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Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer

NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In Memoriam Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Staff Sergeant Jesse Sherrill of the New Hampshire State Police, who was killed in the line of duty yesterday when his patrol vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer while sitting in a construction zone in I-95 in Portsmouth. Travesty As I stated earlier this week, the most infuriating - and at the same time one of the saddest - situations I’ve witnessed in my time as a New York State Trooper, was the arrest and arraignment of one of our members on murder charges for performing his duties. I will reiterate that the NYSTPBA will continue to be in Trooper Baldner’s corner. As you read this, Trooper Baldner sits in the Ulster County Jail without bail on murder charges for performing his duties as a New York State Trooper. He is suspended without pay for at least 30 days and has a wife and two children, ages 13 and 10. It has been relayed to us that the driver of the vehicle – the father of the child who was killed - will soon be arrested on charges related to that incident. He will most likely benefit from the new, misplaced bail reform measures; however, our member did not. The NYSTPBA has and will continue to support Trooper Baldner legally since the incident last December. However, we would appreciate any financial support you can offer to his family to help support them in their time of need. The NYSTPBA’s Signal 30 Benefit Fund is accepting donations on behalf of Trooper Baldner and his family. To donate, visit the Signal 30 website at and in the line for “Specific fundraising event or in memory of” please type in the words “Trooper Baldner.” In addition, you can write a check to the Signal 30 Benefit Fund and in the memo line write “Trooper Baldner” and mail it to: NYSTPBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 48 Howard St., Albany, NY 12207. The job of a New York State Trooper and all law enforcement professionals is difficult enough, however, recent actions are forcing us to re-examine our role in policing society. This may ultimately cause our profession overall to become more reactive than proactive, a condition that will make all of us less safe. It is about time our public officials realize this and start to take corrective action to support the men and women of law enforcement. As you can see from our press release below, although the NYSTPBA is certainly sorry that a young person’s life was lost, the individual who caused this chain of events was the driver of the vehicle that night – her father. Statement from New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (NYSTPBA) President Thomas H. Mungeer regarding the indictment of New York State Trooper Christopher Baldner: The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association sends our condolences to the family of the child who died in the December 2020 crash. We respect the legal process and are preparing for the next step, which will be to provide legal representation to the involved Trooper, a right afforded to every American citizen tried by a jury of peers. As this case makes its way through the legal system, we look forward to a review and public release of the facts, including the motorist’s reckless actions that started this chain of events. This is just the beginning of a long journey ahead of us. This is a time when we must band together, not splinter and veer off in different directions. Vaccination Update I received confirmation from the Director of the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) that the saliva test company verbally confirmed that their policies regarding DNA and personal information retention wording will voided and redacted. The state Department of Health is working on getting that in writing. A state Supreme Court judge has denied the NYC PBA’s bid to get a restraining order to stop the city’s vaccination mandate. Additionally, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department has unanimously ruled against the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association and their bid to seek a permanent restraining order against their vaccine mandate. Whether you like the weekly testing or not, we are not being mandated to be vaccinated and our established, bargained position is the envy of other union both in New York City and the state. Here are some other items regarding weekly testing - · If a member is on extended AL, he or she does not have to perform the weekly test until they return to duty. · HIPAA Rules do not apply to employers or employment records. HIPAA only applies to health care providers. · Contrary to belief, the state and city do not care about science. They care only about established policy and legal precedence. Old School (2003) Marissa: 'Frank, what are you doing?' Frank (Will Ferrell): 'We're going streaking! We're going up the quad and to the gymnasium.' Marissa: 'Who is?' Frank: 'There's more coming.' Marissa: 'Frank, get in the car.' Frank: 'But everybody's doing it.' Marissa: 'Frank! Now!' Frank: 'Ok.' Election Day 2021 Although next year’s Election Day will dictate the direction of our state and country, this year’s Election Day is more about local races. Please get out and exercise your right to vote! REMEMBER TO FLIP YOUR BALLOT AND: Vote No On Proposal #1 - Redistricting Amendment Vote No On Proposal #3- Same Day Voter Registration Vote No On Proposal #4 - No Excuse Absentee Voting Please see the explanation below on these ballot proposals as prepared by the Police Conference of New York. Qualified Immunity Fight The article below gives the NYSTPBA credit for preventing changes to qualified immunity last year and the overall tone is quite clear - the fight is about to restart and New York is Ground Zero following the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions siding with law enforcement. Albany legislators lobbied hard last spring to pass a bill that would strip public officials of the protection at the state level. They met resistance from the state troopers’ union, which worried the change would set an “impossibly high standard” for officers. Would-be political allies also pushed back, saying the change to federal law should come from Washington, D.C., among other concerns. Proponents of the bill – who include progressive and libertarian civil rights groups – say a federal shift is now out of reach. “We’re going to be focusing all of our public education resources and advocacy resources on New York and Illinois, to try to advance state-based solutions,” said Edward Erikson, the director for the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity. The high-profile national coalition is co-chaired by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of ice cream fame. Erikson added that New York makes sense as a national focal point, since it is “huge” and “a state that people look to for leadership, especially in the Northeast.” Speaking of Ben & Jerry’s The New York State Common Retirement Fund announced on Thursday it would pull $111 million in investments out of Unilever, the consumer goods company that owns Ben & Jerry’s, over the ice cream brand's boycott of Israel. Thank you, NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli! Quote of the Week In keeping with our anti-Ben & Jerry’s theme… When asked how the ice cream company picks and chooses which political issues they protest and why the company still sold ice cream in Georgia despite that state’s election law and in Texas despite its abortion ban, co-founder Ben Cohen said, “I don’t know what that would accomplish. By that reasoning, we should not sell any ice cream anywhere.” Sounds good to all of us. Vacation Cap Suspended Again We have entered into an agreement with GOER to suspend the cap on annual leave accumulation until COB Dec. 31, 2022, at which time the normal 40-day cap would resume. Anyone with annual leave over the cap on that date would lose those vacation days. Coincidence? On the heels of her indictment of a New York State Trooper, Attorney General Letitia James announced that she intends to primary Gov. Kathy Hochul in next year’s gubernatorial race. Shit is about to get interesting. So much for the theory of not releasing important information during the Friday news cycle. Genius. Reckoning Former Governor Cuomo is reportedly facing criminal charges in Albany County for forcible touching in the ongoing investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against him. While this guy has been at the top of our newsfeed for months now, his stock has fallen and he barely deserves a brief mention. On the Brighter Side And the award for best fake screen name on an alternative SP member social media platform goes to……..MILF Hunter. Well played. On an Even Brighter Note A new music video of country singer George Strait's song "Weight of the Badge" was recently released featuring several current and retired members of the Division mostly from Troop F, Zone 3. Taking a prominent part in the video is Capt. Rob Appleton and his family. Have a great weekend! George Strait - The Weight Of The Badge (Official Music Video) The men and women in this music video are our friends and neighbors who carry The Weight of the Badge each day. Thank you. We appreciate you and the sacrifices you and your families make. Follow this link to find out more about the First Responders Children’s Foundation and to make a donation: The Official Music ... This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at

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