids lives. No I’m not a parent yet I have and continue to positively impact young people’s lives because today’s youth are tomorrow’s future and tomorrow’s not promised which is a belief instilled in me early on from my Father and Mum. You’ll enjoy the full interview (#linkinbio), believe that! #gratitude #tsa #showtheart #beacongym #bve #reachoneteachone #fatherfigure #doitnow #theecandidate
My neighbors, friends, constituents, the increased disorderly conduct and violence our community, our city, our Main Street, our people have been receiving is something that we can’t look past or kick down the road. We have many great opportunities here and deserve to have our safety maintained and if needed, improved. My quick two cents to be more proactive individually: If you’re out about town remember nothing really positive happens outside after 12am, enjoy your night and get home safely. Keep your doors to your cars, homes and businesses locked when necessary. It’s holiday season and you may be receiving or giving lots of gifts, take your time to dispose of your boxes properly so you aren’t viewed as a target for crime.
Our police department and city government are doing their best although any positive participation from us, the members of our collective community will only assist in creating the utopia we al believe Beacon can be.
I'm thankful for my birthright of freedom and grateful to those who have fought to and continue to fight to preserve it. One way I can demonstrate my gratitude is by voting in every possible election and being informed on the issues that matter to me most. Another is being engaged in order to exact the change I desire to see in myself and the society I'm living in.
Exercise your right to elect who legislates your quality of life today by joining our voting ranks!
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Unhappy with last night’s election results? Tired of low voter turnouts? Want to make people over politics the determining factor in choosing candidates for office?
You have to make the choice to participate more in our government. We have to be more involved in our communities at large. Politics aren’t only about compromise, more importantly the influence of others is about caring and compromise. Understanding from where we come and what we want as individuals. There is a local Beacon democratic committee meeting this Saturday November 11th @ 9:30AM and every Second Saturday located at the BeaHive, 291 Main Street. Our local GOP have monthly meetings also.
Join in on the meetings, listen clearly, take notes and observe. Contribute when you can. The biggest mistake I️ made was resigning from the local democratic committee and removing myself from the table... “If you’re not at the table then you’re on the menu”. If this election proved anything it showed that we can’t run for office, plan, organize, and mobilize by ourselves. The work it takes to build a better Beacon begins today.
“If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing,” the President implored. “If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.” -President Obama
There are well over 4000 registered Democrats living in Beacon, NY. We have a Council-member At Large primary for Democratic party nomination this Tuesday September 12th, from 12p-9p.
Frequently asked questions while campaigning are "where do I vote?", "when is the election?", and "what party am I enrolled in?". Below are links to answer these questions!
To all my supporters please share and to the 221 registered Democrats whose signatures were validated in court August 8th, your support put my name on the ballot. Your efforts shouldn't be all for naught so I remind you that winning this Primary Election on Tuesday September 12th (less than 4 weeks away), can nearly solidify our victory in the General Election, on November 7th. Please save the date, remember to Get Out To Vote, and bring a friend or two to the polls with you! United we stand.
From a Write Up in the HIGHLANDS Current:
"All in the Details - Muhammad submitted a nominating petition with 298 signatures but fell short when about 80 were disallowed, including a number where voters had printed, rather than signed, their names, court records show ...Continued Reading"
Early on my parents taught me the importance of giving back to our community. I feel to evolve we must be involved. As a long time concerned citizen the positive change I've worked to actualize will be slow to occur if I don't effectively communicate with those who are also working to help achieve it.
Below you'll find my end of the week community involvement itinerary (join in if you can):
Beginning sharply at 11am, we restart the weekly initiative for Wednesday Inner City Cleanups: Newburgh, New York beginning on Landers Street, Newburgh, NY next to the DMV. Open to public.
Thursday 7/6/17 5pm-630pm
We'll host our first Independent Party meeting located at Green Street Park, Beacon NY. We will be discussing how starting a party works essentially, introducing our local slate of candidates for our Independent Ballot Line and figuring out how we can help one another. Some light material will be distributed in order to determine what we stand for individually and collectively. Open to public.
Friday 7/7/17 morning
Joining the organizers and volunteers for the “2017 Community Celebration of Summer Meals” in the City of Beacon. This is a collaborative effort by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Smart New York Program, and other community partners. This will be an afternoon of food, fun and friends on Friday, from 11 am to 1 pm. It will be held at The Beacon Resource Center located at 23 West Center St., Beacon, NY.
Friday 7/7/17 afternoon
I will be meeting with Beacon residents regarding our school district, recreational infrastructure and project development. Open to the public.
Sunday 7/9/17: Week 7 of the Terrence Wright Beacon Basketball League from 4:15pm - 8:30pm
We can use volunteers at the scorers table each week. This is also open to the public and a great opportunity to get to know more members of our community. Open to the public.
Stop the Stigma Campaign @ the Walkway Over the Hudson