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MAY UPDATE

We begin by extending our congratulations for all our personnel who recently completed promotional testing for the ranks of Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Top finishers were: Larry Keating and Chuck Flynn for Lieutenant. Josh Bergeson and Joe Pelchat for Sergeant with Matt Casssiere and Ryan Griffin top place for Detective. These lists will be good for two years and can be extended for another year at the discretion of the City.
Chief Pete Richard is commended for preparing the agency for anticipated and much needed promotional opportunities that is until City Hall pulled the rug out from under us on funding to once again feed the hungry bear we know as the Board of Education.

New London has a remarkable history of missteps trying to find that next big thing to improve and revive the city. The city has lived through forgettable flops such as: Captains Walk, Capitol Theatre, Floating Casino, Amistad, Waterfront Park, Rejecting Mashantucket's $35 million lease for Ocean Beach, Rejecting Coast Guard Academy purchase of a few unused acres of rundown Riverside Park, nearly vacant Harbor Towers and City Flats, Ft Trumbull eminent domain, the undeveloped Parcel J and most recent flop when funding walked away from the proposed Shipway 227 project on Howard Street while downtown businesses shrivel up and leave. The list goes on but you get the picture.

As sure as Lucy will pull the football out from Charlie Brown New London doubles down wasting a state bond of $20 million to build a bridge from the Water Street Parking Garage to Cross Sound Ferry in the hopes it just might reinvigorate the flat fundraising efforts for the latest silver bullet to save New London from itself with the long promised Coast Guard Museum.
While it remains uncertain if the museum will ever be built what is certain is voters rejected this bridge idea once before. This bridge almost exclusively benefits Cross Sound Ferry at the expense of the City and state taxpayers funding the bond.
Once built this bridge ensures even less visitor interaction with downtown while the City remains responsible for maintenance and security two services New London has proven time and again unwilling or unable to accomplish. Look no further that all the broken cross walk pavers outside the train station or the number of homeless sleeping in the parking garages as two quick examples. But remaining positive, the number of tax exempt entities with high demands on city services has sky rocketed.

Think for a moment what New London could have done with this $20 million. That same amount could have built a brand new state of the art 66,000 square foot police station and 911 center. Could have paid for 20 new police officers for the next 10 years. Could have repaved 222 lane miles of city streets. Purchased 10 new police cars a year for the next 40 years or 20 new fire trucks or rebuild City Hall for $8 then build a new fire station for $8 million, $2 million to add 50 parking spaces to the cramped police parking lot and still have $2 million for new fire trucks.

Unfortunately the politicians have screwed the taxpayers once again with another false promise that won't materialize except for the sole benefit of one business. One step forward two steps back continues to be the New London shuffle.

Speaking of politics, one observer once described it as the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy has certainly been on display in New London. Many voters including old guard south of the hospital New Londoners have expressed their displeasure with the lack of any measurable direction under Mayor Passero's leadership.
In a Passero-Finizio debate from August 2015 Mr. Passero was critical of Mayor Finizio for "disrespecting the process to hire more police" and claimed he "was committed to increasing manpower at the [police] department. Committed? Really Mike??
Besides our staffing issues the mayor and his staff have yet install an emergency alarm in the booking area after a 2014 incident, made no cell block improvements to reduce ricks of prisoners harming themselves, nor taken any visible steps to remediate or repair the mold infested shift commanders office other than close it off. You might want to take back the word committed.

Throughout the city most streets are in disrepair, municipal services decrease each year with more employee layoffs in order to feed the BOE budget. The city is dirty with more homeless people than ever overwhelming city services. Our understaffed police are maxed out while the fire dept with a full complement of staffing each shift stands ready for more new hires thanks to the retired firefighter mayor. His new tact to pander for alt left votes from People Power progressives and Hispanic voters supporting his sanctuary city resolution. Here at dysfunction junction it’s just another normal day of chaos where left is right and what's up is down in the rabbit hole known as New London.

Did we mention at the recent council public safety committee meeting for a sanctuary city resolution calling for ignoring immigration laws to make illegal immigrants feel secure and welcomed when the incensed mayor suddenly called for a private meeting with the law director. Seems our mayor a self professed champion of public safety did not want our union executive board member filling in on behalf of the union president in uniform and on duty (with authorization from the Chief) when he came to speak on behalf of our union members. The mayor was pressing the law director to provide a reason - any reason - to remove our officer from the meeting.

Fortunately the law director reminded the mayor who is also attorney, that our union member had a First Amendment right to speak resulting in the mayor storming out of the private meeting. Troubling news since there have been other stories from our many sources also critical of the mayor becoming angry at anyone not in support of his ideas.

Recall in 2015 Mike in campaign mode said he was tired of people saying New London has the potential to be great, he pledged as mayor to actually make it great but we have yet to see anything he has done to achieve any measureable success.
Public safety was out in front campaigning for Mike last time, at this rate he will be standing alone since he has little support of our police officers next election cycle.
To be fair and balanced this administration has quieted the breathless daily hysteria at city hall from the former mayor and brought in some qualified people to assist him. The police department internal problems have subsided with the new police chief. Many have complained there are a lot of city problems that haven't been addressed or frankly are too big for any mayor to fix.

We disagree and look to John F. Kennedy's quote, "Our problems are manmade--therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable--and we believe they can do it again". Being optimistic maybe there is bright future for New London and it's just over the horizon along with some wishful thinking maybe Mike or the next mayor will be that guy who did it.

While mayoral elections remain over 18 months away questions swirl on who will be the next mayor. Republicans have a very qualified and personable everyman Gordon Vidal on the bench but we don't believe he can overcome the Republican label in this exclusively Democrat city to unseat an incumbent Democrat. Green Party people will support their slate of progressive candidates to further their liberal causes and be a vote spoiler.
Across the aisle it appears there will be a Democratic primary challenger to the Mayor. Our prognosticators have gone out on a limb with a very early prediction that Council President Anthony Nolan will challenge incumbent Passero.
Nolan will be aided for the nomination by Chris Soto and others who will utilize identity politics to reach into other voter groups in an effort to unify diverse city minority voters who now make up the majority of the city's population with a message that the next mayor should be more like them to better represent them and their concerns. Will they be successful? Way too early for that, but should they win it will be an historic new chapter of yet to be written New London history.

A day in politics can be a lifetime. Many things can happen before election day. We certainly hope Mayor Mike will become more tolerant and open in his actions, actually back up his words and campaign promises with positive actions with a turnaround of city misfortunes. If he gets back on track with improving city services and bolstering the police department to improve the crime rate luring business and people back his voter base will become reenergized and solidify his position for re-election.

As state Republicans prepare for a May gubernatorial nominating convention there remains nine candidates. None appear to be front runners and most lack voter name recognition. All of them promised to be bold and fearless. None proposed specifics on cutting expenses or raising revenue. They are in favor of improving the nearly insolvent transportation fund but are opposed to higher gasoline taxes or highway tolls. We're broke, state services already terrible and any cuts to social services are the third rail in CT politics. They offer nothing but tough talking generalities and short on specifics.

Meanwhile the Democratic field has former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and businessman Ned Lamont as considered front runners. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin dropped out recently when he realized most voters outside of Hartford weren't happy with his victory of bailing out the Capitol City with $500 million of state taxpayer money over the next 20 years.
Bysiewicz has been described as a professional campaigner previously winning state office elections and more likely the favorite of traditional Democratic party stalwarts. Lamont recently won a Connecticut AFL-CIO straw poll at the labor federation’s political convention. Both are different shades of progressives and haven't offered any specific details how they will improve things other than they are Democrats and will turn Connecticut around.
Bottom line all these candidates are preening their feathers on how unique and wonderful each of them are but none have offered any plan of substance to date moving Connecticut forward.

Congratulations to NLPD friend and an avid reader of Local 724's popular web page Pete McShane on his nomination as Judge to the Superior Court bench by Governor Dan Malloy. McShane is a State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Middlesex with the State of Connecticut's Division of Criminal Justice, where since 2011 he has led law enforcement for criminal matters and the prosecution of criminals. Immediately prior to that, he served as Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney in Geographical Area 10 of New London from 2007 to 2011, as Senior Assistant State's Attorney in the Judicial District of New London from 1994 to 2007, and as Deputy Assistant State's Attorney in Geographical Area 10 of New London from 1988 to 1994. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable John J. Daly of the Connecticut Appellate Court from 1987 to 1988. He is a graduate of St. Michaels College in Vermont, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and Boston University School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor degree.

 

 

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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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