NYSTPBA Newsletter Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Vaccination Update · The NYSTPBA is aware of the internal edict issued by the Governor’s Office requiring all state employees who interact with personnel from that office be vaccinated. We are currently exploring all of our options, including the possibility of filing an Improper Practice charge. As we have said all along, we believe this is an issue that must be negotiated before it is implemented. · The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to block New York’s vaccination mandate for health care workers because it doesn't have a religious exemption. · NY counties not enforcing the statewide mask mandate: Nassau, Dutchess, Rockland, Saratoga, Madison, Livingston, Niagara, Rensselaer, Genesee, Orleans, Greene, Oswego, Steuben, Putnam, Chautauqua, Ontario, Yates... We hold the world ransom for... ONE MILLION DOLLARS! – Dr. Evil It was reported that Attorney General Letitia James pulled the plug on her failing gubernatorial campaign after failing to hit a $5 million fundraising ultimatum set by Democratic leaders in her Brooklyn hometown. According to sources, she was told she needed to have $5 million in the bank by January or otherwise “we’re going with Hochul.” She could only raise a mere fraction of that. While we are on the subject of $5 million, in case you missed it, the Joint Commission of Public Ethics (JCOPE) reported on Tuesday that it will require former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to forfeit the $5.1 million profit from his memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.” Cuomo has 30 days to turn over the money to state Attorney General Letitia James' office. Wow, she’s short $5 million and he now has to give her $5 million - things that make you go hmmmm… However, to be fair, the A.G.’s office yesterday told JCOPE to go back and finish their homework, stating “‘there are procedural steps that the commission must take before the (attorney general's) Civil Recoveries Bureau can take any action” including “that the referral needs to made after a ‘substantial basis investigation report’ had been completed and detailed any violations of state Public Officers Law. Those findings also need to specify the sums of money attributable to any penalties and the details of disgorgement.” JCOPE must be going “bat-shit crazy” about now, but I’m sure they’ll eventually work it out in the end. Quote of the Week - I I think if I talk about my executive experience, my common-sense approach to governing, showing I can do it, then I'll win this race. It's going to require me to raise a lot of money and build a coalition, but I'm staying in the race. - Congressman Tom Suozzi on his chances of receiving the gubernatorial Democratic nomination next June with Attorney General James out of the race. Quote of the Week - II He’s like the Charlie in Charlie’s Angels but it’s like Suozzi’s Angels. If he’s voting with the Squad 92-94 percent of the time, he is not just going on Morning Joe … this is actually voting for these destructive policies. - Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Andrew Giuliani after it was revealed that the voting record of Congressman Suozzi - who once boasted about wanting to join Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” in Congress - aligned with Ocasio-Cortez’s on 92 percent of issues. These included standing against bills to allow U.S. authorities to deny entry to immigrants suspected of gang activity and upping penalties for those who reenter the United States if they have been convicted of certain crimes. Translation – the Republicans would love to have Suozzi as an opponent next year. Quote of the Week – III It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city … come(s) to an end. It comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement, more aggressive with the changes in our policies and less tolerant of all the bullshit that destroyed our city. Who are you, and what have you done with Mayor Breed? Context - San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who in February proposed defunding her police department by $120 million, has done an about-face and now wants to significantly boost the police presence as part of a public safety blitz. On Tuesday, she called for increased funding for police overtime to help pay for initiatives that include tackling the resale of stolen goods, a spike in gun violence and a surge in widespread drug dealing. Major retail chains are leaving San Francisco because of the frequency of shoplifting and of mass looting events. Now, if they can get the district attorney to actually prosecute someone, then they might make some headway. You can make all of the arrests in the world, but if you have a D.A. who refuses to prosecute and/or judges who set people free without consequences, then, my friends, we have the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Observation When news broke that Nassau County Police Department Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell was going to be the next NYPD Commissioner, I was standing among the union leadership of the several unions that represent the men and women of the Nassau County PD. They extolled her leadership qualities and overall character. Having never met her, I can only wish her good luck taking over the helm of the good ship NYPD. Her success in leading that organization trickles down to what we do every day since nearly every police reform initiative that we have seen these last few years has originated out of some real, or most often imagined, injustice involving the NYPD. She has already stated she supports changes to the bail reform laws to give judges more power to detail arrestees. Defund the NFL It was reported this week that the National Football League’s “Inspire Change” program is funding groups that openly advocate for the "defunding of the police" or abolishing police altogether. They include the Vera Institute of Justice, the Oregon Justice Resource Center and the Community Justice Exchange and their views on the subject are summarized as follows: · The Community Justice Exchange states that it is "working towards a world without prisons, policing, prosecution, surveillance or any form of detention or supervision.” They also want to end immigration enforcement. · The Oregon Justice Resource Center was blunt on its thoughts on law enforcement and prisons - "We must dismantle/defund it all." · The New York-based Vera Institute of Justice is unapologetic in its support for defunding the police. Says the group’s President Nicholas Turner, "Vera is committed to dismantling the current culture of policing and working toward solutions that defund police and shift power to communities." An NFL spokesman released a statement which said, in part, "We stand by the work our grant partners have done and the lasting positive impact made in communities across the country." As Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, I decided to use our national platform and respond to this all-to-familiar pattern of “police bashing” supported by both celebrities and athletes. Farewell NYSP Superintendent Kevin Bruen reported on Wednesday via email that longtime Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent Olga Cordi will be retiring at the end of the month. Based on my interactions with Olga for the better part of 16 years, I can attest that although her position will be filled, she cannot be - and will never be - replaced. I wish her a happy and much-deserved retirement on behalf of the entire NYSTPBA membership and I truly thank her for the strong relationship that she helped foster between the Superintendent’s Office and the leadership of the NYSTPBA. This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at email@example.com.
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