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A majority of Newburgh's Police Benevolent Association says they have no confidence in Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara. JEssica Chen has the latest. NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- There is no greater word the City of Newburgh police chief said better describe his feelings.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "Absolutely, I was blindsided by it," said Chief Michael Ferrara.
Ferrara said he was shocked by how the City of Newburgh Police Benevolent Association announced a vote of no confidence against him Tuesday night.
"I feel like someone should have came to me first if they had a major issue," said Chief Ferrara.
And the major issue - the association said he is quote indecisive and detached.
Adrian Huff, who represents the PBA said Chief Ferrara often understaffs his team, leaving officers on the street at risk.
He said the frustration has grown, that six officers have left the department since last year.
"Newburgh has the 9th worst crime rate in the country and Chief Ferrara has done nothing to improve that," said Huff.
Mayor Judy Kennedy said she believes this announcement was purely strategic.
The police union is currently undergoing contract negotiations with the city.
"We all need to get into the sandbox and play nice together and figure this out together and not be pulling these kind of dirty tactics," said Mayor Kennedy.
Chief Ferrara said officer safety is his top priority. And regarding the concerns the PBA has, he said, they were never brought to the table.
"There is no disconnect, I wear the uniform every single day," said Chief Ferrara.
Huff said they've submitted a letter to the city council as well as to the mayor's office asking to set up a meeting to discuss these issues.
The mayor said she along with the chief will certainly schedule that meeting as soon as possible.