724 Political News
begin by extending our congratulations for all our personnel who recently
completed promotional testing for the ranks of Detective, Sergeant and
Lieutenant. Top finishers were: Larry Keating and Chuck Flynn for Lieutenant.
Josh Bergeson and Joe Pelchat for Sergeant with Matt Casssiere and Ryan
Griffin top place for Detective. These lists will be good for two years
and can be extended for another year at the discretion of the City.
sure as Lucy will pull the football out from Charlie Brown New London
doubles down wasting a state bond of $20 million to build a bridge from
the Water Street Parking Garage to Cross Sound Ferry in the hopes it just
might reinvigorate the flat fundraising efforts for the latest silver
bullet to save New London from itself with the long promised Coast Guard
Think for a moment what New London could have done with this $20 million. That same amount could have built a brand new state of the art 66,000 square foot police station and 911 center. Could have paid for 20 new police officers for the next 10 years. Could have repaved 222 lane miles of city streets. Purchased 10 new police cars a year for the next 40 years or 20 new fire trucks or rebuild City Hall for $8 then build a new fire station for $8 million, $2 million to add 50 parking spaces to the cramped police parking lot and still have $2 million for new fire trucks.
Unfortunately the politicians have screwed the taxpayers once again with another false promise that won't materialize except for the sole benefit of one business. One step forward two steps back continues to be the New London shuffle.
of politics, one observer once described it as the art of looking for
trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly,
and applying the wrong remedy has certainly been on display in New London.
Many voters including old guard south of the hospital New Londoners have
expressed their displeasure with the lack of any measurable direction
under Mayor Passero's leadership.
Throughout the city most streets are in disrepair, municipal services decrease each year with more employee layoffs in order to feed the BOE budget. The city is dirty with more homeless people than ever overwhelming city services. Our understaffed police are maxed out while the fire dept with a full complement of staffing each shift stands ready for more new hires thanks to the retired firefighter mayor. His new tact to pander for alt left votes from People Power progressives and Hispanic voters supporting his sanctuary city resolution. Here at dysfunction junction it’s just another normal day of chaos where left is right and what's up is down in the rabbit hole known as New London.
Did we mention at the recent council public safety committee meeting for a sanctuary city resolution calling for ignoring immigration laws to make illegal immigrants feel secure and welcomed when the incensed mayor suddenly called for a private meeting with the law director. Seems our mayor a self professed champion of public safety did not want our union executive board member filling in on behalf of the union president in uniform and on duty (with authorization from the Chief) when he came to speak on behalf of our union members. The mayor was pressing the law director to provide a reason - any reason - to remove our officer from the meeting.
Fortunately the law director reminded the mayor who is also attorney, that our union member had a First Amendment right to speak resulting in the mayor storming out of the private meeting. Troubling news since there have been other stories from our many sources also critical of the mayor becoming angry at anyone not in support of his ideas.
in 2015 Mike in campaign mode said he was tired of people saying New London
has the potential to be great, he pledged as mayor to actually make it
great but we have yet to see anything he has done to achieve any measureable
We disagree and look to John F. Kennedy's quote, "Our problems are manmade--therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable--and we believe they can do it again". Being optimistic maybe there is bright future for New London and it's just over the horizon along with some wishful thinking maybe Mike or the next mayor will be that guy who did it.
mayoral elections remain over 18 months away questions swirl on who will
be the next mayor. Republicans have a very qualified and personable everyman
Gordon Vidal on the bench but we don't believe he can overcome the Republican
label in this exclusively Democrat city to unseat an incumbent Democrat.
Green Party people will support their slate of progressive candidates
to further their liberal causes and be a vote spoiler.
A day in politics can be a lifetime. Many things can happen before election
day. We certainly hope Mayor Mike will become more tolerant and open in
his actions, actually back up his words and campaign promises with positive
actions with a turnaround of city misfortunes. If he gets back on track
with improving city services and bolstering the police department to improve
the crime rate luring business and people back his voter base will become
reenergized and solidify his position for re-election.
THE DECISIONS that a legislative body makes, whether it is a school board, city council, county board, state legislature, or the U.S. Congress, affect AFSCME members and their families in dramatic ways.
Elected officials vote on budgets that affect employee wages, benefits, working conditions and pensions. They vote on issues of particular concern to AFSCME members, like privatization, and they vote on broader issues of concern to all working families, such as health care reform and workers' compensation. That's why working people need to have allies among elected officials. And that's why working people need to work to elect these allies.
The Local 724 executive board has the collective responsibility to provide vision and direction for the local. It is up to the leadership team to look ahead, set goals and develop a plan to make strategic planning a critical element to having a strong union which can only come about when membership is informed, educated and active.
Unions can never hope to match the hundreds of millions of dollars big business pours into every election. But working people have superior numbers, so they can get out in the streets and work for candidates. And if members pool their cash, unions can help make sure that their endorsed candidates have enough funds to compete against business-backed opponents in the ever-more important media ad wars.
Through the political process we can be involved in setting important public policy. Through the political process public employees can elect representatives who are sensitive to maintaining vital public services and committed to dealing with workers fairly.
Local 724 accomplishes this through political action in conjunction with the exercise of collective bargaining process, growth and community involvement to produce a just and rewarding workplace.
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