Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer - 2022-04-08








NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In Memoriam Funeral services for retired Major Rodrick C. Covington, who succumbed to an illness on March 31, 2022 as a result of his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks are as follows: Monday, April 11, 2022 Calling Hours – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Funeral Service – 12:00 p.m. Both will be held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church 132 West 138th Street New York, NY NYS Budget The state budget is now a week late and tied for the second-latest budget of the past 12 years. As of Thursday night, a deal was struck and it appears that after the votes are cast we will have a budget. Here are some of the budget highlights:

  • Under the new agreement, judges will be able to set bail for certain gun crimes and tighten rules for repeat offenders, among other changes.

  • Changes to the Discovery Law

  • Road Soda is back (alcohol-to-go)

  • Superficial changes to Tier 6 with the possibility that a clearer fix will be addressed outside of the budget.

Paychecks As there was a budget extender bill signed on Monday, there will not be any disruptions in the state payroll next week. Headline of the Week - I The headline: SOUTHWEST PASSENGER ARRESTED FOR MASTURBATING 4 TIMES DURING FLIGHT The skinny: NEW YORK - A man on a Southwest Airlines flight faces federal charges after allegedly masturbating at least four times during the flight on April 2 on a flight from Seattle to Phoenix. The commentary: So many questions. Apparently, the threshold on a Southwest airplane lies somewhere between three and four times before the act is frowned upon? Poll A recent Republican-backed poll indicates that Gov. Kathy Hochul holds a slim margin over Lee Zeldin, 35% to 31%. But Hochul led Zeldin in her hometown Buffalo region 60% to 19%. Can anyone say new stadium for the Buffalo Bills? Mister Irrelevant Of the five Democrats who submitted the necessary paperwork needed to appear on the Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot this June, no one had the surname of Cuomo. NYSTPBA in the News I was recently interviewed for a story on the repeal of 50-a of the NYS Civil Rights Law in the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. Although the author clearly had opposite opinions than myself and his article overall was a bit slanted to the left, he did accurately convey my thoughts. Union pushback As is often the case with contentious pieces of legislation — consider reforms of the cash bail and discovery processes — the legislature often comes in later to clean up its first drafts. And as with those issues, law enforcement unions have sought to leverage their public platforms to sway the legislature against reform. "Members of law enforcement unions have a job to protect their members," Bailey notes. "We're not trying to harm the members of law enforcement. We simply want transparency." Given the vagaries of the legislative process in Albany, a bill reaffirming a piece of duly enacted legislation cannot be guaranteed to pass. Even on popular issues — in a Siena College Research Institute poll, 80% of New York voters supported certain police reforms, including 50-a repeal — nothing is a sure thing. "I don’t think unfounded complaints should be included," says Thomas Mungeer, president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association. "When you release these records, it gives someone a skewed idea of what is actually in the records. Someone can have 15 complaints, but what if 14 of them are unfounded?" He argues that even when an officer does their job perfectly, they can still become beleaguered by civilian complaints. "I’ve seen it on traffic stops. It’s just that nobody wants a ticket," he observes. "Just because someone’s mad, they make a complaint." But Mungeer says he is "optimistic" about the way the current court challenges are proceeding, emphasizing that his organization [NYSP]is equipped to investigate and root out rogue behavior, should it occur. Reimaging Public Safety in Ithaca Despite the resignation of Mayor Svante Myrick, the city of Ithaca is still considering “Reimaging Public Safety.” Among the most significant proposals is to hire five unarmed “community responders” and to place both the armed and unarmed officers under civilian oversight. Tommy Miller, a program director at Catholic Charities of Tompkins County (and an obvious self-appointed law enforcement expert), said existing hiring practices at the Ithaca Police Department make it too easy for dangerous or problematic applicants to become police officers. “They can go through the training, they can do the dance, and then we give them a gun,” Miller said, calling for psychological evaluations for officers to weed out those who would abuse their power. However, according to the city’s director of Human Resources, the screening process for potential police hires is already fairly rigorous and includes a psychological evaluation, medical evaluation, background check, as well as a polygraph. Great advice, genius. Here’s a look at the types of complaints and crimes the real police officers and the “community responders” will respond to. We don’t need Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent to foresee that somebody is going to get hurt as a result of this. Grinder Headline of the Week This was dated from last year, but it is priceless. The headline: MAN SURVIVES WEEKS IN REMOTE ALASKA WILDERNESS AFTER CABIN BURNS DOWN, WRITES 'SOS' IN SNOW The skinny: Alaska State Troopers rescued 30-year-old Tyson Steele, who had managed to survive more than three weeks in the subzero Alaskan wilderness after his cabin burned down. State Troopers, in a state-owned helicopter, spotted “SOS” stamped in the snow while conducting a welfare check of Steele. Sounds pretty normal so far, right? But then Public Information Officer Trooper Ken Marsh recaps the rescue - "Steele’s shoulder-length hair, chestnut brown near the roots fading to golden blond near its frayed tips, hung matted and dreadlocks-like over his neck. His auburn beard flowed untrimmed to his chest. The combination made him seem vaguely reminiscent of actor Tom Hanks’ character in the movie 'Cast Away.'" WTF?? He then he adds - "His clothes smelled of smoke and his hands were calloused, rough, and ash-stained…" The commentary: I always knew that Alaska State Troopers were a little different, but it appears PIO Marsh has visions of Tyson Steele riding bare chested on a white stallion on a beach. To my three favorite PIOs in Troops A, E and D – I bet you guys can’t top that one! Surgeons Group Impostor It has recently come to my attention that a former employee - Michael Brooks, former Director of the NYSTPBA State Troopers Surgeons Group - and his ilk have begun to contact our surgeons in an effort to recruit and pirate them away to his new business venture - LEO Health Services. The NYS Troopers PBA is NOT affiliated with this farcical, non-law enforcement group in any way, and I urge you to be vigilant of identifying cards, shields or stickers related to same that you might see out there. Be on the lookout for this bullshit security guard badge from "LEO Health Services"! With that said, the thousands of physicians who currently participate in our State Trooper Surgeons Group will continue to serve our members by providing a high level of care for our Troopers and their families. The website for the legitimate NYSTPBA State Trooper Surgeons Group is https://pbadoc.org/. Please contact Executive Care Coordinator Emily Dixon at edixon@nystpba.org or 518-462-7448 Ext. 140 should you need the assistance of the State Trooper Surgeons Group. This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us A new bill in California will allow non-citizens to become police officers in the state. It reads in part, "Existing law, with certain exceptions, prohibits a person who is not a citizen of the United States from being appointed as a member of the California Highway Patrol. This bill would remove that prohibition and would make conforming changes.” Although disputed by the bill’s sponsor, it makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. 2022 TROOP MEMORIAL SERVICES Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Division HQ – 10:00 am Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Troop E – 11:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Troop C – 11:00 am Troop G – 11:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2022 Troop A – 11:00 am Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Troop B – 11:00 am Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Troop D – 11:00 am Troop NYC – 11:00 am Thursday, May 26, 2022 Troop T – 10:00 am Troop L – 11:00 am Friday, May 27, 2022 Troop F – 11:00 am Troop K – 11:00 am NYSTPBA Scholarships The NYSTPBA scholarship application process is officially open, and I am proud that the Signal 30 Fund is offering more than 100 scholarships this year. Details about the scholarships including eligibility and the online application can be found by logging into the PBA website at NYSTPBA | New York State Troopers and clicking on the “NYSTPBA Scholarships for 2022” page. (Please note the scholarship information is not available through the PBA’s app – it is available only on the website.) The deadline to submit applications is June 15, 2022, and the scholarship will be disbursed in August 2022. If you have any questions, please email Ann Neeson at aneeson@nystpba.org. This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at nystpba@nystpba.org.

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