NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Fond Farewell I would like to wish Tina Burek, Executive Administrative Assistant for the NYSTPBA, a heartfelt goodbye as she and her husband embark on a new path in Tennessee. Tina has been with the NYSTPBA for more than 15 years and anyone who has been to or contacted the office was met with the same warm and pleasant salutation that she gave everyone. Good luck Tina and thank you for everything that you have done to help and serve the collective membership of the NYSTPBA. New State Fair Policy - Guns Well, in the infinite wisdom of state government, the State Department of Agriculture and Markets had elected to ban all firearms on NYS Fairgrounds property unless you were in an ON-DUTY capacity. OFF-DUTY law enforcement, including Troopers, were not exempt from this policy. Anytime someone tries to enter with a firearm, the State Police will be summoned. Talk about giving us much more work and taking away valuable backup in one fell swoop. Brilliant! Cue Superintendent Kevin Bruen, who immediately stepped in, went to bat for us and had this policy rescinded. Off-duty law enforcement will now be allowed to carry at the NYS Fair. Thank you for having our backs, Superintendent Bruen! The Revolving-Door Justice System Add Albany County District Attorney David Soares to the list of prominent Democrats calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature to return to Albany for a special session to address what he calls the “failed legislation” of bail reform and raise the age statutes that have resulted in a “revolving-door justice in which individuals are being released from custody repeatedly despite arrests for illegally possessing firearms.” The Raise the Age debacle, which was signed in 2017 and raised the age of adult responsibility to age 18, especially rankles Soares. “They’ve been drafting legislation for the world they want to live in as opposed to the world that we’re currently living in,” he states. “What we have are violent crimes being committed by 16- and 17-year-olds with no way to hold them accountable.” He added, “It’s failing our youth. It’s not working, because what we continue to see are the same young people who are being apprehended for very violent acts back out on the street and continuing to engage in the same behavior. You have leadership saying they’re doing everything possible to help stem the wave of crime and violence, and yet these are the laws that we’re left with. It’s incumbent on us to improve the criminal justice system…Criminal justice policy should be pragmatic; you can’t just simply wave a wand and hope for things to happen.” The fix? Have our legislators make exceptions to the family court law so that if a teen commits a violent crime, his or her case can be transferred to county court to suffer more severe consequences. On the Flip Side For every Yin there is a Yang and the same holds true for Raise the Age. According to Martha Schultz, director of the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in the Northeast Division, Raise the Age has helped redirect troubled youth on the right path. "We know consequences don't resolve anything. It looks good on paper, but you're not fixing anything. You're not getting to the root of the issue." She also adds that the law has improved the services for troubled teenagers who commit crimes, including better probation or mental health assistance, and prevents youth from a life of repeated offenses or cycles in the prison system. While this might be true, I refer to the proposed fix above. Many kids can be potentially saved, however, someone should not be turned back onto the street with a slap on the wrist after being involved in a gun crime. Just saying. And in This Corner… On state-funded education training for judges - Gov. Kathy Hochul: "If judges aren't using the broad discretion they have [regarding so-called bail reform fixes] because they believe their hands are tied, I want to help assure them and educate them that changes were made...I will take from what I'm hearing there may not be an understanding of what they can do. I'm willing to undertake that. I'm willing to have the state pay for it. I need to start seeing results here." D.A. David Soares: "It renders you speechless. How do you respond to that? Did we retroactively fail the bar exam? Did we lose our ability to read? To understand? That is just - it's inexplicable why she would embrace the legislative talking points." He also suggested that Governor Hochul’s offer to train judges was “offensive” and accused her of suggesting that “some of the best and brightest that work in public service are not astute enough to understand what can sometimes be incomprehensible pieces of legislation that we have to live with.” Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the New York State Office of Court Administration: “Judges have received extensive training on the bail reform legislation, including all of its amendments.” Washington County D.A. Anthony Jordan, President of the New York State District Attorneys Association: “The risks posed to public safety by this law will remain until Hochul and the state legislature give judges the ability to consider the danger posed by releasing defendants when weighing bail. Denying judges the ability to make bail decisions using the very discretion they are expected to exercise in every other task of their job has likewise resulted in the release of too many defendants returning to the communities and victims they have been tormenting.” Quote of the Week We seem to have public safety truthers, you know, bail reform truthers, and they're just resistant to listen to anything. We're leaders and we have a responsibility. - Albany County District Attorney David Soares Diet COLA NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has announced that the new pension cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 3%, the maximum amount authorized by statute. This equates to an approximate monthly increase of $45 starting in September. Best Orwellian “Doublespeak” Statement Thus Far Congressman Jerrold Nadler, candidate for the newly redrawn Manhattan 12th Congressional District - Defund the Police: Yes or No? 2020: Should the NYPD budget be cut? Yes, it should certainly be cut. The city’s needs at this point are much more in terms of social services, jobs, feeding people, education, and health, and much less in police… We’re spending too much on the police. There should be substantial cuts to the police budget and a reallocation of those funds to where we need them. 2022: I did not say I favored defunding. I said I thought some resources should be shifted from the police to mental health and social services as they were in the city budget because cops can’t do everything. Translation: I want to clarify. I was for defunding the police when it was politically convenient until it was not. *WARNING – The above candidate’s views (like many this election cycle) are subject to change at a whim depending on the change in the political winds. “Feel-good from a bunch of boobs." As I first reported two months ago regarding the proposed legislation by Albany County requiring gun stores in the county to display notices warning about the connection between having a firearm in a home and an increased chance of suicide and domestic violence, the Albany County Legislature followed through and actually passed it earlier this week. If signed by County Executive Dan McCoy, the new law would mandate that a printed warning would accompany every firearm purchase in the county - on standard sized letter paper and in at least 26 font - and would require any business or person that sells firearms in the county to give buyers a notice on the potential public health risks that come with owning a gun. Each one would say: “Access to a weapon or firearm in the home significantly increases the risk of suicide, homicide, death during domestic disputes and unintentional deaths to children, household members and others. If you or a loved one is experiencing distress and/or depression, call the crisis prevention and response team at (914) 925-5959 or the National Suicide Hotline at 988.” Failure to hand out the notices would result in a punishment of up to 15 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. At the time of the announcement of the proposed legislation in June, Albany area gun store owner and unabashed law enforcement supporter Brian Olesen summed up the legislation perfectly by calling it "feel-good from a bunch of boobs." It appears nothing has changed in that respect over the past 60 days. The Insanity Continues Earlier this week, Governor Hochul signed a legislative package geared to promote what she calls “greater fairness for those in the prison system.” Thus forward, the term "inmate" will be removed from state laws and replaced with the kinder and gentler term "incarcerated individual.” I feel so much better about things already. You? Now we will have to work on removing the terms felon, convict and prisoner from Webster’s Dictionary. Then maybe a true Utopian society can be realized. According to our governor, "In New York, we're doing everything in our power to show that justice and safety can go hand-in-hand… By treating all New Yorkers with dignity and respect, we can improve public safety while ensuring New Yorkers have a fair shot at a second chance." The crime rate should be plummeting as I write this. The Fleeting Dog Days of Summer As we suffer through these stifling dog days of summer, the people at the Farmers’ Almanac, which has provided an extended weather forecast every year since 1818, offered this bleak preview for the upcoming winter – an extremely stormy January that features heavy rain and snow across the eastern two-thirds of the country the week of Jan. 16-23, followed by one of the coldest outbreaks of arctic air in years — with temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. “It’s going to be a cold, hard start to the winter,” stated Farmers’ Almanac managing editor Sandi Duncan. There is some hope, though - the publication’s biggest competitor, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, will publish its own winter 2022-2023 forecast on Aug. 30. Those Crazy People at the NYSDMV Any Trooper who has pulled over someone with a personalized plate knows the feeling of having to sit there for a second and digest exactly what we are looking at. In fact, according to the NYS DMV, approximately 50,000 personalized and custom license plates are issued every year, however, they have also rejected 3,752 requests in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some of my favorites: NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP, BENDOVER, YESDADDY, FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP, BOOBIE, SUM8ITCH, S8TAN, CNNLIES, MILFDAD, WLHUNG and GOT METH Cosmo Kramer: Assman? Oh, no, these don’t belong to me. I’m not the Assman. I think there’s been a mistake. DMV Clerk: What’s your name again? Kramer: Cosmo Kramer. Clerk: Cosmo Kramer. You are the Assman. Kramer: No! I’m not the Assman. Clerk: Well, as far as the state of New York is concerned, you are. RIP Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022) Need I say more? PBA Trooper Magazine Deadline Please share your photos and stories for publication in the next PBA Trooper magazine. We welcome written stories from members about their work and community activities. Please also continue to send photos of members at work in the station and in the field, scenes from the State Fair and the NTC picnic, hunting and fishing, members in the military, and new arrivals in members’ families. Photos and stories should be sent by September 16 to Michele Crisafulli at email@example.com. Countdown to the NTC Picnic – 26 days The NTC Picnic will be held at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo, NY 14203 on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please use this link to purchase your tickets: https://form.jotform.com/221183758247158 This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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