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October 5th our understaffed men and women once again answered the challenge
on the front line between good and evil when they responded to a reported
stabbing on Brainard Street that became a murder investigation after the
victim died from horrific injuries. The suspect Christopher Petaway age
42, was apprehended on Bank Street Connector after an intense manhunt
throughout the central district of the City and charged with murder.
In that one afternoon we generated almost 140 man hours of police overtime
conducting the initial crime scene investigation. We send our appreciation
to State Police Major Crime Squad detectives who responded to process
the crime scene. It's not about the money rather to illustrate the amount
of effort required handling a single major crime. All of our officers,
investigators and detectives are commended for their dedication and commitment
contributing to a job well done resulting in a quick arrest.
again our personnel rose to the challenge despite our belief of public
indifference to police staffing and budget issues. Recently Day columnist
Mike DiMauro complained about a serious lack of police coverage relating
incident following a local football game when he wrote "if the
woefully understaffed police department doesn’t become the top priority
of our leadership — now — then our leadership knows nothing
of its city and its citizens. Nothing. Zero".
DiMauro hit upon a point we have been making for years in this blog -
nobody cares about the severe lack of police staffing until it directly
effects them. Reality is the incident and his column will quickly be forgotten
as if it never happened and our staffing problems will continue on. Maybe
and it's a big maybe - if enough people appeal directly, loudly and often
to city councilors and the Mayor's Office to increase police staffing
it might result in a police budget increase for new hires but we won't
be holding your breath.
Could it be that the community and their elected representatives actually
prefer police understaffing since it causes less police on the street
thus reducing police pro-activity against crime and arguably less people
from the community getting arrested rationalizing pro-active policing
inevitably feeds the prison pipeline. There are some activist throughout
the country who truly believe that to correct inequities within the criminal
justice system fuel the idea that there is minimal need for police in
poor communities. Sentencing reform, for example, is being lumped with
misguided efforts to pull police away from citizens trying to keep order
in their neighborhood. Fact is If there is no respect for order, there
will be disorder. If there is no respect for law, there will be lawlessness
to Sgt Max Bertsch who received the United States Attorney's Community
Policing Award for supporting the practice of community policing collaboration
to improve safety, build public trust and deepen understanding between
police and the communities they serve. For several years Max has organized
multiple city events for school children including; National Night Out
at Ocean Beach, Halloween Town on Waterfront Park, and the annual Fishing
Contest on City Pier. He is recognized as an excellent example of the
best in community policing and community relations. Well done and well
Congratulations also in order to Officer Josh Malaro selected as the newest
School Resource Officer, to Sergeant Brian Laurie who has been assigned
as the next Detective Sergeant replacing Neil Rodgers who returns to patrol
after a two year stint with Investigative Services and to Captain Todd
Bergeson and Chief Pete Richard representing NLPD in a recent law enforcement
conference held at the White House.
recent expansion of the PD parking lot by 24 additional spaces was completed.
Colona Concrete employees worked long hours over several weeks to give
us a great final product. However in true New London fashion where progress
is measured by one step forward and two steps back, the administration
decided to reserve and designate 20 exclusive parking spaces closest to
the building for cruisers and personnel with assigned city vehicles while
everyone else MUST ground pound from the furthest reaches
of the parking lot which appears to negate the lot's new improvements
and most certainly pissed off police personnel.
Now that summer is over and cold weather has returned it makes perfect
sense to start the next big project of replacing the PD boilers. At the
same time two other jobs have screeched to a halt- the remodeling of the
former shift commander's office and patrol captain office have remain
gutted for months due to water damage last spring and safety improvements
in the prisoner processing area remains incomplete.
our setbacks within the building a shout out to Mayor Mike Passero and
DPW is in order staff for visible improvements happening throughout the
city, in particular the many new sidewalks, crosswalks, curbing and repaved
streets. This along with recent news of potential devolvement projects
considered for State Pier, Crystal Ave, Howard Street, Ft Trumbull neighborhood,
a new potential Cumberland Farms store on upper Bank Street, renovations
underway for a new tenant at the former Rite Aid Pharmacy on Broad Street
and planned meeting with prospective developers to sell the city. Maybe
2018 is the year New London really turns the corner on urban renewal from
potential to reality.
After the state bailed out the City of Hartford debt to the tune of $530
million over 30 years. The Malloy administration created the Municipal
Accountability Review Board, an early intervention program to identify
communities at risk before fiscal insolvency is imminent. The board employs
a four-tiered system for ranking communities with problems. No city or
town currently is classified at Tier 4, which is the worst ranking and
typically involves a community already in default on certain payments.
But there are two municipalities — Hartford and West Haven —
classified as Tier 3, which reflects significant fiscal distress, according
to the state Office of Policy and Management. A preliminary projection
also lists Bridgeport and New Britain as having the potential to reach
Tier 3 status. Surprisingly New London is listed as a Non Tiered Municipality.
Veteran municipal finance directors across Connecticut will tell you that
a municipality’s fund balance should be in the range of 12 to 15
percent of the town’s previous operating budget, with some flexibility
depending on the size of the community. New London has a 5.21% fund balance,
surrounding area towns fund balances included: East Lyme 7.99%, Waterford
12.9%, Groton 10.6%, Montville 15.82% and Norwich 11.3%.
The New London Democratic Town Committee is hosting "Meet the Candidates
2018 - Get Out the Vote Dinner" on Friday November 2, 2018 at the
Italian Dramatic Club, 79 Goshen Ave. New London. Cocktails at 5:30 pm
Dinner/Program 6:00 pm. Master of Ceremonies is none other than Mr. New
London himself, Jay Levin. Tickets are $40. Contact Catherine Foley at
Day is upon us. Our Connecticut budget is a mess ranked 49th worst in
the nation and polar opposite gubernatorial candidates are our only choices
as we face another $2 billion budget shortfall next year. We must choose
between more taxes and expanding government or less taxes and shrinking
government from three rich businessmen Ned Lamont, Bob Stefanowski and
Oz Griebel who all claim not to be politicians suggesting they have the
right solutions to fix this. Ned Lamont enjoys a slight lead on what is
almost a dead heat with Stefanowski from current polling with Griebel
trailing with only 8% popularity. All offer promises that they can turn
the state economy around and lower taxes yet both remain woefully short
on details other than to say you have to believe in me.
has contributed over $12.1 million of his own money into his campaign
while Stefanowski has put up $3 million of his money to be governor, a
job that only pays $150,000 per year. If that wasn't enough, the paralyzing
political mess in Washington means your vote matters now more than ever.
The problem with solving the budget problems by our wannabe governors
is al insist on more employee concessions at the expense of middle class
families is that any potential savings realized will be quickly spent
by the General Assembly on their pet projects due to their incurable addiction
to spending our money.
And Connecticut's junior Senator Chris Murphy is up for re-election this
year. Murphy has distinguished himself as tied with Chuck Schumer and
Brian Schatz as the most liberal senators in Congress with a composite
score of 89.5 out of 100. Murphy voted against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme
Court, believes chain migration is a made up term, favors citizenship
for illegal aliens, opposes stronger rights on gun ownership, higher taxes
on the wealthy, opposed nomination of Mike Pompeo for Director of CIA
and Secretary of State as well as many other Trump Cabinet appointments.
If you are tired of Murphy's progressive tilt on every issue then vote
for his Republican challenger Matt Corey.
Corey is a window washer, bar owner and everyday working class guy with
moderate conservative views. While suffering with, little campaign money,
no statewide name recognition and little help from the state Republican
Central Committee he is at least a Murphy NO vote for those middle of
the road viewpoints that at times are excluded from debates.
you support Republicans and conservative ideas like: against illegal immigration,
against open borders, oppose fake news, favor less regulations, support
equal opportunity, the Bill of Rights and due process, support lower taxes,
low unemployment, high GDP, fair trade agreements and a supreme court
that decides issues based on our constitutional foundations and case precedent
and lastly believe that conservatives in general - Donald Trump in particular
have helped the country prosper these last two years than get out and
you support the Democrats and progressive socialist hard left ideas like:
identity politics, equal outcomes, George Soros' funded non-profit activist
army of useful '#Resist' idiots and culture warriors, support ANTIFA and
other anarchy groups who demand civil unrest until they regain power,
want to control your free speech, favor more safe spaces, more gun control,
higher taxes, bigger government, more regulations, relentless attacks
on the nuclear family, unlimited mass immigration, open borders, abolishing
ICE, allow non citizens and felons voting rights, free medical care for
everyone, legalize drugs, universal employment, livable minimum wages,
free college, forgive all student loan debts, free day care, income redistribution,
more politically correct police to silence dissenters and pack the Supreme
Court with leftist Justices to impose socialist policies that voters and
Congress won't pass than get out and VOTE!
If you're somewhere in between these two extremes VOTE!
Franklin D Roosevelt once said "Nobody will ever deprive the American
people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and
the only way they could do this is by not voting."
Whatever the outcome on Election night we should not attack one another
based on our personal beliefs, because the truth is when it comes to opinion,
no one is really right or wrong. We are one country, one people, and it
is important to treat others with respect and dignity because we are all
in this together.
September began with a bittersweet goodbye to Senior Sergeant Scott Johnson
who retired after 25 years of honorable and dedicated service. Scott started
his police career with Groton City then left to take over Capitol Uniforms
while continuing as a part time Montville Officer and seasonal DEP officer
at Rocky Neck State Park before joining NLPD.
was hired with 14 other lateral police officers as members of the first
Safe Neighborhood Program. He spent many years as an undercover narcotics
officer both with the State Police and New London Vice Unit before a well
deserved promotion to Sergeant where he served with distinction for over
12 years. Scott leave us with a big void of experience as he takes some
well deserved time off before starting his next chapter in law enforcement.
Good luck Scott you will be missed.
Johnson's retirement allowed for new promotions of Josh Bergeson to Sergeant
and Matt Cassiere to Detective. Both officers have a wealth of training
and experience that will make their transitions pain free. Congratulations
to Josh and Matt.
the recent promotion ceremony Mayor Mike Passero took a moment to thank
the police union leadership for their cooperation, ideas and guidance
on many issues facing the police department. The Mayor's Office and Union
leadership are cooperatively finalizing details to hire replacement officers
in December ahead of three anticipated retirements in the first quarter
of 2019 as a means to avoid any more erosion on our base line staffing.
Results of these collaborative efforts have been highly visible with not
only these recent promotions but with several major renovation projects
taking place simultaneously.
On the outside DPW cut an access turn from Winthrop Blvd directly into
the PD lot bypassing a traffic light and expanded our parking lot by 24
spaces. The project was coordinated by DPW, Mayor's office and Risk Manager
Paul Gills as part of the $2 million bond for sidewalk replacement and
street improvements. A big thank you to DPW for their hard work in this
Inside the stationhouse contractors are busy with demolition, remediation
and rebuilding the Shift Commander and Patrol Division Commander's offices
after years of water damage and deferred maintenance while DPW is fabricating
prisoner holding area safety improvements. These simultaneous projects
have been a huge inconvenience with day to day operations but everyone
has displayed extraordinarily patience looking forward to the final results.
five supervisor vacancies due to an unfunded position, retirement and
injuries it has been a difficult September with too many 16 hour shifts
required to cover these holes. It's an unsustainable pace that is not
safe for the officer nor the public. One thing is for sure - the Union
will not concede any rights or benefits for a Rube Goldberg solution when
the problem is and remains lack of adequate staffing and the City's continued
refusal to meet minimum staffing numbers.
More than a year after the Union held a public fundraising campaign to
reinvigorate the police K9 program we continue to hold K9 fundraising
monies in a dedicated account as the City has yet to provide a definitive
plan or hard date to obtain the 4th fully funded dog for the K9 program.
The City did offer to hold the K9 funds but we respectfully declined realizing
the City's interests are not necessarily in the best interests of our
K9 program and continue our wait for them to come up with a plan.
of money our devastated operating budget makes it difficult to do our
jobs. Case in point, each patrol cruiser should have a digital camera
that utilizes a memory card or SD format card to photograph evidence.
Card costs range from $11.00 for 16 GB cards to $40.00 for 64 GB cards.
Due to heavy use in the field and the many hands that touch it from loading
the camera to processing the photos as evidence they can be misplaced
or lost. Sometimes the cards wear out or more often can be lost due to
their small size, clumsy hands in all kinds of weather and locations with
poor lighting conditions when transferred to different officers every
shift of every day.
The last batch of cards were purchased in July 2017. Since then we scrambled
with less and less until now when we have approximately 3 SD cards for
the entire division with no money to purchase new cards. Our men and women
work in conditions sometimes referred to as a MASH unit with the number
of daily challenges we face. We do the best we can with what we have which
at times is simply not good enough - but that too is the reality we live
in with our constant budget cuts. Again not a problem to most of our readers
unless of course it was you that was short changed with our police services
due to budget limitations.
the late 1990's after decades of economic declines and formally a distressed
municipality designation in New London the city decided in 2000 to redevelop
the Ft Trumbull area as a way to attract and accommodate new businesses
linked to the Pfizer facility. The intent was to create leisure and recreational
opportunities and attract more businesses and people to the city. Consequently,
it prepared and adopted a development plan under a state statute that
allowed municipalities to acquire, improve, and transfer property for
These eminent domain actions led to the famous Kelo v. New London US Supreme
Court decision in 2005 where the city won. So here we are almost 20 years
later with nothing to show for it. No plans, no development, no new businesses
and no new tax revenues.
Maybe now is the time to invite outside developers and financiers to convene
at the City's request and frankly tell them in easy to understand language
why the City is not attractive to development, what needs to change and
how to capitalize on those changes to move the City forward. Such a task
would involve some heavy lifting, a task the City is not good at or perhaps
the answers provided is information the City doesn't want to hear or act
upon. But if the City is serious to improve development prospects it's
a better than to cheer on the newest coffee shop or Bank Street bar as
the barometer of City redevelopment efforts.
politics disguised as a circus engineered by the Democrats captured the
nation's attention turning the Constitution upside down in the SCOTUS
confirmation hearings of Judge Bret Kavanaugh. From over 400 interruptions
by paid protestors, judiciary committee members withholding pertinent
information to 11th hour slow walking out a parade of alleged assault
victims each providing weak redacted statements as proof positive that
Kavanaugh must be removed from consideration.
Absent of any facts or corroboration yet insisting the claim must be believed
and demanding Kavanaugh "has a responsibility to come forward and
disprove the charges against him". Another words our esteemed liberals
who have embraced Trump Resistance by ignoring all means of Kavanaugh's
civil liberties insisted he must prove his innocence in the "court
of credibility" as described by Hawaii Senator Maize Hirono. Or as
Tucker Carlson stated "Once you've been accused in this new court
of credibility, it's your job to un-convict yourself." Is this the
perfect world liberals and ANTIFA desire for the rest of us?
own Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former United States Attorney challenged
Kavanaugh with the quote ""False in one thing, false in many
things" as a basis not to be believed. Interesting for Blumenthal
to preface his statement since he remains infamous for his stolen valor
claiming he served in Vietnam when in fact he dodged the draft with five
deferments between 1965-1970 and joined the Marine Corps Reserve in Washington
DC 1970-1976 when his political connections could not get him another
deferment. Sgt Blumenthal's most dangerous mission was running Toys for
Tots campaign in the District. Today Mr. Blumenthal is perpetually incensed,
outraged or troubled by some cause of the day having well overstayed his
15 minutes of fame has been a front line conspirator of this charade insisting
Kavanaugh guilty until proven innocent.
Where are all these Democrat cries for investigations of Minnesota Representative
Keith Ellison for allegedly beating his girlfriend, or Harvey Weinstein's
alleged sexual abuse of women when he donated heavy to many Democrats
or CT Rep Elizabeth Esty, Senator Al Franken or Representative John Conyers
until they themselves resigned first.
All of these Senators including Blumenthal shamelessly disregarding all
due process just to ensure the progressive activists causes continue to
get there way with a liberal leaning Supreme Court. Seems the system is
only broke when liberals they don't get their way. Washington politics
today is wining at all costs because nothing is more important than the
Every voter in Connecticut with even a shred of common sense and decency
should vote this bloodless, hyperactive, fake, phony, chicken little also
known as Richard Blumenthal out of office in 2020.
politics made a stop in New London with Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican
Bob Stefanowski slugging it out in their first televised debate at the
Garde Arts Center. Lamont promises to turn the state around with tolls
and new taxes and honor collective bargaining and union labor contracts.
Stefanowski will cut expenses beginning with state agency employees and
gut their SEBAC contracts by negotiation or by legislation to eliminate
income taxes. It was hard to say who fared better since both dodged the
hard questions with little substance on just how they specifically intend
to turn Connecticut around with a proven workable solution.
Union officials have a priority and obligation to ensure their members
obtain and retain the best wages, benefits and working conditions possible
. As a public employee political relationships are a necessity and reality.
Having access to elected officials to be heard on issues of member importance
is paramount to any measure of success. Having a governor who will stand
with labor on bedrock issues like protecting pensions and honor collective
bargaining rights are too important to ignore
thing is for sure state employees have given concessions in 2009, 2011
and 2017. “We’ve stepped up and stepped up and stepped up,
someone else step up" said Jody Barr, executive director of Council
4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Outside the Garde Arts Center state labor unions once again joined forces
in a call to action to support endorsed candidates including Ned Lamont
with a loud and colorful labor rally which has become a marquee labor
event every election cycle. Despite the wet weather that stopped just
an hour before show time, Labor did not disappoint with a another memorable
event fighting for the middle class and highlighting why elections matter.
What did ring true from the rally was our union members didn't cause the
state's fiscal problems -the politicians did, and unions won't be anyone's
scapegoat. We are the shrinking middle class who work hard, pay our taxes
and get out the vote. We will certainly vote with those candidates that
will stand with us.
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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.
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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