Yes, you read correctly. I agree with Mayor Sottile's decision to not discuss the charges against Tim Matthews or any investigations against KPD during his State of the City Address.
Three Alderman, including a Republican, are asking the Mayor to comment on these matters in his State of the City speech. The Mayor has declined.
In my opinion, it is inappropriate for politicos to start publicly discussing the details of any legal investigations or pending charges. It is best to allow the District Attorney's Office to do its job. There is no need to score political points and potentially poison the jury pool. It is better to wait, let justice take its course, and then offer comment.
The Mayor says he has received advice from Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright not to talk about the case or the pending charges. He has wisely decided to follow this opinion. I do not agree with the Mayor frequently, but when he is correct, he is correct.