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Norwich Police Chief to Join Rep. Molinaro in Washington For Small Business Committee Hearing

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) today announced Reuben J. Roach, Chief of Police for the City of Norwich, has accepted his invitation to testify before a House Small Business Committee hearing. The hearing, titled ‘Crime on the Rise: How Lawlessness is Impacting Main Street America,’ will examine how crime and policies like Albany’s bail reform law impact small businesses and the economy.

The hearing will start at 10am on Thursday and can be streamed here.

Chief Roach was appointed Chief of Police last year. He started in law enforcement in 2003 as a road patrol deputy with the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, and later transferred to the City of Norwich Police Department in 2005. In 2014, he  was promoted to sergeant, and later to detective sergeant.

Rep. Molinaro said, “Crime has a depressing effect on small businesses, the workers they employ, and our local economy. To have economic opportunity, we must first have safety. With Chief Reuben Roach sharing experiences from his 20 plus year career in law enforcement, we aim to shed light on how crime and policies like bail reform negatively impact our local small business economy, and explore solutions to fix this mess.”

Chief Roach said, “Seeing our neighborhoods deteriorate with drug houses, our business district swarmed with loitering, and arresting the same individuals over and over again, isn't working. Compromising the safety, security and peace of mind of our residents, by enacting bail reform, has changed our community for the worse. I look forward to shedding light on these troublesome policies.”