NYSTPBA Newsletter Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In Memoriam Our thoughts and collective prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Louisiana Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, who was shot and killed during an ambush while participating in the search for a murder suspect in Prairieville on Oct. 9, 2021. I am proud to say that Division, in conjunction with the NYSTPBA and NYSPIA, sent a respectable detail to honor our fallen brother. 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil I had the honor of reading names of fallen police officers last night at the Candlelight Vigil, including those of New York State Trooper Jennifer Czarnecki and my friend, Sgt./SC Jeff Cicora. In 2013, I offered my spot as a reader of the names of fallen members to Jeff so he could read the name of Trooper Amanda Anna, who was his junior trooper. Last night, it was with great honor that I read Jeff’s name to the hundreds of police officers and families in attendance. I want to thank those members, including Superintendent Kevin Bruen, who took the time to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend this year’s ceremony. It was also good to see former Superintendent George Beach, who despite working for the federal government, still bleeds purple and gray. Some Good News for a Change Despite the media’s focus on the doom and gloom in our society, we should not forget that we have a lot of support from the “silent majority.” Here is one such instance that appeared in an Albany-area news outlet. Open Letter to Anonymous New York State Trooper on Exit 2 of the Thruway Mike Karolyi This is an open letter to the anonymous New York State Trooper that protected my family. Ever get a flat tire? No big deal right? Change the tire and drive on. It's not that easy when you are sitting on the Exit 2 ramp of the New York State Thruway in Albany. Cars come flying off I-90 and around the corner exceeding the speed limit at more than 70 mph! My girlfriend Lainie was bracing herself praying she wouldn't get plowed into by another vehicle. Our dog Mondo was barking his head off and it became chaos. What do you do? You call the police. Lainie sent me a text to let me know she had a flat and needed help. While I was driving to her, she called the New York State Police. At first I thought, Hey! I can change a flat! Why get the police involved? For some reason I thought having the police there would just complicate the situation. I was wrong. Within minutes a trooper was parked behind her with lights flashing and asking if she was ok. This trooper not only offered safety to her and Mondo but when I arrived he didn't hesitate to get dirty and help change the tire. I was so appreciative I told him I'd like to play a song for him on the radio as a thank you. He declined by saying "I am just doing my job". As he walked away I asked his name, figuring I would mention him on-air just the same, and he said "You have a good evening and be safe." While this seems routine, to us it was priceless peace of mind. This open letter of appreciation goes out to all New York State Troopers and especially to the one that was there Monday to "protect and serve," we thank you. You be safe as well. Please file this under “Who gives a shit” This is the crap that keeps cluttering my inbox. There has been a lot of press around the conclusions reached in Attorney General Tish James' report — however, the AG's public comments and report have been rife with one-sided distortions, presented to generate scathing headlines and purposely mislead the public. Tellingly, the AG has refused to answer any specific questions regarding the report while herself mulling a run for Governor. Yesterday, Rita Glavin, Attorney for Governor Cuomo released a letter to the Assembly Judiciary Committee outlining a number of serious concerns and glaring deficiencies and distortions regarding the Attorney General's report — including new questions about whether the AG herself violated the terms of the investigative referral made to her office — as well as provide more facts about other matters that the Assembly is examining. Ms. Glavin intends to imminently make a full submission to the Attorney General’s office which will address each of these issues in great detail, and many more — that submission will be made public for all of you to read and judge for yourselves. In the meantime, if you could spare 10 minutes please read Rita's letter to understand the facts for yourself, we would appreciate it. In friendship, Team Cuomo I just threw up in my mouth. Poll Numbers According to a recent Marist poll, Gov. Kathy Hochul is ahead in a potential three-way race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year against Attorney General James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. In a potential three-way race, Hochul received 44 percent support among registered Democrats, James received 28 percent and Williams received 15 percent. The remaining 13 percent of respondents were unsure. Now here’s the kicker. In a hypothetical four-way race in which former Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempts a comeback, Hochul received 36 percent, James received 24 percent, Cuomo received 19 percent and Williams 9 percent, with 12 percent unsure. In addition, among Democrats, 42 percent view Cuomo favorably while 53 percent view him unfavorably. A Dean Wormer note to these (42%) Democrats - Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son. Quote of the Week I f we do nothing, then this insufferable condition will be the new norm.” Albany County District Attorney David Soares during a NYS Assembly hearing on gun violence where he called for an increased ability for the courts to weigh a person’s perceived dangerousness instead of just releasing them without bail. Random Thought I wonder if William Shatner had time to rendezvous with the green girl during his brief visit to outer space earlier this week? Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Washington, D.C. Style Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to remove marijuana from the federal controlled substances list. Jeff Spicoli: All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine. San Antonio Last May I posted the following: Some good news from San Antonio where the police union was successful in helping defeat Proposition B, a charter amendment that would have stripped the police union of its right to collectively bargain with the city. Although the margin was small (51 to 49), the union’s hard work in getting its message heard over the clamor of police reform rhetoric was apparent. Yesterday in Washington, D.C. I met two of the police officers who rolled up their sleeves and helped get this done. They informed me that the opposition is not content to sit idly by and are gearing up for another round to push their dangerous agenda through. Good luck, ladies. You have the support of the NYSTPBA behind you! This Week’s Sign That the Apocalypse is Upon Us The Philadelphia City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill that bars police from stopping drivers solely for committing minor traffic violations such as:
Driving with a single broken brake light
Driving without an inspection or emissions sticker
Having a registration plate that’s not clearly displayed, fastened, or visible
Driving with a single headlight or minor obstruction
Driving without vehicle registration within 60 days of the observed infraction
Didn’t Joel Rifkin get caught when he was pulled over by Trooper Sean Ruane for a “minor” traffic infraction? Just saying. Weekly Newsletters If you know of a member or members who are not receiving the NYSTPBA enewsletters, ask them to send an email to the NYSTPBA at email@example.com or contact their delegate to make sure that we have their correct personal email address. Friends Epilogue "We were on a break!" 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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