NYSTPBA Newsletter Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer In Memoriam The thoughts and prayers of the entire NYSTPBA membership go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper Todd A. Claremont, who suffered a major medical event while at his home on Sunday evening and died in the early morning hours of Monday, January 17, 2022. Trooper Claremont, who had entered into terminal leave last month and had celebrated his 20th anniversary with the State Police on January 7, 2022, would have entered into retirement yesterday. He had served in Troop B throughout his entire career and finished his career as the Troop B Safety Officer. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, and two daughters. Executive Budget For the first time in recent memory, it was actually enjoyable to go through an Executive Budget and not see a multi-billion dollar deficit nor a litany of harmful or downright crazy policy changes driven by an executive hoping to pander to whichever special interest was the flavor-of-the-day that particular legislative cycle. Buoyed by better-than-expected sales and income tax collections and flush with cash from the overly generous pandemic federal aid packages, Gov. Kathy Hochul has plenty of reasons to smile. As Comptroller Tom DiNapoli stated, “She’s in an enviable position.” What’s next? I will submit testimony for the Public Protection portion of the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing next Tuesday. The focus will be on the much-needed additional manpower to fulfill the governor’s new public safety initiatives as well as our regular patrol duties. In addition, we desperately need a significant boost in patrol vehicle funds. However, a balanced budget through 2027 should give us all a reason to smile, especially when our contract expires next year. Sitting in the Catbird Seat – The Power of Incumbency According to a new Siena poll, Governor Hochul has a commanding lead five months before the Democratic primary, leading her potential opponents by more than 30 points. She has the support of 46 percent of Democrats, compared to 12 percent for former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, 11 percent for New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and 6 percent for Rep. Tom Suozzi, with 24 percent unsure or naming another candidate. “She’s a tough chick from Buffalo, I always said — from day one, when people assumed she would just be there temporarilyand as a placeholder for [Attorney General] Tish James or someone else — I said, ‘don’t underestimate her.’" - Sen. Diane Savino on Governor Hochul This news of the poll was apparently enough for one of the aforementioned potential candidates to wave the white flag as the former NYC mayor tweeted, "I am not going to be running for Governor of New York State, but I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fighting inequality in the state of New York." We are all waiting with bated breath for you to do just that, Billy boy. Blame it on the Commas - The Trials and Self-Inflected Tribulations of Alvin Bragg On the heels of substantial public blowback over his Day One Missive and the abrupt resignation of nine of his assistant district attorneys, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been bristling at the criticism. “Maybe I had a comma out of place, maybe I didn’t use the exact right words, but the urgency of now didn’t start the conversation, so we started it,” Mr. Bragg said of his controversial memo. “And it may be a long conversation,” he continued Sunday at a church service. Then yesterday he appeared before a panel at New York University Law School, again blaming the backlash on those darn commas – “I've been a lawyer for a long time. I've been doing the work. I have not been a commas person. I've got a lot to learn about commas and messaging. Lesson learned — we'll be framing our arguments and our theses going forward.” Well, Mr. Bragg, I may be naïve but you cannot blame misplacing a comma on rewriting the NYS Penal Law. Run for state legislator if you want to change the laws. They are quite good at that in Albany, from what I hear. A Quote and Two Very Different Translations Quote “Bragg is green-lighting certain felony crimes, not to mention lesser, quality-of-life crimes, offering no consequences for the perpetrators at all.” - Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association (DEA), while calling for Governor Hochul to appoint a special prosecutor if Mr. Bragg refuses to change his policies. Translation #1 “What the DEA and others are saying is that if District Attorney Bragg is going to refuse to prosecute entire areas of the law, it is incumbent upon the governor to appoint someone who will.” - Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and a former Manhattan prosecutor Translation #2 “In a desperate effort to reassert a criminalization model of drug control, the DEA is engaging in blatant political grandstanding that goes against the broader tide calling for an end to the failed drug war.” - Alex Vitale, a professor at Brooklyn College, the author of “The End of Policing,” which argues for the abolition of police What??? How do you get “drug control” from downgrading robberies to shoplifting? More Nonsensical Legislation Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has introduced legislation that will update the New York State Returnable Container Law to expand the list of redeemable bottles and raise the deposit to a 10-cent return and expand further eligible beverage containers to include certain wine and liquor bottles, dairy products, iced teas and sports drinks. Ten cents for an empty bourbon bottle? Anyone? Bueller? A Sign That the Apocalypse is Upon Us Christopher Trencher, age 55, is suing his 82-year-old mother over the loss of his valuable baseball cards — including a 1953 Topps Ralph Kiner and a 1953 Topps Satchel Paige that are said to be worth more than $25,000. “Are you serious? He filed a case against me in Manhattan Supreme Court?” said Carol Ivanick, a lawyer and mother of three, told the New York Post, adding that her son gave the cards to her. I wonder how much my G.I. Joes would be worth now – the ones that my mother sold in a yard sale years ago? Troopers to the Rescue – Again Governor Hochul stated yesterday that she intends to send the State Police into New York City and Pennsylvania to help curb the ever-increasing gun violence. “What we can do best is to use our state resources, our state police teams, to literally go into places like Pennsylvania and see where people are loading up trunks with guns that are legal there but not legal in the state of New York. If we catch them at the Thruway stops and we stop them before they can even do harm, then we’re making progress.” Who am I to step in and say anything? She’s on a roll. Plus, I’m going to save that quote for our next contract negotiations. Can anyone say Impact Bargaining? Disability Insurance Open Enrollment There is currently an open enrollment for active members for long-term disability insurance, as well as short-term disability, specified disease and accident coverage policies for the entire month of January. The new benefit summaries are posted on the NYSTPBA website for your review. If you have any questions, please contact EPIC Risk Solutions at 845-360-5885 or email@example.com and speak to Emma Kruger or Dawn Stewart. They can walk you through the new benefits and the enrollment process. Finis Good luck to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills this Sunday versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Since my team has been rebuilding for more than 50 years, I might as well root for the home team. (Yes, Jack Moretti, I am fully aware that the New York Jets play in New Jersey). 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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