NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In Memoriam Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of James Sauer, retired Division civilian pilot, Aviation-Rochester. Mr. Sauer, a medevac pilot for Mercy Flight in Batavia, was killed on Tuesday when the helicopter he was flying crashed in Genesee County, killing him and another pilot. He is survived by his wife and two children. A church service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 1 p.m. Open Door Baptist Church 350 Scottsville – Chili Road Churchville, NY 14428 Erie County District Attorney Letter Follow-Up As you know, two weeks ago, in light of the misguided dismissal of federal gun charges against Deyanna Davis, the woman who recklessly drove through a police blockade on June 1, 2020 during the Buffalo riot and severely injured one of our members, Trooper Ron Ensminger, I sent Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn a letter urging him to not drop the ball regarding the state’s case against her. As of right now, she still faces two counts of assault in the first degree as a result of her indictment a year ago and her case is scheduled for July. I am happy to report that his office did reach out to me in an effort to assure me and the “entire Trooper community” that the Erie County D.A.’s office is committed to seeing the case through until its conclusion and to ultimately seek justice for Ron Ensminger. Although I am pleased for the outreach, I want to reiterate – we are watching, and we want justice! The Key Master The NYS Court of Appeals - where every judge was appointed by a Democratic governor — ruled 4–3 on Wednesday that the Democratic-drawn lines for Congress and the state Senate were gerrymandered and that lawmakers failed to follow the “prescribed constitutional procedure” for drawing maps and that those they created “were drawn with an unconstitutional partisan intent.” Now, a “special master” hired by a lower-court judge in Steuben County will now take over the mapmaking process. Candidates for 89 offices are now left to wait and wonder what district they actually live in or when exactly their primary race may be. This development leads us to the… Quote of the Week – I This is what happens when you have one-party rule and groupthink that dominates state government. From the budget process to Cuomo’s resignation last year, it’s been one scandal after the next. … They have created this mess; it rests at their feet. - Republican Assemblyman Michael Lawler Siena Poll According to a Siena College poll, "Crime and economic issues were identified as the top issue by … voters of every region, party and race.” Crime was the top issue for 24% of them, and 40% of voters surveyed said Gov. Kathy Hochul is doing a poor job of handling the issue. Although 45% of those surveyed said they would vote for "someone else" other than Governor Hochul in November, 59% don’t even know who Rep. Lee Zeldin is, her probable opponent. Somewhere in the shadows, a former governor salivates, especially in light of the gerrymandering debacle. It’s a MADD, MADD, MADD, MADD World Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging politicians in Albany to approve a package of measures that includes a provision that would lower the threshold for driving while intoxicated to a 0.05% blood alcohol content. I guess the “alcohol-to-go” proponents will have to scrap the McDonald’s-like “I bet you can’t make it home without eating your French fries” campaign. Ding Bell: We're never gonna get anywhere if we keep listening to this old bag. Electric Funeral With the caveat in the 2022-23 New York State Budget requiring all new school buses purchased by 2027 to be zero-emissions and all school buses operating across the state to be zero-emissions by 2035, one has to wonder – when is the state going to mandate that ALL state-owned vehicles be electric? I am not an expert in this field, and I do not purport myself to be one, however, when is the infrastructure going to be put into place to sustain this (i.e. charging stations)? Sometime in the not-so-distant future, a New York State Trooper will sit in their electric Troop car watching autonomous vehicles cruise along the roadway at exactly – the speed limit! Thank goodness that we are a full-service police department because it looks like the traffic safety and enforcement problem will be solved. Which segues into… Maine State Highway Patrol It has been reported that the Maine State Police has changed its mission and is pulling its patrols back from rural policing to focus on highway safety along the Maine Turnpike and the interstate system. But with a change in mission, county sheriff departments, which have long relied upon the Maine State Police to supplement patrol coverage in rural areas, are now left scrambling to fill the void. Once you give it up, you’ll never get it back. Quote of the Week – II There is a middle ground. We only talk about, ‘How do we protect the rights of those who commit a crime?’ How about start talking about, ‘How do we protect the rights of people who are doing the right thing?’ - NYC Mayor Eric Adams on his belief the pendulum has swung too far to the left on policing and public safety. Another Knee-Jerk Reaction The Syracuse Police Department was in the national spotlight and the object of many knee-jerk comments, including one from Governor Hochul, on how they responded and dealt with an 8-year-old accused of shoplifting last week. Of course, incomplete, eyewitness video fanned the social media fire. The boy and his two siblings are accused of stealing merchandise every day from frustrated store owners and walking away without any punishment. At the news conference, where 15 minutes worth of body-worn camera footage was played to tell the real story, First Deputy Police Chief, now Chief Joe Cecile noted the positives, including a “good ending” to a bad situation. The boy was never handcuffed, never arrested and returned home to his family, Cecile said. The officers spent roughly 10 minutes talking to their father about the children’s home life and trying some tough love to instill respect. “Folks, this is community policing 101,” Chief Cecile continued. “It is what every citizen is asking from our police department - community policing - and it’s what we ask the officers to do as well. Know your territory, know the citizens in your territory, whether they are the adults or the children. And whenever possible, get out of your patrol car and engage with them when you are trying to address a chronic problem. And let’s be honest here, this was a chronic problem.” Golden Snow Globe Award Congratulations to Buffalo for garnering the Golden Snow Globe award, which is awarded to the snowiest U.S. city with more than 100,000 people. Anchorage, Alaska is the runner-up. Alaska State Police did win the award, outdistancing both Virginia and Florida, for “Most Likely to Write their Own Coworkers.” GOLDEN SNOW GLOBE TOP 5: Buffalo 96" Anchorage, Alaska 89.3" Rochester 87.0" Boulder, Colorado 80.4" Syracuse 76.0" This Week’s Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us The Baltimore Police Department’s new chief of fiscal services, who was hired on April 11, has been fired because it turned out he was “a person of interest” in an ongoing murder investigation and is listed on Baltimore’s Gun Offender Registry, which tracks city residents who have been convicted of at least one gun charge since 2019. Quote of the Week – III She always says be sure you’re taking care of your mental health but working for her is the worst thing you can do for your mental health. - Former staffer of State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, a champion of bail reform, as well as the movement to end qualified immunity for police officers and defund the police, after it was reported that her Congressional campaign is sputtering amid the resignation of numerous high-level staff members. They Were So Young In case you didn’t hear, a tractor-trailer collided with a bridge in Rochester Wednesday morning, and as a result, the top of the tractor-trailer was damaged and dozens of White Claw Hard Seltzers were seen crushed or rolling around in the roadway nearby. Gary Nuessle – I am truly sorry for your loss. Members-Only Discounted Mortgage Program In an effort to provide the NYSTPBA membership with additional benefits, we have secured a preferred/discount mortgage program through Cross Country Mortgage. All ACTIVE and RETIRED NYSTPBA members and their families are eligible for this discounted mortgage program which offers no processing, commitment, document processing or underwriting fees. 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