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News from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer 08/06/2021

Excerpts from NYSTPBA Newsletter. (For full article open attachment below.) News from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Observation Didn’t then-Attorney General Cuomo release a report in 2009 in which he specifically mentioned that the governor’s office should not interfere in the operations of the Division of State Police? Do as I say, not as I do. NYSTPBA in the News (aka Tom’s Ego) This week’s bombshell, as you can expect, resulted in numerous media requests for me on behalf of the NYSTPBA. From local broadcasts to state and national media outlets, I was proud to outline and emphasize our reaction to the long-awaited report. Below is the statement that we released as well as links to a few of the many interviews in which I participated. The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (NYSTPBA) is dismayed and disturbed by the conclusion of the report from independent investigators appointed by New York state’s attorney general that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including a New York State Trooper. “I’m outraged and disgusted that one of my members, who was tasked with guarding the governor and ensuring his safety, could not enjoy the same sense of security in her work environment that he was provided,” said NYSTPBA President Thomas H. Mungeer. The NYSTPBA also applauds the bravery of our member, who when called upon during this investigation was truthful and had the courage to share her experiences. NBC News network: New York Times: WNYT, Albany television news channel: Vaccinations The NYSTPBA Board of Directors approved a measure yesterday to file an improper practice charge seeking injunctive relief against the governor’s misplaced vaccine or weekly testing mandate. NY Troopers Union Head to Newsmax: Mulling Options on Cuomo Shot Order: Troop C Bail Press Release Earlier this week, I also publicly spoke out about the inexcusable release of a man who shot and tried to kill one of own while the Trooper was responding to a domestic disturbance in Troop C. Below is the statement released by your union, along with a link to one of the resulting media interviews. The New York State Troopers PBA is outraged that a man indicted on charges he tried to kill a Trooper was released from jail under the state’s lenient bail system. On the night of June 23, New York State Trooper Ryan Thorp responded to a domestic dispute in the village of Deposit. Scott Mawhiney, 44, is accused of shooting Trooper Thorp as he responded to the call for help. Trooper Thorp was shot in the arm and required surgery as the result of his injuries. Mawhiney was later indicted by a Broome County grand jury on nine charges, including two counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was recently released from jail on bail. According to published news reports, the defense attorney claimed that Mawhiney has no record of being a danger to the community. “This is yet another example of the failed social experiment known as bail reform,” said NYSTPBA President Thomas H. Mungeer. “When you shoot at those who are sworn to uphold law and order, how is that not a danger to society?” There have been numerous documented instances in which arrestees have been released from jail and went on to commit further crimes. This in turn creates an additional officer safety problem when police officers have to arrest an individual again and again, with that individual continuing to be released back into society. “Mawhiney’s actions show that he has no respect for the criminal justice system and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect and serve the public,” Mungeer said. “Given the trend of increasing violence, coupled with the fact that Scott Mawhiney has been charged with trying to kill a New York State Trooper, we fear that history will repeat itself now that he’s free to roam the streets.” NTC Chairman National Troopers Coalition Chairman Jimmy Chavez (AZ) retired on Aug. 4 in order to accept a position at a local police department in Arizona. As per the NTC bylaws, I am now the interim chairman - the first NYS Trooper to hold that title - at least until the next NTC meeting in October when the full board will vote on his replacement. I intend to throw my Stetson into the ring. Pendulum Swings On Monday, Nassau County lawmakers approved legislation that gives the county attorney and the police commissioner the ability to sue people who harass police and other first responders. The bill allows the police commissioner and county attorney to file suit under the county’s human rights law against anyone who assaults, menaces, or harasses a first responder for as much as $50,000 - separate from any potential civil jury awards. The bill borrows language from the New York State penal law, which defines harassment as to “alarm or seriously annoy” a person.

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NYSTPBA Newsletter 2021-08-06
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