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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..
a well deserved long spring vacation to Red Sox Nation's spring training
President Lynch returned to work, allowing VP Flynn to transfer the presidential
powers back to Lynch. During Lynch's "incapacity" while frolicking
around southwest Florida things remained relatively quiet at NLPD. We
welcome him back fully recharged like the Energized Bunny, ready to continue
the fight on behalf of our members.
the transfer of power now complete VP Flynn is enjoying his gotta go where
it's warm, eight day junket through the Florida Keys on a fact finding
tour. His agenda to determine if indecision may or may not be a problem
includes; finding exactly where it's five o'clock somewhere is, prove
no shirt and no shoes is really no problem, meeting with local residents
on establishing where the best sunset views are, visiting Blue Chair Bay
to sample local indigenous adult beverages and when everything gets hotter
when the sun goes down to find out just what would Jimmy Buffett do.
to our newest city councilor Earl J. Wilson who was appointed to fill
the vacant seat created by the resignation of Anthony Nolan. Councilor
Wilson is a retired federally certified police officer who worked for
the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation where he focused on correctional,
juvenile and truancy issues. We look forward to working with him on our
public safety concerns.
Union leadership thanks the City administration including: Pete Richard,
Steve Fields, Paul Gills, Raquel Perkins and especially Mayor Mike Passero
for their concerns and assistance in the handling of pending disability
retirements on May 1, 2019 for Sergeant Kristy Christina and Officer Patty
Kehler. Each sustained significant injuries in the line of duty and not
able to return to full duty.
Both are loyal, faithful and dedicated police officers who loved their
job serving the people of New London. Every day we walk the thin blue
line protecting the public from chaos. We realize that at any given time
it could be our last shift but it doesn't stop us from our sworn duty
to protect and serve. The assistance provided by City officials in this
matter is deeply appreciated by all Union members.
Speaking of retirements, FDNL Lieutenant and former Fire Union president
Rocco Basiica announced his retirement due work related injuries. He was
one of New London's bravest who loved his job and ran towards danger while
others run away. Rocco was a dedicated public servant and great union
advocate on behalf of his men and women members. Good Luck Rocco! We hope
health and happiness follows you. Remember- there is life after retirement
and it's BETTER!
lateral police officers are expected to be sworn in shortly as a new slot
for a rookie at the police academy waits to be filled. Our staffing numbers
on paper will reach 75 as we claw our way towards a goal of a minimum
80 police officers to comply with a city ordinance. We hope to get funding
in the new budget for 2-3 new officers.
NLPD takes possession of our newest K9 member in the next two weeks. The
Labrador Retriever will become a narcotics detection canine. We look forward
to him being very busy as he makes a point to meet and greet the many
drug dealers infesting the city.
the first quarter of 2019 comes to a close on March 31st, our stats and
projections reveal calls for services continue unabated with over: 146
crisis intervention calls, 216 responses to the Homeless Hospitality Center,
157 domestic violence incidents, 168 disturbances and 155 calls to L&M
Hospital to name just a few of the many daily demands placed upon us 24/7.
City budget workshops are in full swing with all department heads and
the finance director. Our police department operating budget seems ok
as of this writing, but that’s before the budget cutting begins
in earnest later in the process. Unfortunately the police fleet remains
another matter. Age, high mileage and lack of maintenance have contributed
to a rolling stock of unreliable police vehicles. There are days with
so many cruisers out of service we have at times had to use our "Tier
3" cars for patrol. Tier 3 are construction cars so worn out they
only idle with lights at construction sites and one step away from the
auto scrap yard.
of our "new" SUV's are approaching 90,000 plus miles while we
are the only area PD that continues to drive the ancient and worn out
Crown Victoria cruisers which Ford hasn't made since 2011. Chief Pete
Richard had asked for 6-7 seven new vehicles, but as of this writing has
only been approved for only three. Union leadership are dismayed the city
has ignored our suggestions of using a portion of private duty revenues
to replace and self sustain the police fleet.
City budget decision makers continue to ignore our pleas to update the
police fleet with not so much as a passing comment to our plight. We extend
an invitation to City Risk Manager Paul Gills to inspect our fleet and
these conditions. We are certain the City's insurance carrier CIRMA would
raise a few eyebrows not to mention policy rates if they realized what
we drive daily. Maybe a surprise DMV inspection would speed things up
seeing how many cruisers could be pulled off the road as unsafe.
New London official's explore plans to combine all or most city services
under one roof by renting new office space. Great idea! Current city buildings
and City Hall are decrepit and embarrassing. Shaw's Cove #6 has been mentioned
as a prospective building under consideration. Not sure on all the legalese
required for such a deal but it's not very often you get a complete do
over. New London here is your one chance to get it right-don't screw it
up! As Yogi Berra said, "When you come to a fork in the road take
Shaw's Cove is big, modern, centrally located building with flexible floor
plans and working elevators that is ADA compliant with plenty of off street
parking that meets today's needs and future needs as well. Don't blow
it - do the right thing!
news for New London when an Old Lyme Developer's conceptual plans to build
a massive mixed use building on Eugene O'Neil Drive came to light. The
plans - if they become reality - would dramatically change the landscape
downtown for the better.
The project would bring not construction and infrastructure improvements
but a huge influx of people, jobs and tax base back to the city's central
business district. All are desperately needed to become a better New London.
The project seems to be better thought out in many respects incorporating
well into surroundings contrary to the proposed Coast Guard Museum.
It appears too good to be true and that is and remains the New London
enigma. The multiple prior developer's ideas for New London that failed
to meet reality or expectations. We hope this time is different. This
project may be the bold transformational moment the City had been waiting
for nearly half a century.
London's newest State Representative Anthony Nolan has been assigned to
the Real Estate and Insurance Committee, Aging Committee, and Appropriations
Committee. We understand the state is broke but like any other legislative
session they will continue to spend money they don't have. So if they're
going to spend it anyway, we hope Anthony brings some of that state money
to the Whaling City.
tolls have taken front and center attention of most voters. Governor Lamont
insists these news revenues will be used to improve state highways and
infrastructure. Tolls are our new reality, but like every other Connecticut
tax it won't go to its intended purpose, instead revenues will go directly
to the general fund and be spent as they see fit by the legislature.
Anyone remember when Governor Grasso claimed the new state Lottery revenues
would go to fund education? Nope -General Fund got the money. How about
the Pequot Fund from casino revenues to benefit all cities and towns for
PILOT payments or tax relief? Nah- most goes to general fund with the
state diminishing or withholding payments last several years. How about
the Special Transportation Fund "lock box" to ensure new revenues
goes to infrastructure. Not quite - they simply don’t put money
in the fund so they can continue to spend as they see fit. Toll money
will come and it too will be pissed away.
Meanwhile our elected leaders under the gold dome in Hartford remain very
busy finding new ways to tax us, among them: 25 cent recycle fee on liquor
bottles, 10 cent fee on 50 milliliter "nip" bottles, 75% tax
on E-cigarettes, 10 cent tax plastic bags, 14 cents per gallon of heating
oil, 1.5 cent per ounce of sweetened drinks, raise tax bracket 1/2 percent
on couples making over $1 million, increase capital gains tax, increase
fuel taxes and they are now figuring out a way to tax electric vehicles.
the same time the state wants to have all local motor vehicle taxes sent
to the state where they will then disburse it back to municipalities -
as they see fit. This three card Monte scam is rigged in the state's favor,
siphoning off important local revenues that deservedly belong to cities
and towns. Look no further than the PILOT program to see how the state
take all that money and screw us.
Yet with all these new tax schemes not much discussion on cutting spending
especially all too many social programs. As we read this Hartford is full
of activists and lobbyists declaring new social issues- we didn't even
know existed as immediate crisis problems demanding our money. In the
words of Margret Thatcher, "socialists are happy until they run out
of other people's money". Will the last person leaving Connecticut
please turn the lights off.
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.
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