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Case of New Paltz cop suspended for controversial rap now in arbitration

Case of New Paltz cop suspended for controversial rap now in arbitration

According to New Paltz town supervisor Neil Bettez, the resolution was a carefully worded legal step in a process to try to terminate the officer. Discipline of police officers is laid out in their union contract, Bettez said, and firing an officer without going through the process laid out in the document would probably put the town on the losing end of a lawsuit. The matter will be decided through binding arbitration, involving a hearing before an arbitrer. Sisco was originally placed on paid administrative leave, but Bettez said he was no longer being paid.

SUNY New Paltz to offer mix of in-person classes, remote-learning this fall

SUNY New Paltz to offer mix of in-person classes, remote-learning this fall

There will be on-campus instruction and housing at SUNY New Paltz come the fall, but the amount of both will be reduced, and the length of the semester shortened, to accommodate life during a pandemic. The bulk of classes will continue to be taught remotely. Campus officials released the plan yesterday, with the caveat that all of it is subject to change with the circumstances. That warning is reinforced by a “pause and pivot” plan to shift back to fully remote learning if state officials deem that necessary.