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After 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.

With 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.

Congratulations 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!

Two 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.

As 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.

Many 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 see firsthand 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 it!

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!
police HQ GWBExciting 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.

New 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.

Proposed 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.
At 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.


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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