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NYC correction officers vote in new union president after officers suspended

Rikers Island
Posted at 7:32 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 19:32:29-04

NEW YORK — Correction officers voted out their union president after disciplinary action was taken against officers in connection with two incidents, a union spokesperson confirmed Sunday.

Benny Boscio was elected president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association in place of Elias Husamudeen.

"We must now come together as a union so that we can tackle the many issues ahead," Boscio said. "Myself and my team are prepared to meet that challenge, and look forward to doing so."

On Friday, officials said 17 Department of Correction officers faced disciplinary action in connection with the 2019 death of Layleen Polanco, a transgender inmate at Rikers Island.

On Monday, six correction officers were suspended after the same inmate attempted escape twice in under a week.

"We will not allow them to scapegoat our members who did nothing wrong and who are now being blamed for their management failures," Husamudeen said at the time. "This is not the first time DOC brass has divorced themselves from bearing any responsibility for their lapses in security."