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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..
Summer finally arrives after a wet cold winter. We take a moment to remind
our readers that May was National Police Week, a solemn occasion to honor
our police officers who have fallen in the line of duty and the remaining
police family survivors Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786,
more than 21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate
In 2018 there were 163 law enforcement officer line of duty related deaths.
152 were male, 11 female, average age 42, average tour of duty was 13
years 2 months. Since January 1, 2019 45 police officers have died in
the line of duty. We Respect Honor and Remember their sacrifice.
current department service pistols are coming up on 10 years old. Rather
than refurbish them Chief Reichard is moving forward with a plan to replace
the current 40 caliber pistol with the 9mm. Although maligned in the past
due to its inability to reliably deliver incapacitating force, recent
technological developments in bullet and propellant design have moved
the round back to the forefront for many LE departments. With its lower
costs, lighter recoil, longevity, reliability, increased magazine capacity,
better ammo choices with more capable on-target performance and lower
cost makes the 9mm the right choice at the right time.
We remain very busy this past month with calls for services. Our detectives
and School Resource Officer have shouldered the brunt of the ongoing Board
of Education investigation. Their patient and methodical approach to each
allegation has been a fair and judicious search for the truth.
The addition of two experienced lateral police officers has been a big
help to the Patrol Division with their knowledge and efficiency. We should
have two newly graduated rookies on the street just prior to Sailfest
and a third rookie graduates later in summer.
the ongoing mess being exposed and investigated at the BOE has also begun
to expose the wasteful spending creating jobs for friends and family with
little regard to backgrounds or qualifications. No matter how much money
BOE gets its never enough, always asking for and getting whatever it wants.
While the police department does its best with its meager budget always
sacrificing manpower and equipment to stay in the black it makes us all
work unnecessarily harder.
the circus unfolding daily at the BOE they have the nerve to ask for another
$1 million on top of what it already requested for FY19-20. More puzzling
is why Councilor Marty Olsen is leading the efforts supporting their latest
demands for more money without any concerns or inquiry to recent events
Of course the shake down for money comes with their perpetual lie "it's
for the students" means either higher taxes or less money for police
and fire budgets. With all the flagrant misbehavior, hiring of yet to
be determined number of felons and demonstrated little regard for the
well being of the kids under their charge by the BOE. We sent letters
to councilors asking they let our public safety budgets remain intact.
On May 28 Council voted to approve our original budget. THANK
YOU for your support.
While our state elected officials stumble over themselves under the gold
dome in Hartford our local problems remain, especially the lack of funding
for the many social service demands placed upon our city. Those demands
on our city services exacerbated by the steady stream of not only out
of town but out of state homeless arriving daily in New London - many
with mental health and/or substance abuse problems.
Other communities solve their homeless problems with the price of a one
way bus ticket or surrounding area police car ride to New London. Now
it's our problem to deal with absent any financial help from Hartford
or area SECT towns.
the interest of public service we join Sherman and Mr. Peabody in the
Way Back Machine to our June 2018 Update repeating our
previous local revenue suggestions hoping that maybe just one idea may
incubate into reality.
"New London is perpetually broke and needs to find its own way
to sustainability. If the state won't make the current PILOT program fair
and equitable to municipalities than revoke tax exempt status altogether
or allow municipalities authority to impose a yearly surcharge on grand
list value to these organizations for municipal services.
We offer our own funding ideas to the mix: impose false police/fire
alarm fines, bed tax on colleges and hospitals if they won't make equitable
voluntary payments to the city, impose embarkation/debarkation surcharge
on each passenger and vehicle leaving and entering New London via Cross
Sound and Fishers Island ferry or install a city electronic toll gantry
on Ferry Street and lower State Street for each vehicle using ferry access,
sell off surplus city buildings and properties.
London is chock full of homeless and transients, many with mental health
and substance abuse problems from all over New London County placing a
huge demand on city emergency services. With that in mind think regionally-
perhaps all the NL county towns or certainly the towns from Old Lyme to
Stonington should give one quarter of one percent of their annual adopted
budgets to the City to offset emergency services costs which could generate
an estimated $1.5-2 million annually.
While our neighboring towns will scream foul, our police officers know
firsthand from prior contacts with the homeless many were provided rides
or bus fare to New London from their respective social services agencies
efficiently eliminating their problem by making it ours."
Connecticut is the land of steady habits- change is hard and slow. Not
much was accomplished this legislative session except raising some existing
taxes while creating new taxes. Governor Lamont seems to stumble over
every initiative he puts forward despite having a super majority House
and simple Senate on his side. Seemingly big on talk yet small on details
resulting in few significant accomplishments. He is putting all his chips
on his last big hand to create highway tolls despite heavy push back from
good argument can be made that all highway users should pay for its upkeep
and roadway improvements through tolls. However the potential of $800
million to $1 billion a year in new revenues to a legislature hooked on
spending like a crack addict makes one skeptical that anything will change
in Connecticut except higher taxes and bigger debts. If there anyone living
in this state that truly believes Connecticut is actually serious about
real infrastructure improvements please let us know we have a bridge to
in 1990 Connecticut faced similar financial hardships with $2.4 billion
in deficits. Governor Lowell Weicker implemented the state income tax.
Certainly unpopular then and now but in his one term managed to not only
solve the deficit issues but created a state surplus. Weicker said many
years later, "the succeeding legislatures and governors could have
repealed the income tax - instead they spent it".
If we don’t learn from history we are destined to repeat it.
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.
724 helps East Lyme fight the cause
Why Political Action
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Political Director C Flynn
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