NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In Memoriam Our thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women of the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the entire Horton family on the tragic death of Trooper John S. Horton, who was killed when he was struck by a responding patrol member, his brother Trooper James N. Horton, during a traffic stop on Jan. 3. Trooper James Horton lost control of his vehicle upon approaching the traffic stop and collided with the stationary patrol vehicle, subsequently striking Trooper John Horton and a detained driver who were standing along the roadside. "Our hearts are broken with the loss of our friend and our brother, Trooper John Horton,” said Col. Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “For all involved in this tragic event the coming days will undoubtedly be difficult, but we are committed to stand alongside with them with our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support.” State of the State Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first State of the State was loaded with proposals sure to be popular among voters. She mainly avoided a host of issues that would prove more divisive among her base, such as changing controversial bail laws that have proven to be a disaster. She did, however, reaffirm her commitment to the State Police by entrusting in us to be the lead agency in an aggressive anti-gun violence and crime initiative which I addressed in the following press release: NYSTPBA Reaction to State of the State Reaction from New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (NYSTPBA) President Thomas H. Mungeer to Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address: We applaud Gov. Kathy Hochul’s new gun violence initiatives announced in today’s State of the State address and we appreciate her confidence in the New York State Police. Tripling the State Police’s gun violence intelligence resources while also doubling the number of community stabilization units will increase the State Police’s ability to partner with local law enforcement in combating community specific crime problems. We thank the governor for her leadership and her proactive efforts to invest in public safety. However, the State Police is vastly undermanned. There is a continued need to fund additional State Police manpower for the foreseeable future. In addition, the funding received by the State Police for patrol vehicles is woefully inadequate. In order for the Governor’s initiatives to be successful, her Troopers require the tools to successfully implement her vision for a safer New York. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - NYSTPBA Priorities for the 2022 Legislative Session With the Governor’s State of the State address marking the beginning of the 2022 legislative session, here are our priorities – bills we are supporting as well as those we are fighting. The Good · Bill (S6646a/A5372a) to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to granting members or officers of the state police credit for service as a deputy sheriff, county corrections officer, or state corrections officer. · Bill (S7162/A7914) Credit for family leave for State Police, this bill provides for the continuation of a State Police member's pension credit during absences due to Maternity or Paternity leave. · Bill (S3950) requiring members of the state police at certain high-traffic/high-speed work zones. The Bad and the Ugly I have talked ad nauseam about the continued push to end qualified immunity on both the national and state levels by so-called police reform activists and those who simply see an opportunity to weaken our collective bargaining rights and power. Here is a short list of the “anti” Qualified Immunity bills currently sponsored in New York. · S1064 / A2462 – Police Officer Liability Insurance Bill introduced Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (34th SD -Bronx/Westchester) / Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (29th AD – Queens). I have mentioned this bill in at least two prior newsletters. Senator Biaggi, the granddaughter of one of the most decorated police officers in the history of the NYPD, Mario Biaggi, said her bill would better hold officers accountable by requiring them to pay any increase in premiums related to payouts for wrongdoing. It would require municipalities to obtain the initial insurance and pay the premiums, which will be viewed as another unfunded mandate on the already cash-strapped local governments of this state. As such, we will have many allies in our quest to defeat this legislation. · S1050 – Restoring Accountability and Civil Equality R.A.C.E. Act, introduced by Sen. Zellnor Myrie (20th SD – Brooklyn), does not eliminate qualified immunity but rather narrows the applicability of it. It basically is a workaround of the federal standard. Currently, there is no companion bill in the Assembly. · S1991/A4331 – Introduced by Sen. Robert Jackson (31st SD – Upper Westside of Manhattan), it would end qualified immunity protections across the board. · S3139/A5982 – Co-sponsored by Senators Kevin Parker (21st SD – Flatbush, Brooklyn) and Julia Salazar (18th SD – Bushwick, Brooklyn) would provide a cause of action for violations of Article I of the state constitution and provides that statutory immunities limitations on liability, damages or attorney fees shall not apply and further provides that defenses of governmental immunity and qualified immunity shall not apply. Make no mistake, the “other side” will be unrelenting this session in their pursuit to enact harmful so-called police accountability legislation, but I have immense faith that our legislative team, led by 2nd Vice President John Clark, will be up to the task. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other legislation for that matter, please contact John at email@example.com. Former Gov. Andrew “Houdini” Cuomo For the third consecutive week, former Governor Cuomo has escaped prosecution. Earlier this week, prosecutors in Manhattan concluded that he did not break the law when his administration misled the public about the number of COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes. Then, Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced that his office was dropping a complaint alleging that he groped a 33-year-old female aide in December 2020. “While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial,” Soares stated. In addition, he said his office had notified the courts “that we are declining to prosecute this matter and requesting the charges filed by the Albany County Sheriff be dismissed.” Quote of the Week Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the possibility of rolling back the ill-conceived so-called bail reform laws this legislative session: “There is no desire at this point to make any changes. The changes were long and hard-fought …We tweaked them to answer some of the issues that we saw come up, and … we can’t make [further] changes based on innuendo or hysteria or because it’s a political talking point.” Nero fiddles while Rome burns. The New York/Montauk/New Amsterdam State Police Multiple towns across New York have once again started discussing if the state should split up into three autonomous regions to make taxes fairer for the potential areas. Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties would stay named New York. Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester counties would be called Montauk. Every county north of Westchester would be renamed New Amsterdam. I guess we’ll need to get a bigger arm patch. Elections Have Consequences - Crossing the GWB and into San Francisco??? Well, a least one politician is keeping his campaign promise and it isn’t good. Newly sworn in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has unveiled his marching orders to his staff in an internal memo titled “Day One Policies & Procedures.” Here is a sampling - The D.A.’s office “shall not seek a sentence of life without parole.” Armed robbers who use guns or other deadly weapons to hold up stores and other businesses will be prosecuted only for petty larceny, a misdemeanor, provided no victims were seriously injured and there’s no “genuine risk of physical harm” to anyone. Convicted criminals caught with weapons other than guns will have those felony charges downgraded to misdemeanors unless they’re also charged with more serious offenses. Drug dealers believed to be “acting as a low-level agent of a seller” will be prosecuted only for misdemeanor possession. The D.A.’s office will not prosecute the following charges: · Marijuana misdemeanors · The act of refusing to pay the fare for public transportation under Theft of Services · Trespass · Aggravated Unlicensed Operation · Any violation, traffic infraction, or other non-criminal offense not accompanied by a misdemeanor or felony · Resisting Arrest · Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree In Bragg’s Manhattan, you can resist arrest, deal drugs, obstruct arrests, and even carry a gun and get away with it. - NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo Mr. Bragg, may you ingest a satchel of Richards. - Tom Mungeer, NYSTPBA President Former NFL Wide Receiver Antonio Brown #81 Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey - $64 Three-game suspension for submitting false COVID vaccination paperwork - $330,000 Walking out on your team during a game – $3.1 million Asking the New Jersey Troopers for a ride to the airport and being told “No!” - Priceless Good Riddance! Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced he will be resigning next month to become the executive director of People For The American Way, “a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all.” On behalf of my friends in the Ithaca PBA, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. NYSTPBA Announces Disability Insurance Open Enrollment There is currently an open enrollment for active members for long-term disability insurance, as well as short-term disability, specified disease and accident coverage policies for the entire month of January. In addition, if you already have the short-term disability insurance policy, please be advised that this policy is being transitioned from Guardian to MetLife effective February 1, 2022. If you are currently enrolled in these coverages, your coverage will automatically transition to the MetLife plan with no further action required on your part. Rates will be based on your current age and your premiums will not increase as you age. If you’re currently enrolled in Guardian’s Short-Term Disability (STD) you will automatically be enrolled in MetLife non-occupational STD. Your benefits will commence on the third week of approved disability. - If you have Guardian’s STD 11-week benefit, you will automatically be enrolled into MetLife’s STD with an 11-week paid benefit duration. - If you have Guardian’s STD 24-week benefit you will be automatically enrolled in MetLife’s STD with a 24-week paid benefit duration. The new benefit summaries are posted on the NYSTPBA website for your review. If you have any questions, please contact EPIC Risk Solutions at 845-360-5885 or firstname.lastname@example.org and speak to Emma Kruger or Dawn Stewart. They can walk you through the new benefits and the enrollment process. Final Thoughts You don’t need a crazy woman… You need a woman that can be crazy with you! This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at email@example.com.
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