News from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer, September 9, 2022





NYSTPBA Newsletter News from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer The NYSTPBA proudly hosted the 121st NTC Conference and Picnic this week in Buffalo. It was only the fourth time since the founding of the NTC in 1977 that New York hosted the meeting. For the first time ever, the NTC Picnic - the first in New York since 2011 - was held in conjunction with the conference. NYSTPBA Treasurer Charlie Murphy spearheaded the effort and with the assistance of the PBA Board, the result was the best event in recent memory. Besides active and retired Troopers from the northeastern states, Troopers from California, Alaska, Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas, Iowa, Louisiana and Michigan were present. On a side note, I have accepted the nomination for another two-year term as NTC Chairman. "Indeed sir, the last charge of Wyatt Earp and his immortals." 21 Years Later Let us not forget that this Sunday marks the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. On Sept. 11, 2001, those of us who were on the job at that time remember the long days being deployed in New York City in the aftermath. Many continue to suffer from the effects of that deployment, with 19 members of the New York State Police making the ultimate sacrifice. On a brighter note, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill yesterday extending thefiling deadline for World Trade Center presumptive disability, death, and workers’ compensation benefits to September 11, 2026. Quote of the Week “This idea that judges have discretion and are exercising discretion is a categorical lie.” - Albany District Attorney David Soares on the so-called bail reform “fixes” enacted earlier this year. Kudos The NYC Detectives Endowment Association is contemplating initiating a civil suit against a woman who tried to intervene in her armed boyfriend’s arrest by slapping and shoving a detective. Initially charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, the illustrious Manhattan D.A.’s office reduced the charges to a misdemeanor count of obstructing governmental administration. “Criminals in New York have grown accustomed to there being no consequences for their dangerous, illegal actions. But when you assault a New York City detective in order to interfere with an arrest of a man armed with a gun there are repercussions,” stated DEA President Paul DiGiacomo. I don’t know if the civil case angle is viable. However, I appreciate the mindset that someone has to stand up for the cops in the trenches. Another Gubernatorial Poll According to still another poll, this one by the Trafalgar Group, Lee Zeldin only trails Governor Hochul by 5 points - 47.8 percent to 43.4 percent. "You Hear That, Mr. Anderson? That Is The Sound Of Inevitability!" - (The Matrix) Agent Smith Feeding the Monster I have written previously about the Albany Community Police Review Board and their incessant overreach into the internal investigations of the police department in that city. Now the group wants more money to fund their quest to expand their investigative powers even further to oversee and investigate complaints. This includes unfettered access to the department’s investigative file for an incident and language that would spell out that any police employee who doesn’t cooperate with a review board investigation would be charged with misconduct. Albany Police Supervisors Association President Josiah Jones sums up the power grab perfectly, “This is exactly what we were trying to warn taxpayers about. This is a large cost that’s being thrust up on the taxpayer without their informed consent.” Sick Leave We wish Trooper Thomas Mascia a speedy recovery after being struck by a truck last night on I-95. He was released from the hospital early this morning and is at home recovering from his injuries. PBA Trooper Magazine Deadline Please share your photos and stories for publication in the next PBA Trooper magazine – 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 mcrisafulli@nystpba.org. Ending on a Good Note The media has been reporting this week about the heroic efforts of Trooper Francis W. Rush of SP Wappinger on Aug. 17, 2022, when, without hesitation, he entered a pond and rescued the driver of a car that was submerged in 15 feet of water. Trooper Rush swam to the unconscious victim and pulled him to shore where was treated and survived the incident. It was determined he accidentally drove into the pond after suffering a medical emergency. Great job! https://5townscentral.com/2022/09/07/hero-incredible-video-of-nys-trooper-saving-man-underwater-after-car-submerged-in-pond/ 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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