No York city HRC meeting next week

The York City Human Relations Commission meeting normally held on the third Monday of the month has been postponed in April.

Johanna Ramirez, an intake specialist and currently the commission’s one paid employee, said on Friday the meeting was moved from April 15 to April 29, because of scheduling conflicts between the commission’s volunteer board members.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at city hall, she said.

The change is also reflected on the comission’s website.

Five board members voted at their March meeting to fire former executive director Stephanie Seaton, after a months long review of her case files. That move followed a scheduled February meeting which never took place, after board members didn’t show up.

The Human Relations Commission is a quasi-city entity, meaning the mayor appoints new board members but does not directly supervise them. It handles discrimination complaints in the city.

In addition to several board member resignations, the commission has seen its budget slashed in half in recent years.

The board’s acting chairman, Ralph Serpe, said last month a dozen pending cases have remained on hold since Seaton was placed on paid leave last fall.

New cases are being forwarded to the state Human Relations Commission, or other authorized outlets.

Serpe said in March he hoped to soon hire an investigator to renew casework in the city.

About Tim Stonesifer

Tim Stonesifer is the York city reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email him at tstonesifer@ydr.com, call 771-2032 or follow him on Twitter @timstonesifer.
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