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Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer, July 22, 2022

  NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In MemoriamOur collective thoughts and prayers go out to the men of women of the Rochester Police Department for the senseless murder of one of their own last night – Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz, a 29-year veteran of the department. Officer Sino Seng was also wounded but is expected to recover.  As of this writing, no suspect (coward) has been identified yet. According to Police Chief David Smith, "Last night, Officer Mazurkiewicz and his partner, Officer Sino Seng, were attacked in a cowardly ambush and fell victim to the very violence in our community that we are trying to combat.” Ironically, earlier that same day, Mayor Malik Evans declared a "gun violence state of emergency" in Rochester.  Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Mayor. Take a stand, support your police officers and take back your streets.  Tattoos and Long-Sleeved Shirt Rumor ControlIt has come to my attention that the latest rumor being circulated is that all uniformed members will have to wear long-sleeved shirts year-round - which was the pre-1973 policy - in order for Division to amend its visible tattoo policy. This is unequivocally FALSE. Division is considering amending its tattoo policy, mostly to bolster the numbers of eligible candidates for our ranks.  What is being considered is that those who have visible tattoos on their arms - tattoos on the face, neck and hands will still be prohibited (I’m so out of touch) - would have to wear long sleeves year-round. Short sleeves would still be an option for all others.  I know that this potential change in policy regarding the uniforms is a shock to the NYSP purists out there (me included, to a point) and Colonel Chandler is probably turning over in his grave (truth be told, he probably did that in 1973 when they went to short sleeves). However, I appreciate those in Division who are looking to alternatives given the changes in society in the 21st century while balancing our long-standing traditions and preserving the gains achieved by the NYSTPBA in the early 1970s. I am told that Division will likely issue a decision in the next few months. Tweet of the Week“So, New York’s bail law allows you to attack a political candidate with a knife and be released on your own recognizance within hours? Maybe there should be a carve out for would-be assassins. Wow.” -          New York City Councilman Joe Borelli after a man tried to attack gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin with a sharp object during a campaign speech. Thankfully, the suspect was quickly subdued and arrested for attempted assault in the second degree. He was arraigned and swiftly released on his own recognizance, thanks to the new bail reform laws. Problems? What Problems? No CommentPutnam County Clerk and President of the New York State Association of County Clerks Michael Bartolotti joined the growing number of people speaking out about the knee-jerk gun “safety” laws hastily enacted by the Legislature.   “In haste to pass the new regulations as a reaction to the recent United States Supreme Court ruling, the process as it stands now will be riddled with complex, confusing and redundant barriers of compliance.” He then followed up by saying, “It's very difficult for us to inform our constituents if we don't know ourselves. You know, coming up on the September deadline, it's going to be without any answers. As of today. I would say it's not feasible because we don't have the answers to the questions that everybody has.” The governor’s office responded on Monday with a statement: “Governor Hochul signed landmark legislation developed to comply with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen and drafted in close collaboration with the legislature. We have no further comment given pending litigation.” Nothing to see here, folks. Let's move it along. HypocrisyAs you probably have heard, New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who recently announced she would be retiring, is under investigation for what we would refer to in our world as a personnel complaint. However, the results of this investigation, conducted by the Commission on Judicial Conduct, will only be released if she is found guilty of an ethical breach or some other offense. If not, the record would not be accessible to the public.  I recently wrote about the hypocrisy regarding the New York Civil Liberties Union and their quest to obtain our unfounded and unsubstantiated disciplinary records and our litigation trying to counter that, while the disciplinary records and any unfounded complaints of the attorneys that make up the NYCLU are not available for public perusal. So, just for the scorecard, in the ensuing months, we will be arguing the merits of our case against an attorney and before a judge, both of which currently enjoy the very right which we are pursuing. Welcome to New York state!JawsThe State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a series of shark-related safety tips that include avoiding areas with seals and staying close to shore. Just for the record, according to the International Shark Attack File (yes, a real thing) the lifetime threat of a fatal shark attack is 1 in 3.7 million. If you’re that damn nervous about sharks, just stay OUT of the water because there is not one confirmed shark attack that occurred on the beach – unless of course you were a Saturday Night Live cast member and you fell victim to the Land Shark. Knock, knock. Woman:  Who is it? Voice:  Flowers. Woman:  Flowers for whom? Voice: Plumber, ma'am. Woman:  I don't need a plumber. You're that clever shark, aren't you? Voice: Candygram. Woman:  Candygram, my foot! You get out of here before I call the police! You're the shark, and you know it! Voice:  Wait. I-I'm only a dolphin, ma'am. Woman:  A dolphin? Well...okay. [opens door] Cue the “Jaws” attack music as another unsuspecting person falls victim to the Land Shark. Quote of the Week“The number one thing I smell right now is pot. It’s like everybody’s smoking a joint now.” -          NYC Mayor Eric Adams  I am respectfully requesting that any NYSTPBA member who is assigned to the State Fair or any concert venue this summer be given a pass on random drug testing for a while. Some Sexism Back and ForthNewsmax’s Greg Kelly, while interviewing Republican gubernatorial candidate Congressman Lee Zeldin, suggested “Kathy Hochul has not really done much of anything, other than, I’m sorry, but be somebody’s wife,” to which Zeldin replied that “she’s in over her head” in leading the state. Governor Hochul’s response: “If you’re looking for a label to give me, you can just call me ‘Governor.’” Congressman Zeldin, in response to Governor Hochul’s response: “Kathy Hochul has been a County Clerk, Congresswoman, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor. The issue isn’t that she has never held positions of power. The issue is that she has been a disaster. To save our state, Hochul’s new title will soon be ‘unemployed.'” Sorry Congressman, but I’ll have to award this round to our Governor. A very simple, stinging off-the-cuff comeback beats the long, drawn out, communications director-crafted response every time. So-Called Criminal Justice “Reforms"According to an Albany Times Union article, Washington County District Attorney J. Anthony Jordan, who is also the president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York (DAASNY), recently bemoaned the struggles that district attorneys’ offices are having statewide in part as a result of the new so-called criminal justice reforms. “District Attorneys’ offices all over our state are struggling to retain and recruit qualified assistant district attorneys. Increasing caseloads, expanded discovery requirements, pandemic backlogs and stagnant salaries are resulting in resignations of ADAs at unprecedented numbers. It is frustrating that our assistants are so overwhelmed, overworked and underpaid that they are looking elsewhere for better salaries and healthier work-life balances. Additional funding for staff is needed for prosecutors’ offices at all levels to keep up with the increasing demands and workloads.” While I believe we, members of law enforcement, agree with their plight as we are suffering from the same complaints, according to my recollection, the DAASNY was largely silent during the criminal justice reform talks at the Capitol when they were being pushed through a few years ago. Just saying. New York vs. IndianaLast Sunday, a man entered Indiana’s Greenwood Park Mall - a location that would be considered “sensitive” in New York - with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition and began firing in the food court, killing two people and injuring two others. Luckily, the state legislature in Indiana has a different mindset on concealed carry firearms and an armed civilian quickly reacted and shot and killed him 15 seconds after he started his premeditated rampage. I don’t really have to comment on this any further only to say that this would have been a much bigger tragedy if it were to have occurred in New York state.  Chicken Wings, Anyone?Earlier this week, just down the street from the NYSTPBA office, the charming bunch from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) parked a box truck depicting chickens on their way to the slaughterhouse, complete with speakers pumping their cries throughout downtown Albany. Lettering on the truck's cab claimed it was from the "Hell on Wheels Chicken Company" and a cartoon chef was pictured winking while holding a chicken by the neck and a sign on the rear of the vehicle read, "Does this bother you? Then go vegan." According to PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, “Behind every chicken sandwich or buffalo wing was a once-living, sensitive individual who was crammed onto a truck for a terrifying, miserable journey to their death. PETA’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ truck is an appeal to anyone who eats chicken to remember the meat industry’s cruelty to birds and that the kindest meal is a vegan one.”  Well then, when all of you attend the 2022 NTC Picnic in Buffalo and are enjoying their world-famous chicken wings, please remember the “sensitive individuals” who bravely gave their lives (or just wings) in order to enhance your Western New York culinary experience.  Personally, I love a good veal parmesan dinner so I can’t wait until I see what they have planned for that campaign. Herd of cattle stampeding down State Street?  Final ThoughtCan anyone tell me why Aaron Judge hasn’t been named the Yankees Captain yet??? 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