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In the words of Oscar Wilde, "all at once, summer collapsed into
fall”, as summer 2018 abruptly ends. Many of us escaped from NLPD
-a place that notoriously produces stress- to relax, drink triple, see
double and act single enjoying vacation moments and recharging the energy
while dreaming of never ending summers.
We extend our thanks and appreciation to our friends at Cross Sound Ferry
for providing our members with pairs of Block Island Express tickets.
Our men and women put them to good use boosting the local economy at several
"BI" landmarks including: Ballard's, McGovern's, Captain Nicks
and Trader Vic's. Thanks CSF.
National Night Out at Ocean Beach was a huge success with over 1,500 kids
in attendance. Max Bertsch once again put on a great show. Josh Malaro
was the rock star of the evening using his expert skills making balloon
animals that awed the kids with an endless line the entire night. Many
of our members gave up their personal time to attend and help. Local 724
also donated brand new bikes to four lucky kids who had winning tickets.
London is a regional hub for most social services and a magnet for people
with problems- many of whom are homeless, transients or new to the city
in search of shelter having been just released from prison or discharged
from area substance abuse programs. These social ills demand huge amounts
of city public safety services. Since January 1st of this year police
and fire services have responded to over 60 drug overdoses, 400 psychological
crisis intervention calls and 210 intoxicated person calls and the year
is slightly half over. Each of these calls tie up both manpower and equipment
straining our grossly underfunded city services. This illustrates another
reason why regional and high demand city based non profits should contribute
funding to New London to offset some of the skyrocketing emergency services
costs placed upon us.
Speaking of police manpower issues since January we have had to fill over
900 vacant patrol shifts or almost 7,400 man hours. This number does not
include unique all hands staffing demands for Sailfest, POTUS/VPOTUS Coast
Guard graduation, daily roadway construction projects, summer Ocean Beach
assignments or DUI/Traffic enforcement grant assignments. Just because
we are short staffed doesn't mean we get less calls for services it just
means more work for fewer officers
enforcement data from nationwide surveys indicate that officers frequently
suffer from high levels of fatigue due to lack of sleep, unusual shift
schedules, and long hours awake. Research confirms that fatigue impairs
a person’s mental functioning, especially in areas such as decision
making, reaction time, and memory. Commuting, family obligations, shift
work, overtime and extra jobs are all significant contributors to police
fatigue. Officers who have been awake for 18 hours are in a state equivalent
to a .05 blood alcohol content, and on three hours of sleep, they are
equal to being impaired by alcohol. The study concluded Law enforcement
as a whole is in denial in reference to officer fatigue problems.
Many in the community including elected officials have absolutely no idea
how busy we are or the number of demands placed upon our agency on a daily
basis. With an already unsustainable operating budget, city councilors
who prefaced their budget cuts by how much they support public safety
then slashed an additional $280,000 plus refused to purchase any new police
cars for our rag tag fleet of broken down and high mileage vehicles. These
cuts leave us scratching our heads wondering how are we supposed to continue
operating with no money.
former commanding officer once said, "We need a body in the street
before the public will take notice to our problem". Maybe that statement
is true but this forum has provided a monthly insight to our challenges
for the last several years and nobody can say they didn't know, they just
chose not to care unless and until the lack of police services personally
What is for certain, if even one dollar is cut from the BOE budget irate
parents will fill city hall screaming that any the budget cuts not only
be rescinded but more money be added because after all "it's for
the children". So while the police department struggles and endless
DPW cuts have left the city filthy councilors prepare to throw $150 million
more to the BOE for new schools thinking more money will somehow solve
miserable school mastery test scores and chronic truancy problems.
mid August primary results gave the nod to Madison Republican Bob Stefanowski
and Greenwich Democrat Ned Lamont in the race for our next governor.
Bob Stefanowski a political neophyte is a the former UBS Investment Bank
chief financial officer whose disinterest in politics was measured in
his failure to vote for 16 years, not bothering to choose in 2016 between
Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton, had to overcome skepticism over his
income-tax promise, spotty voting records and an unexplained nine-month
dalliance as a Democrat that ended only a year ago.
Stefanowski's promises are short on detail include ripping costs from
state government, make its income tax disappear over eight years and putting
Connecticut’s families first, not the special interests in Hartford.
Some of his plans include: Review every department and agency for waste,
fraud and abuse. Reward whistleblower protection, employees with cost
savings ideas. Contract out public services to the private sector starting
with DMV. Consider more public-private partnerships to share costs of
aging infrastructure and reduce SEBAC lower staff via attrition, defined
contribution plan for non vested employees, "revisit" overall
Ned Lamont the perennial candidate had more money and huge get-out-the-vote
support this year from major labor unions including AFSCME Council 4,
AFL-CIO, SEIU District 1199 New England and the American Federation of
has called for tightening existing gun laws, a $15-an-hour minimum wage,
more funding for local education, electronic tolls for heavy trucks, supports
the special transportation fund lockbox amendment to invest in infrastructure
improvements, paid family and medical leave, and provide the first two
years of any public college or university tuition-free to in-state students
who commit to living and working in Connecticut for a period of time after
To his credit he often speaks about being an outsider and about how the
"political class" has failed taxpayers and state employees.
Lamont if elected has stated this will not be Dan Malloy's third term,
he is right because Ned Lamont makes Dan Malloy look like a moderate.
Lamont in his primary victory speech claimed we're going in the wrong
direction with what's going on in Washington, D.C., right now. We're going
to start going in the right direction here in Connecticut vowing to keep
Connecticut blue and to "save Connecticut" from the policies
of President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans. Connecticut voters
already fed up with a broken state economy and Washington politics want
to hear Lamont name call, attack Republicans in general and resist Trump
in particular as his platform to fix the state. People just want to hear
what real solutions are being offered to fix our very real problems here
SEBAC gave concessions in 2009, 2011 and 2017 the most recent resulted
in a two year $1.5 billion state savings. "We’ve stepped up
and stepped up and stepped up,” said Jody Barr, executive director
of Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Employees. “Someone else step up.” With the concession deal
was a no lay-off clause through 2022 and employee benefits extended thru
2027. Nether Lamont or Stefanowski has any leverage to force SEBAC back
to the table.
Many union workers have been traditional Democratic voters who are most
interested in bread and butter issues of better jobs, stronger economy
and lower taxes have grown tired of countless social justice warrior causes
have begun to leave the party or as they say the Democratic party left
them and will vote Republican. Voters want change in Hartford this year
and that is exactly what each of these candidates bring. Questions are,
what kind of change do they want and what will they get?
Most recent Quinnipiac poll has Lamont with an almost insurmountable 13
point lead over Stefanowski. With this state so heavily Democratic the
only way Ned Lamont looses is if he is caught with a young boy or dead
Organized Labor takes to the streets of New London on Wednesday September
12th at 5 pm outside the Garde Arts Center prior to the televised gubernatorial
debate between Lamont and Stefanowski. Union members from across the state
fighting for the middle class will show their support for Ned Lamont.
This rally which promises to be bigger, bolder and more exciting this
year has become synonymous with statewide elections. Everyone is invited
to come out and see democracy in action.
Another note of progressive hypocrisy this month involves outgoing Governor
Dan Malloy when in 2015 he enacted a series of criminal catch and release
initiatives disguised as criminal justice reforms explaining then, "Today,
criminal justice too often means life-long punishment and a permanent
stigma… Make no mistake, a crime’s a crime, and offenders
should be held accountable, and there should be punishment…But that
punishment can effectively last a lifetime". Malloy's intention must
have been redemption only giving street criminals a second chance to offend
again because his words could not ring any more hollow having none of
his second chance society compassion and redemption for white collar criminals
like fellow Democrat and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim whom he loathes for
even the thought of daring to replace him as governor.
Back in Washington our talking mannequin Senator Dick Blumenthal always
in search of the next TV camera armed with a bunch meaningless syllables
put together in ways that happen to make words while in search of a thought,
has enthusiastically announced he FOI'd a mountain of documents trying
to find a gotcha issue to derail Republican Supreme Court nominee Brett
Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh's impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications while
sitting on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit scares Blumenthal and other Democrats who prefer a liberal activist
judge to decide cases on personal opinion, rather than on existing law.
between Blumenthal's important ribbon cutting ceremonies, interloper of
anyone else's news conference, self appointed national consumer advocate,
member of the Team RESIST Trump movement, and proposing absolutely meaningless
legislation for everything deemed wrong in the world uses his remaining
time as a useful idiot shilling the National Democratic Party's daily
talking points making him Connecticut's favorite dick.
As mid-term election season shifts into overdrive the Democratic party
had been completely hijacked by the far left progressives its socialist
darlings like Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California,
Corey Booker of New Jersey and New York Congressional candidate Alexandria
Ocasio-Ortez who's agenda of free everything for everybody rings louder
every day. But nothing is really free and they routinely fail to mention
how to pay for it.
According to a recent study by the non partisan Congressional Budget Office
found their ambitious socialist platform of Medicare-for-all, free college
for all and government guaranteed jobs program would increase government
spending by $42.5 trillion over the next decade before rising to over
$218 trillion over the next 30 years. In order to pay for this Washington
would have to implement a 37% increase on the current 15.3 percent payroll
tax, an 87 % national sales tax on all goods and services and 100 percent
corporate tax. Just imagine buying a $35,000 car and then having to pay
another $30,000 in national sales tax.
That's what would be required just to cover this new socialist spending
and not even address the current $12 trillion deficit. Paying down the
current federal deficit would require an additional 15% increase on all
existing income taxes. None of these new taxes would includes state and
local taxes for our own budget mess right here in Connecticut or New London.
the words of former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, "The
problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's
money.” Maybe, just maybe if people were hungry for the facts instead
of hypnotized by the socialist promises of "free" they would
realize socialism doesn't work with an unblemished history of failure
around the world.
update was prepared on the back of coconut shells under a pirate flag
with drinks in the blender while enjoying changes in latitude and attitude
with nowhere to go, nowhere to be, on island time enjoying a much deserved
no shirt, no shoes, flip flop summer vacation. Thanks to my castaway friend
Wilson who forwarded this dispatch to our web master for a timely post.
Good news from City hall recently with the swearing in of former New Haven
Officer Stephen Perry and former Hartford officer Juan Cruz as the newest
members of NLPD. Additionally Ryan Griffin was promoted to detective
returning the detective division to its six-person capacity and bringing
the force to 70 officers.
A full complement of detectives now allows us to temporarily assign younger
officers as Investigators to the bureau expanding officer training and
an Investigative Services manpower multiplier. All are welcomed new developments.
More good news is anticipated with continued hiring and promotions expected
within the next 6-12 months from pending retirements. Thank you to Mike
Passero, Steve Fields and Pete Richard for working with Union leadership
to move forward with these new hires.
also made a personal stop during Sailfest Saturday roll call to personally
thank every officer present for their continued hard work and spoke of
his intentions to improve upon personal relations and working conditions
with our officers. Our desire is to synergize this good will with continued
meetings with Mike and Steve for problem solving and solution implementing
throughout 2018-and 19 for continuing improvements at the police department.
Special thanks to Sgt. Max Bertsch, NLPD's own pied piper when it comes
to school children. Max recently hosted a very successful middle school
fishing trip and is once again organizing NLPD's annual National Night
Out at Ocean Beach on August 7th.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes
police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring
places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between school
children and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community
under positive circumstances. There is a lot of planning and logistics
that goes into making this event a success, all of which he does on his
Well done Max and our many officers who volunteer their night off to help
ensure a great time is had by the kids. Well done everybody!
With recent news of recent closing and potential selling of the Crystal
Ave high rises for future business development, $15 million in new money
to renovate State Pier, and serious talks of off shore power generation
based out of New London has sparked renewed interest in potential development
ideas which could result in a major turn of events in New London's future.
we can be guilty at times of a twisted sense of humor and never at a loss
to make fun of ourselves at our own expense, Local 724's men and women
as a group are the hardest working police officers in Southeastern Connecticut-period!.
Despite our numerous daily challenges to working conditions they continue
to rise to the occasion dealing with the sheer number and severity of
police calls for services every day. All are commended and thanked for
their hard work and dedication of honoring the oath to protect and serve.
residents are registering to vote at an unprecedented rate in a non-presidential
election cycle, indicating increased interest in politics since President
Donald Trump won the White House, analysts say. According to data from
the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, from the 2016 election
through June of this year, 81,908 new voters registered as Democrats,
compared to 43,390 who registered as Republicans. Including those who
signed up as unaffiliated and for other, smaller parties, a total of 275,114
people have signed up to vote in Connecticut since the 2016 presidential
election. Some attribute the spike in Democrat registration to anti the
Trump movement while others suggest the Republican increase is related
to the anti Malloy governor's race.
Two Democrats and five Republican candidates are seeking their nominations
for governor of Connecticut in the August 14 primary. Many state voters
seem disinterested and turned off to local politics in general and especially
with the choices offered for governor this year.
Democrats have two candidates running for governor. Greenwich businessman
Ned Lamont has emphasized economic policy in his campaign with job-creation,
education, and infrastructure policy proposals. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim
refers to his arrest and incarceration on federal extortion, bribery,
and racketeering charges following his fifth mayoral term and his subsequent
election to a sixth term as an inspiration for his run. Ganim's platform
emphasizes development of the state's cities and education, arguing that
"we can’t tax or cut our way out of the state’s fiscal
mess. We need to create jobs and get our economy going. "
Joe Ganim is an impressive gritty get things done kind of city politician
with street cred and seemingly well liked by voters in Bridgeport despite
serving seven years in prison for sixteen convictions on public corruption
charges. Joe Ganim may be reformed. “Every saint has a past and
every sinner has a future,” he said at a recent debate. But conventional
wisdom suggests Connecticut voters are not ready to elect a convicted
felon to the state's highest office.
Ned Lamont is farther to the left than Dan Malloy on most public policy
issues that should appease even the fringe leftists of the party. However
there is one issue that gives Lamont the edge with public employees -
his pledge to honor union contracts, collective bargaining and binding
Republican politicians include Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton who is running
on a promise of a new direction for the state calling for increased investment
in education and an emphasis on economic growth and a plan to phase out
the state income tax. While Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst's platform
includes the repeal of the state's income tax for those making $75,000
or less annually, support for the state's defense industry, and public
Rounding out the field are three businessmen with no political experience.
Westport businessman Steve Obsitnik emphasizes his status as a political
outsider and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, promising "bold ideas, an
entrepreneurial mentality and true leadership promises to add 300,000
jobs in eight years and a nearly $100 billion infrastructure spending
plan which would store funds in a lockbox as well as increased funding
for opioid recovery.
Madison businessman Bob Stefanowski, a retired GE executive also touts
his outsider status and business experience with an economic zero-based
budgeting recovery plan as well as privatization of the Department of
Motor Vehicles. David Stemerman ran a $1.6 billion hedge fund manager
for Conatus Capital Management LP, his platform points to policies which
he argues other states have adopted successfully in the past suggesting
tax and regulatory structure changes, priority-based budgeting, calls
for changes to the state's pension structure and increased investment
Like most elections it comes down to personal bread and butter issues
for most voters. Public employees are a large middle class voting bloc
who can turn out the vote so the candidate who supports our working families
will be the probable victor.
All the Republican playbooks include immediately renegotiate or legislate
changes to the state (SEBAC) labor contracts which are in place until
2027 to force employees and retirees to accept smaller pensions with higher
contributions which is the latest sign of the Connecticut Republican Party’s
engaging public-sector unions in open warfare.
are committed to cutting pensions, wages, benefits and working conditions
and eliminate them from future collective bargaining of our middle class
working families. These employees had nothing to do with both Democrat
and Republican politicians intentional failure to properly fund pensions
for the last 40 years. Any cuts to state employees would immediately have
an equal or greater impact on municipal workers also. That issue alone
makes it extremely difficult for any public employee union to support
Republicans, for if they do so it remains at their own peril.
Why Political Action
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.
724 gets recognized on the national level!
On January 28, 2011 at
the Council 4 Campaign for the Middle Class Seminar in Meriden The American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO
thanked the New London Police Union- Local 724 for their efforts in the
Labor 2010 campaign.
Lee Saunders, International Secretary-Treasurer and AFSCME Council 4's
Sal Luciano who is also an International Vice President honored Local
724 with a certificate "In recognition of their tireless work and
commitment during the 2010 State of Connecticut general elections".
To this day labor leaders throughout the state continue to praise our
Malloy/Wyman Pre-Debate Rally as a new benchmark of what local labor can
achieve when committed to a goal.
Chuck Flynn was honored to accept the award on behalf of our entire membership
which will hang proudly in the 724 "Hall of Justice". I want
to personally thank everyone that participated in some way no matter how
big or small. Our election success was due to the collective efforts of
our TEAM-Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
724 helps East Lyme fight the cause
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Political Director C Flynn
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