The Office of the Commissioner of Police
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
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.
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
Unfortunately the bottom line with all of these
reorganizations is merely a decrease in the ranks of 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.
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.
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.
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.
always, any questions on any of the above items please
call me at the office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org