Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Travesty, Part II Yesterday, Trooper Christopher Baldner's bail request was denied by Ulster County Court Judge Bryan Rounds, and he will be detained until resolution of the proceedings next year. I met with his attorney afterward and he is exploring legal options to appeal this travesty of justice. We sent out the following press release just hours ago and I think it is self-explanatory: Although we are extremely disappointed by the judge’s decision in yesterday’s bail hearing in Ulster County Court, the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association will continue to respect the legal process and provide legal representation for Trooper Christopher Baldner, a right afforded to every American citizen. However, I cannot help but wonder how justice was served by what I believe was an unexplainable and irrational decision by the judge. Members of law enforcement have been demoted to a second class of citizens and we continue to play on an unlevel playing field, as it appears a separate set of rules apply to us compared to the everyday citizen. It seems that the Bail Elimination Act of 2019 applies to everyone except members of law enforcement. In addition, I simply cannot ignore the specter of the unholy alliance of the legal process that seems now to be intertwined in the stench of both state and county politics in this case; from the apparent political grandstanding by the attorney general’s office - which led to what I believe is the overcharging of our member – to the subsequent request to hold him without bail, to the judge’s granting that request. As this case makes its way through the legal system, we look forward to a review and public release of the facts, including the motorist’s reckless actions that started this chain of events. The false narrative that has been provided thus far will be corrected in the coming months. Lastly, I call on the Ulster County District Attorney to file the necessary charges against Tristin Goods, whose reckless behavior put everyone traveling on the New York State Thruway that evening in extreme danger. Meanwhile, Trooper Baldner sits in the Ulster County Jail waiting for his day in court – an American travesty. Over the past 24 hours, I cannot help but think about the incident that happened in Nevada earlier this week. Although occurring in a different state and different laws apply, it is extremely frustrating to see the saga of former NFL wide receiver Henry Ruggs III play out. According to police, he was traveling drunk at 156 mph when he slammed into a woman’s car, killing her. Yet he was bailed on $150,000 with strict conditions including home confinement, electronic monitoring and surrender of his passport. Trooper Baldner’s attorney offered nearly the exact same package and yet he sits in the Ulster County Jail. WTF? I also cannot adequately express my frustration with this situation from the apparent political grandstanding by the Attorney General’s Office, which led to what I believe is the overcharging of our Member and the subsequent request to hold him without bail. It seems that the Bail Elimination Act of 2019 applies to everyone except members of law enforcement. I wonder how many of the protesters camped outside the Ulster County Courthouse were beating the bandwagon in support of the elimination of bail, that is until it involves a NYS Trooper? Hypocrites! The NYSTPBA will continue to support Trooper Baldner and his family and we look forward to when the true facts of this case are revealed at trial. I will refrain from putting too many of my true feelings on paper as it might negatively affect his case going forward. However, I will say this - if anyone thinks that elections do not have consequences, look no farther than this case. Next year’s gubernatorial election will determine if this state will continue its freefall or regain some semblance of equilibrium. The The New York State Trooper PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund is accepting donations on behalf of Trooper Baldner and his family. To donate click here and in the line for “Specific fundraising event or in memory of” please type in the words “Trooper Baldner.” In addition, you can write a check to the Signal 30 Benefit Fund and in the memo line write “Trooper Baldner” and mail it to: New York State Trooper PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 48 Howard St., Albany, NY 12207. I want to thank everyone who has graciously donated to help the Baldner family during their time of need. Vaccination New York State - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a temporary injunction, taking away any religious exemptions to the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state health care workers. New York City - Mayor de Blasio’s vaccine mandate went into effect on Nov. 1 and as of Tuesday, 89 officers are on unpaid leave. Washington - Approximately 3% of the Washington State Patrol failed to comply by the deadline - 67 state troopers, six sergeants and one captain were placed on unpaid leave. Massachusetts – Only three Troopers have resigned in response to that mandate. New Hampshire State Police I would like to thank those members who took the time and traveled to Manchester, N.H. to attend the funeral of Staff Sergeant Jesse Sherrill, who was killed on Oct. 28, 2021 when his cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer in a construction zone. Nearly 1,500 members of law enforcement were present, and it was nice to see uniformed New York State Troopers among them. I had the honor of delivering checks from the National Troopers Coalition and our very own Signal 30 Fund to help the Sherrill family in their time of need. Election Day 2021 - Blue Red Wave First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote and for helping defeat the three ballot proposals that I mentioned last week. Well done! Who said bail reform and defunding the police aren’t resonating with the public? As anyone who frequents a beach can tell you, no matter how high the waves reach, they eventually recede. Such is the case with the so-called Blue Wave that splashed across our state last year, propelling Democrats to take a historic number of political seats on both a local and state level. This year is different, however, with Republicans having their best showing in five years. Let’s hope that it is sustainable next year when all of the state’s top officials as well as every legislative seat is up for grabs. Election Day Quotes Quote I "Congratulations Mayor Byron Brown. Socialism has been defeated in Buffalo!" - NYS GOP Chair Nick Langworthy Quote II “This was generally a good year for Republicans and Conservatives, which is a result of actions that have been taken in Albany over the last two years on a number of these law enforcement proposals, as well as a general distaste for the Biden administration.” - NYS Conservative Party Chair Gerard Kassar This Week’s Sign That the Apocalypse is Upon Us As expected, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Driving Equality bill which amended the city’s Traffic Code to reclassify seven offenses as “secondary violations.” Secondary violations include things like broken taillights or brake lights, bumper issues, improperly displayed registration stickers, and inspection violations. SCOTUS The U.S. Supreme Court appears inclined to wipe out a series of gun control measures that require firearm owners to show a particular, unusual need to get a permit to carry a gun outside the home. During arguments Wednesday on New York state’s strict gun laws, the high court’s conservative majority contended that such rules treat Second Amendment rights as inferior to other constitutional rights like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. To be continued… The Pendulum Swings Minneapolis voters struck down a proposed charter amendment that would have eliminated the Minneapolis Police Department and replaced it with a Department of Public Safety. The proposed charter amendment would have eliminated the minimum police staffing requirement as well as the position of police chief. Mailbag This week’s inspirational words are attributed to a member of the general public named Nigel Friestadt of Vancouver, Canada. In missives sent through both Facebook as well as the NYSTPBA general email inbox we get the following words of wisdom regarding this union’s defense of Trooper Baldner: Fuck you kkk nazi scumbag piece of shit. You need suicide you racist fuck. thomas mungeer and christopher baldner need death. Kill yourselves you kkk nazi lowlife fucks. Slit your own pig fucking throat and feed yourselves bullets until you are fucking dead. That is what is happening to you 2 kkk nazi fucks. Death. I initially thought it was my ex-wife sending me a love note, but she uses much better grammar than this dick. What can I say? I know you are, but what am I? This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the PBA, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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