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AUGUST UPDATE


This 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.
Mike 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 own time.
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.
While 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.

Connecticut 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. "
While 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 arbitration decisions.
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 safety initiatives.
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 in infrastructure.
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.
Republicans 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.

 

 

JULY UPDATE



July is here, fire up the grills as our patriotic hearts beat red white and blue! It also means another lost July weekend ordered in for Sailfest- our annual manpower crucible with unprecedented demands on emergency services that nobody inside the agency looks forward to. While trying to secure Sailfest mutual aid the State Police declined our request but offered to send Troopers if we choose to hire them at their prevailing contract overtime rates. Less personnel only means more work for us.

Why do we still allow Sailfest? Maybe those hard questions will be asked after a Sailfest tragedy occurs. Rather than dwell on Sailfest negativity we shall remain optimistic because as certain as the sun will rise over the residual festival street garbage the following Monday morning our officers will find new pep in their step having just earned their new annual leave time for well deserved vacations. Bon voyage everyone!

Local 724 is once again conducting its annual telephone fundraiser campaign. By supporting the police union you are supporting some of the hardest working men and women in New London - dedicated to making a difference for the residents and visitors to the city. Much of the proceeds are given back to the community helping civic organizations and off setting some business costs that include our web site operations.
We greatly appreciate the many readers just like you who generously give every year. However since our campaign only calls hard line numbers since many homes today only have cell phones which limits our reach. So if any of our many loyal readers who appreciate this web page are interested in supporting our organization please consider a contribution with a check payable to the "New London Police Union", PO Box 135, New London, CT. 06320. Thank You!

Our web page allows readers an unusual peak behind the curtain on issues and concerns to our members. Sometimes tongue and cheek other times tough and serious but always insightful highlighting our challenges, including some stranger than fiction obstacles life can throw at us in our work place as well as celebrate our hard working member accomplishments.

Speaking of accomplishments, Detectives have diligently solved five murders in the last 8 months with four arrests and actively look for 18 year old fugitive Jamir Johnson responsible for the December 2017 Orchard Street murder of Quvonte Andre Gray, 21, Vice Investigators have made significant drug and gun arrests while patrol officers have been very busy with daily calls for service including notable arrests for domestic violence assaults, street crimes and most recently solved a violent carjacking case. All are unsung heroes quietly fighting crime everyday keeping New London citizens and visitors safe.

As vocal advocates on behalf of our members we can be loud and persistent on issues important to us but it's business and never personal. Some believe we only bash politicians when in fact we are just as quick to praise. We want to thank the Mayor's office as well as our public safety administrators for their diligent efforts recently securing almost $760,000 in state funding to upgrade and improve our Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management Systems. This desperately needed upgrade will allow for interoperability with Waterford preparing for the next phase of a Regional 911 System. Our current system CAD is almost 23 years old and long past it's useful life.
As New London continues to stumble over itself with deplorable city services, recall if you will councilors caving in to the most recent BOE cries for more money because "it's for the children" by throwing an additional $1 million for the 2018-19 budget at the expense of the municipal services. As the 17-18 fiscal year comes to an end the BOE and councilors are eerily quiet about the $800,000 surplus the BOE is sitting on. Hey! Over here….we could hire 8-9 cops with that money!
These same councilors who can't find solutions to existing problems go out and cause more problems wasting an unprecedented amount of time and effort forcing on us a solution in search of a problem that didn’t exist created by activists pushing a feel good resolution for illegal immigrants.

Fact is they wanted an ordinance and don't expect them to settle for anything less. For those who think passing this resolution ends the issue, you are mistaken - it only established a foot hold for their next fight. A quick look at ACLU's People Power web page is chock full of hard left tilt activist issues focused on grass roots activism with the main objective being - resist Donald Trump and his policies.
These activists follow Saul Alinsky's 12 Rules for Radicals to push their social class warfare goals on everyone else. Rule 8 states: "Keep the pressure on, Never let up". Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

Also passed by Council that night was an illegal dirt bike ordinance and finished with a bum rush to try and pass the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) garbage proposal until met by almost universal disapproval by residents. Councilors tried to mimic the infamous Nancy Pelosi quote on Affordable Care Act "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" never rang truer with this Council
Even more troubling with PAYT - while still a proposal - was already adopted into the budget with implementation scheduled for July 1, which meant the public be damned. PAYT has a poor track record of success in other municipalities but nobody can screw up an idea better than New London.

Local 724 has recently held several meetings with City Hall officials involving direct and blunt discussions on contemporary issues facing our men and women. Updates were provided on headquarters water leak remediation efforts and highlighted future repair objectives for the shift commander and captain's offices and other building renovation plans. Other meetings discussed our continued staffing problems in patrol, detective and sergeant ranks.
Our goal is and remains to maintain vital police services while committed to ensuring our political leaders deal with our workers fairly. This commitment has resulted in a better understanding of the problems and more importantly continuing discussions exploring amicable incremental ideas on how to best move forward - together.

A recent article in CT Mirror highlighted the struggles facing distressed cities vs. wealthy suburbs where suburban spending much more on government services measured per capita is grossly higher in suburbs than the cites that is seriously affecting basic city government services. For example New London pays $1,308 in Connecticut per capita income tax the lowest in New London County and 5th from the bottom in the state behind New Britain, Hartford, Waterbury and Bridgeport.
The state PILOT fund when enacted in 1935 was meant to provide 45 percent of grand list tax payments for exempt state properties. This past fiscal year cities and towns received $50.3 million or just 14 percent of the $356.2 million they couldn't collect. Likewise the PILOT funding designed to replace 77 percent of taxes lost on colleges and hospitals was cut as well when the state dispersed $98 million or 23 percent of the $432 million lost in tax revenue . Conclusion- had the state paid the 45% and 77% respectively as intended most distressed municipalities would be able to overcome many of the revenue problems they now face.

So the PILOT program is in shambles, state pension funding ignored for decades, the special transportation fund just about insolvent, education grants diminished, anticipated tax revenues grossly overestimated and spending money they don't have, all have one thing in common - single handedly screwed up by the general assembly who have passed the blame on everyone but themselves with no meaningful solutions insight.

New London County residents were able to see what evil looks like with the recent arrest and arraignment of Sergio Javony Correa for the triple murders of a Griswold family in December of 2017 just three months after released from prison for a prior robbery conviction. Correa had been sentenced to what is known as a split sentence of 20 years in prison, suspended after 10 years served, followed by three years of probation. In reality Correa got out a year early having earned a year of "risk reduction earned credits" and in addition during his three years of probation, only five months were actually supervised. Had he served his full sentence these murders would not have occurred.

This is just the latest example of Governor Malloy's failed second chance program with early release of convicts who pose a danger to society. In the six years of the risk reduction program Department of Correction records revealed of the first year group of 8,727 discharges with risk reduction credits, there were 8,351 “readmissions” to prison for various crimes – a whopping 95.69 percent re-incarceration rate.
Even more troubling - early release convicts during the 72 months since inception the following serious crimes were committed resulting in “readmission” to Connecticut prisons once again for crimes that included: 119 murders, 154 rapes, 24 acts of arson, 1,916 assaults, 1,988 acts of burglary or robbery, 63 kidnappings and 1,542 drug related crimes.
All crimes that never should have happened where good intentions are more important than good results. Perhaps with a workable death penalty we could ensure theses faces of evil never harm another person. We are hopeful State Representative Kevin Skulczyck (R-Griswold) and State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) and other local officials that have called for an immediate review of this program by stop believing only a vocal minority of activists speaks for all can, listen to the will of the majority of Connecticut constituents and insist a large dose of common sense be a final product of this review.

 

 

 

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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.

   

Local 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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