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Brian Hoesl

President


E-mail: Nassoa@aol.com

Superior Officers Association Police Department of Nassau County, New York

     

The Office of the Commissioner of Police

With the sudden departure of Commissioner Thomas Dale and the recent appointment of Acting Police Commissioner Victor Politi to the NUMC post we are now back in limbo as to whom our next police commissioner will be.  The County Executive has indicated that he might again look outside the department for a new Commissioner.  However, with no deference to Commissioner Politi, whom I believe would have made a good leader due to his people skills and understanding of the job, it has always been our position that we have our own members who are more than capable of running this department. Nobody understands how this job functions better than our own senior staff.  No learning curve is involved, nor would they need time to understand the frustrations of everyone still operating under the oversight of NIFA.  Every commissioner, for the first 75 years of our existence, had come from within this department.  We firmly believe that one of our own would be the most logical choice.  We did personally communicate our position to the County Executive.  We hope that he will take our concerns into consideration.  I was lead to believe a decision would be made shortly. The sooner it is done the better.

 

Department Reorganization

Once again we have seen another efficiency reorganization of the department with the recent elimination of the Support Division (really just the elimination of the Chief of Support) and a realignment of parts of the Detective Division.  Unfortunately the bottom line with all of these reorganizations is merely a decrease in the ranks of the SOA.  The notion that eliminating supervisors and increasing the workload of those remaining, while at the same time expecting them to properly supervise their subordinates, will lead to greater efficiency is just sheer folly.  This started with the precinct consolidations and has now spread to all parts of the department.  While there certainly is always room for efficiency moves in any organization, just eliminating supervisory positions, when we are at unprecedented low levels, makes no sense to me.  If you want your subordinates to do more with less you need greater oversight to ensure that they are performing at peak efficiency.  The ranks of the SOA are now at 315 members, down by about 100 over the last four years.  We are now the smallest of the three unions, and have been for some time.  Yet somehow the place keeps running, maybe not more efficiently, but still running. I can assure you we have made our objections known.

 

The real problem lies in the continued exodus from this job and the lack of any real hiring.  When that will change all depends on if and when we settle the wage freeze issue and when the department starts hiring.  That question leads to the next topic, and the one you are most interested in, and that is negotiations.

 

 

NIFA and the Wage Freeze

I have reported to you several times on the progress of negotiations with the County to end the pay freeze.  I have not spoken to you recently because, at least on our part, there has been no new developments.  The PBA and NIFA seem to be close to reaching an agreement and we have finally heard from NIFA ourselves. While there seems to be a general consensus that something must be done it appears that as soon as we get close another roadblock pops up.  I do believe that we will eventually settle this, I just cannot tell you when. I would be no more surprised if it was next month than if it was next year.  But if it drags on much longer no good will come of it, that much I am certain.  Everyone is reaching the end of their rope. 

   

Lawsuit Update

Our attorneys have just recently filed the briefs to continue our wage freeze lawsuit in NYS Supreme Court.  We are just waiting for the County and NIFA’s briefs, which are due within the month.  While it is hard to predict I would imagine that we would have this first decision some time this year.  Then it will be on to the Appellate Division and eventually this case will be decided in the NYS Court of Appeals. I do have copies of the briefs from our attorneys and as soon as they are officially filed with the courts I can release them.  If anyone wishes to read them please let me know and I can forward them to you.   We will keep you posted as we proceed.     

 

 

As always, any questions on any of the above items please call me at the office or email me at nassoa@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   



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