News from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer, September 30, 2022







NYSTPBA Newsletter News from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the people, especially our retired members, who were affected by the devastation left by Hurricane Ian. “There’s a line in the sand. The gloves are off.” The New York Post has highlighted our recent endorsement of Michael Henry for Attorney General. Unless you are marooned on a desert island, you know that this organization has condemned the leadership of the A.G.’s office repeatedly for incompetence and political favoritism. Here is a snippet from that article – Troopers PBA President Thomas Mungeer said he’s furious with James’ office over its handling of the murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment indictment of Trooper Christopher Baldner for his role in a crash that killed a Brooklyn teen in December 2020. He said James’ prosecutors falsely claimed Baldner was a flight risk when setting bail. “There’s a line in the sand. The gloves are off. I have no confidence in anything James does,” Mungeer told The Post. He added in a statement, “The NYSTPBA is urging all of its members, along with their family members and friends, as well as all members of the law enforcement community, to vote for Michael Henry for New York State Attorney General.” “Our law enforcement officers go out and put their lives on the line every single day and they deserve our respect. We are going to work together to restore safety to New York by repealing dangerous pro-criminal policies that are putting the public and our officers at risk. I thank New York State Troopers PBA President Thomas Mungeer and every member for putting their trust in me,” Henry said. NY state troopers endorse GOP's Michael Henry over incumbent Letitia James in AG race (nypost.com) Bail Reform Numbers According to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, new data on rearrest rates for people arraigned and released both before and after bail reforms took effect is now available. According to the Daily News, “Statewide monthly rearrest rates started rising sharply starting in late 2019, when judges began applying the new law early to avoid complications in in-progress cases. Up and up the rate went, peaking in April 2020.” Furthermore, although, “rearrest rates went down after a round of legislative changes made more crimes bail-eligible…they’ve stayed stubbornly above the pre-bail-reform average.” Put that in your pipe and smoke it! You’re So Vain Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo apparently is going to use his $10 million war chest to start a political action committee “to elect the right people to politics,” form a gun control group and launch his own weekly podcast because he’s “very concerned about the state of our country.” He added that he believes the evils of social media have “created a political Roman Colosseum that encourages the loud, the mean and the outrageous.” He continued, “We don’t need panderers, we need producers. We need people committed to fight for change and who get results. We need people who have the character and capacity to stand up and lead and take the heat that goes with leadership, because that’s the job.” “You had one eye in the mirror As you watched yourself gavotte” - Carly Simon The Ongoing Concealed Carry Circus There are so many questions surrounding the new concealed carry law, and so many interpretations by lawyers, sheriffs’ departments as well as our own job. The newest wrinkle is that military veteran organizations are now fearful that it might lead to prosecutions of members participating in the long tradition of firing a 21-gun salute at a veteran’s funeral. “They may say we won’t be arrested, but we’re not going to take those chances, especially if it’s a religious cemetery and fire a 21-gun salute we can be arrested for that,” according to Commander David Riley of the American Legion Department of New York. Adding to the confusion, it has been reported that numerous historical military reenactments have been canceled - including those in Washington and Montgomery counties - over the same concern. In response, the Governor’s Office released the following statement, “Governor Hochul passed new public safety laws to protect New Yorkers and keep them safe from gun violence. These laws allow historical re-enactments to occur, and there should be no concern otherwise. We will work with legislators and local law enforcement to ensure these events can proceed as they have for centuries. In the meantime, individuals who have lawfully participated in reenactments should continue to do so.” Peter Kehoe, Executive Director of the NYS Sheriffs Association, countered that statement with comments of his own. “We have the same problem a lot of organizations have and that is trying to understand the law. The letter of the law is clear, possession of a weapon in sensitive places is a class A felony. That's what the statute says, and the governor has no authority to say but we didn't really mean it." Quote of the Week “We’re really putting our foot down on the accelerator and revving up our efforts to make sure we have this transition — not someday in the future, but on a specific date, a specific year — by the year 2035.” - Gov. Kathy Hochul at a press conference yesterday announcing that all new vehicles purchased in New York will need to be zero-emission models beginning in 2035, with target dates mandating that 35 percent of new cars will need to be zero-emission by 2026 and 68 percent by 2030. I reiterate my comments from a few weeks ago - electric Troop cars, anyone? Oriskany Training I was invited by the Firearms Detail to observe the recruit training in Oriskany this week. Observing the hard work by the Firearms as well as the EVOC instructors left me totally blown away. Training is certainly light years away from what I received in 1993 (quick shoutout to my remaining fellow 172nd friends on our EOD last Tuesday) and I can say with confidence that these recruits are better trained than the generations of Troopers before us and certainly better trained than the thousands of non-NYSP law enforcement members who are turned out on patrol every year. Kudos to the men and women working hard to mold the next generation of Troopers! This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us Legislation currently being considered in the NYC Council would require the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to allow inmates in city jails to apply for civil service jobs as long as they meet the minimum qualifications for the jobs. In addition, exam fees would be waived. A possible solution to our apparent recruitment problems? 61 – No Asterisk Needed While many of us – Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike - were tuning into watch Aaron Judge chase history, our esteemed attorney general took to social media to chastise Apple TV for carrying one of the games last week. “Millions of New Yorkers paid their cable bills expecting to see live sports programming,” she wrote in a tweet. “Denying them the chance to watch Aaron Judge step up to the plate to make history tonight is wrong and unfair. I’m calling on @MLB and @Apple to open up tonight’s game to the @YESNetwork.” Huh? So, let me get this straight. You’re asking one private entity with exclusive rights to share its content with another private entity that does not have any of those rights? I didn’t even mention that the game was available for free on Apple TV. I love one of the responses someone made: “Maybe we should nationalize all sports broadcasts because watching baseball is a fundamental right and basic service, on par with water and paved roads, that must be available to all Americans.” And you are responsible for investigating our Troopers involved in critical incidents? As Jerry Seinfeld once stated, “And you want me to be your latex salesman.” A Bunch of Desk Weasels You may have heard recently that the PBA of New York State Law Enforcement, which represents Encon, Park Police, University Police and Forest Rangers, endorsed our sitting governor. Their business, not mine. However, due to their intentionally similar name, coupled with incompetent reporting by some in the media, some headlines attributed the endorsement to the Troopers PBA. The NYSTPBA has NOT made any gubernatorial endorsements as of this writing. However, the NYSTPBA office staff definitely appreciates (sarcasm) the strongly worded emails and passionate phone calls many placed to our office demanding an explanation for an endorsement we did not make. Below is one of my favorites from some guy named George Morris – You're backing the governor who supports criminality? That was very surprising, but I suppose because you are a powerful union you feel you MUST go with a Democrat even though she supports criminals...as you also apparently do. Why does NY suck? LOOK IN THE MIRROR! What a total dis-service to your members who put their lives on the line while you support policy-makers that hurt cops. But you're a bunch of desk-weasels who were never cops...CLEARLY. Desk weasel! I think that even tops what my ex-wife has called me! Priceless! The Name We Do Not Speak Last week I threw out the name Trump and as expected, I received nearly a score of emails – all positive, except one. While I could focus and comment on the fact that apparently I continue to “erode [his] trust and confidence in [my] ability to guide the membership through trying times” and I’m certainly not going to publish a retraction (although I appreciate the time he spent writing a canned response for me to do so), I will choose to focus on a positive email that was sent to the NYSTPBA office. To Tom Mungeer: From Association of Former New York State Troopers, Inc. (AFNYST). Just this past weekend we had our quarterly state board meeting and the subject of your "rants" came up and everyone in attendance had the same response, "Keep up the good work!" So, to you Tom, A Tip of the Stetson, my friend and keep up the Friday rants. I look for forward to reading them! Just a note, we can't believe that someone has the balls to tell it like it is. Michael Doney/State President AFNYST I appreciate the kind words from such an esteemed organization. The AFNYST, formed in 1951, is a statewide social and charitable organization with 14 chapters across the state and its own Board of Directors. If anyone wishes to join their ranks or simply wants more information on the AFNYST, contact state Secretary Michael Wells at afnyst.cdchapter.secretary@gmail.com. New York | Association of Former New York State Troopers (afnyst.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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