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COBA president talks DOC's management of COVID-19 in jails
By: Dan Mannarino , Veronica Rosario September 22, 20. 13:39
 

 

NEW YORK — The Department of Correction was in the hot seat Monday during a City Council hearing over how the COVID-19 response was handled in jails.

During the hearing, the department patted itself on the back for its pandemic management, but the head of the union representing New York City's correction officers accused the DOC of doing too little, too late.

Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Benny Boscio Jr. spoke with the PIX11 Morning News just a day after testifying at the hearing.

Boscio said 576 inmates and 1,430 correction officers tested positive for COVID-19. That's nearly three times the number of officers than inmates.

He said eight of his officers lost their lives to the virus.

DOC Commissioner Cynthia Brann testified Monday that her agency acted quickly to sanitize jails and provide PPE for officers and inmates

However, the COBA president claimed he had to sue the DOC in order to get that PPE.

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Statement from COBA President Elias Husamudeen Regarding the First Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed By NYC Correction Officers Against One of NYC’s Most Violent Inmates

By: Elias Husamudeen July 27, 16. 11:00

 Teenage inmates will be transferred from Rikers Island to a South Bronx lock-up under a new initiative unveiled Thursday by Mayor de Blasio.

By: Michael Gartland July 22, 16. 22:18

A child rapist allegedly attacked a female clinician at Rikers Island on Wednesday — one year after he attempted to rape a female corrections officer, sources said. Raleek Young — who was convicted in 2007 of raping a 13-year-old girl — was choking the mental-health worker when two correction’s officers intervened, law-enforcement sources said. He then attacked the officers until he was subdued.

By: Gabrielle Fonrouge and Larry Celona | NY Post July 8, 16. 17:29

The Correction Officers Benevolent Association and its president, Norman Sea­brook, filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against the city last week charging that it was violating state law by failing to provide COBA members with a safe place to work.

By: Mark Toor | The Chief Leader July 8, 16. 17:25

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