From the desk of the PBA President
The golf Gods smiled down on us for Mondays tournament. Weather was perfect. Obed, Rob, Tina, Tracy, Rene and Garrett all helped out and put together a great day !! Hospitality at the Blackthorn was tremendous !! Also PO John Petricca and his insurance company, PFIA, again graciously donated the golf towels, Thanks to all !!!
The FBI has called several of our members regarding the upcoming trial. The appropriate communication venue is through Court Liason. If you were contacted, save your phone records, I'm putting a class action grievance together on it. Just screenshot the call to me so we can verify our position.
It's probably time we went after these shooters.....regardless what the vocal minority thinks....we need police cars to do it though....
Don't park in the triangles over near City Hall, unless you want a ticket. Commissioner Lockwood gave us the heads up that they will be ticketing those locations...
Attended the Bohen fundraiser last night, amazingly the Brian Higgins vs Carl Paladino feud may be ending...thawing at least..Erik expressed his gratitude for the PBA's support.
The PBA is making the following endorsements for 2018:
Erik Bohen for NYS Assembly
Suzanne Maxwell Barnes for Erie County Court
John Curran for NYS Supreme Court
Mickey Kearns for Erie County Clerk
Shannon Henegan for Buffalo City Court
Lisa Bloch Rodwin for Erie County Family Court
Monica Wallace for NYS Assembly
Sean Ryan for NYS Assembly
Tim Kennedy for NYS Senate
Patrick Gallivan for NYS Senate
Chris Jacobs for NYS Senate.
The BPD recruit swearing in is tomorrow the 6th at 9am at the Waterfront school.
A few more are pulling the plug at the end of August... We are at about 40 for the year and its July. I'm told they're putting 35 new recruits in the Academy on Aug 6th...I think we are going to need a few more...
Talk about discrediting the Dept...smh...
Just watched the Ch 4 News...BPD members got an overwhelming vote of confidence from Deputy Gramaglia...In so many words he said the Dept has reached out to the EC Sheriffs and NYSP for assistance in patrolling the Fruit Belt....WOW,..... is all I can say.
We need Tasers. To think that this technology exists and Bflo Police Officers aren't issued them is a travesty.
If you run into Det Mary Pat Kaempf, and PO's Margit Steidel, Scotty Escobar and Mike Bass congratulate them ... They are all retiring in the coming days !!!
Congrats to A-Dist Det Mike Keane who retired !!! Best of luck to him into retirement !!
We had IAD Interrogations today (Tues). Tomorrow we have an Informal Disciplinary hearing. On Thurs, "Balls" Kessler is having a send off at Bison City R/G Club $25 6-10pm. Also Thurs, RT Sandy Brown is having a retirement party up the street at Tewksbury $30 5-9pm.
Insp Pokey Blakes get together is this Sunday, 3-7pm at Marinaro's. No tix, $$ on the bar...
Another Detective put his papers in today....
Met with the Mayor on Wed. Both parties expressed hope for a new contract, at some point in time. We expressed our concerns over the vehicle situation, as well as the BPD operating as the primary law enforcement agency in the City of Buffalo. Our role diminished under the previous Commissioner.
We need Police cars !!!! Badly !!!!
There was a tremendous show of support for the Moran family !! Great to see !!
There are only 3 foursomes left for the PBA Golf Tny, call Tina ASAP if interested.
Today (Mon)we have Board of Directors. On Tues we have PERB regarding the appointed Det/LT's. Also on Tues and Wed the PBA office will be closed for Darien Lake, weather looks great !! On Thursday we have IOD hearings at 1000 then at 1300 hrs we have the General Membership Mtg. Bison City
Our sincere condolences go out to the NYS Police and Trooper Nicholas F. Clarks family. Tragic loss.
I'm out of the office til Mon July 9th.
There is a promotional ceremony this afternoon (Fri) at 3pm. LT's Connolly, P.Humiston and D.Kent are being promoted to Capt. Det's J. Velez, T.Champion, K. Agee are being promoted to LT. As are PO's H. Murray, L. Russell-Baskerville,P. Boice, S.Culver and A.Smith. PO's N. Wrazen, W. Rezabek, S. McCabe, J. Beyer, J. Acquino, M. Laun and N. Militello are becoming Detectives. Congrats to all !!!
The Janus vs AFSCME decision came in as expected. If you haven't updated your membership card it is imperative you do so now !! Can't stress this enough. Spread the word. Our Attys are still reviewing the language of the decision. I'm sure there will be different interpretations. Know this, nothing will change if you continue paying your union dues. So if you hear any rumors about this or that, it's likely nonsense. Nothing has to change for us as a PBA if we maintain 100% participation.
Nice event last night at Otto's. We wish Tony well !!
If you run into the following, wish them well into retirement, LT George McLean, PO Mike Toy, PO Tony Porzio, LT Ivan Watkins, Det Rich Wagstaff, Capt Mark Antonio, LT Mike Quinn, Det Reggie Minor, Capt Mark Makowski, and LT Kim Beaty.
This week on Monday we have Step 3's. Tues and Wed we have the grievance on Health Care.(lack of self funding notification) Thursday is the PAC day and Friday (tentatively) there are promotions. We anticipate transfers to coincide with these promotions.
This is NOT a voluntary department. The City denies IOD claims when people are ON duty. They will absolutely not cover you if you are OFF duty. Even for something like a photo-op.Even travelling to or from. Poor fiscal management has led to them cutting most of the details. That is their choice. This PBA does not condone any type of volunteering your time to something that officers should be compensated/covered for. Notify the PBA if it is suggested or ordered.
Erin did a nice job putting together the Buffalopba app. Thank you Erin !!
There is a get together on the 26th for Tony Porzio out at Ottos in Cheek, details to follow...
Today we addressed the new recruits that will be hitting the streets next Monday. Nice group we wish them well !!
Our PERB hearings are postponed. No dates set yet. This was regarding the 6 appointed promotions.
Happy Fathers day weekend !! Weather looks great, I'm sure there will be plenty of mayhem. 8 were shot yesterday, I'm sure there will be more this weekend. Work with caution.
Congrats to Ed Garris who was promoted to Captain today !!
Today we had triage arbitration. We did come to an agreement on a new MOA regarding Relief LT's. Will be putting it out shortly. Essentially it creates solid spots on the Relief circuit. MP 2,4 and 5 will each have 2 LT positions as well as a permanent locker to work out of in a District. We settled a discipline case as well. Friday morning we are attending a fundraiser for NYS Senator Tim Kennedy.
Please keep Jimmy Lonergan in your thoughts and prayers.
Had a great time last night at Artie's party !! Good luck Artie !! Enjoy your retirement !!!
Shooting season is upon us, watch your backs !!
This week we have Board of Directors on Monday. On Tuesday we have arbitration over the harrassment tactic imposed upon the former Academy Capt, Academy and Range officers. On Wed we have informal disciplinary hearings. Wed evening there is a send off for Artie McCabe. It's at Marinaro's Larkinville Tavern. Thursday evening at 7pm we have the General Membership mtg.
Attended the Badge of Honor event Sat night. Was a very nice tribute to many Law enforcement officers as well as our critical incident Atty Tom Burton. Congrats to all !!
Congrats to A-Dist PO Dennis Kessler, and Traffic POs John Poisson and Artie McCabe !!! They've all worked their last tour !! Friends of Artie are getting together on Wed June 6th , 7-11 at Marinaro's, no tix, $$ on the bar !! Great time had by all last night at Poissons send off.
This week we have a Formal Disciplinary hearing on Wed, we have IOD hearings on Thursday. Thursday at 6pm is the send off for John Poisson, 6pm, no tix, $$$ on the bar.
Looking at the roster, as of June 30, 2019 there are 264 members that can retire. If you are one of them and want to maintain the current contribution rate for health care, I would definitely have a plan to go. There are no contract talks planned at this time.
Thanks to all the Military Vets on this Memorial Day holiday. Freedom is not free !!
Thankfully Judge Buscaglia saw the incident for what it was, simply a use of force. Another incident that never would have occurred had the suspect simply complied. It's like a broken record..We look forward to Joe's return.
The PCNY statewide conference is in Buffalo from today through Thursday. So you may get flagged down by a visiting Cop in the coming days. We'll be in and out of the office this week. Just call or text if something needs attention.
This Friday night is Capt Antonio's party. It's at the old Pettibones. Update: Party was jam packed, great night !! We wish him well !!
Regrettably we have been informed Narcotics Det Phil Tisdale passed away. Was in his 34th year of service, set to retire in a week. RIP.
The Ceremony in Washington DC was an incredible tribute to the fallen Officers and their families. To have President Trump, VP Pence and Atty General Jeff Sessions all pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice was a very emotional lifting experience.. To the fallen, may they rest in peace...
Thanks to Obed, Rob, Tina, Tracy, Jen, Dana, Peter and his nominating crew, The Hyatt, am surely forgetting some, for putting on the PBA Annual Awards Ball. It was very well done!
"Balls" Kessler is pulling the plug. We wish him well !! He's joining John Poisson, and Artie McCabe in leaving at the end of the month.
Keep Ret Det Billy D in your prayers, on a good note, am hearing he is mildly improving.
Expect more violence in the City. The cuts the Admin has made throughout the City are going to take their toll. It is evident from accidents in the Arena area where traffic details have been cut, to the entertainment sectors, where police details have been eroded. We wouldn't mind it if the violence affected only the gangbangers, thats the life they choose. But innocent victims often result from their reckless actions. Plain and simple, the BPD is not adequately funded.
Shootings are a daily occurance since the weather broke. This City is a violent place. Work cautiously !!!
Busy week ahead...Board of Directors on Monday, also Common Council mtg regarding Police Dept finances. Contract Arbitration on Tues/Wed. Tues Night an event for City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. On Thurs we have the General Membership mtg at 1300 hrs. That evening an event for Assemblyman Sean Ryan. On Friday night, our annual awards night event.
Congrats go out to Capt Robert Joyce who is now the A-Dist Chief. Also Lt Al Wright who is now the C-Dist Chief, and Capt Joe Gramaglia who has been elevated to Deputy Commissioner. We wish them well, hoping for an amicable future !! Also Chief Barb Lark will be taking over the B-Dist....
GTHBA last night at both send offs. We are losing some really good guys !!!
At first glance the Mayors budget seems reasonable. Though I would much rather see Police cars and Tasers purchased than body-cams. Our concern all along has been the enormous costs associated with that program. Might be time to reconsider...
Congrats are in order for LT's Shawn Dowell, Kevin Brinkworth and Tommy English who have all retired !! Wishing them long and healthy retirements !!
This Fri night at 7pm there are 2 retirement parties. PO Eddie Lopez's is at J's White Elephant -$25 per ticket, and Det Danny Redmond's is at the Blackthorn, $$ on bar.
Since the City has cut down the Traffic details at Key Bank Center there have been 2 accidents that we are aware of. Both occurring at intersections that were formerly manned. One Officer involved and another involved a car vs pedestrian.
We had a meeting planned with Mayor Brown, have been informed it will be rescheduled as he must attend to budget meetings.
As expected the retirement parties were fitting send offs for some great officers !! We wish Debbie and Pat well !!
The meeting with Palladian is being rescheduled, We did attend a fundraiser for NYS Comptroller DiNapoli who was very thankful for our support. The retirement fund is healthy and that is very important to us.
We settled the arbitration case scheduled for today. City acknowledges there are 2 wheels. A and B. Capt will recieve 10 AV's. Tomorrow we have IOD light duty determination hearings. On Wed and Thurs we have contract triage. On Friday we are meeting with Palladian, the EAP company. On Friday night Retiree Debbie Strobele is having a send off at the Blackthorn 7-11pm, and on Sunday 5:30-8:30 Capt Pat Mann's party is at The Pearl St. $30 per ticket for each event. Great people, certain to be fun events !
We have informal disciplinary hearings today (Wed). Will be preparing for the Capts grievance (3rd wheel creation) afterward.
Heading to Waterloo on Sun for Upstate Seminar. Still gathering info on Janus Decision and it's ramifications.
Global warming is a hoax.
I know it is a long way off, but, after the Sept 6, 2018 1pm PBA Union meeting, Mark Wallace from NYSDCP will be in attendance to answer any questions members may have regarding their Deferred Compensation Plan funds. He will be able to dispell any myths that commonly go through the dept. and give tips on maximizing the benefit.
Am not at all surprised the Teachers that are striking are from "Right to Work" (for less) States.
Next Monday April 2nd we have the Board of Directors mtg and on Thursday we have the General Membership mtg at 7pm. Bison City R/G Club.
Congrats go out to Homicide Det Dan Redmond who has retired !! Also Capt Pat Mann has worked his last day as has PO Debbie Strobele and PO Jimmy Hummel !! We wish them all the best !! Also LT Tommy Mayes, PO Ed Lopez, are on they're way out !!
**State Supreme Court Judge Glownia denied the City's motion to vacate the K-9 arbitration decision, confirmed the award from the bench...
Today we are meeting with Mark Byrne, our Health Care consultant, in preparation for the upcoming arbitration. Wed there is a fundraiser for Sheriff Tim Howard. Also a get together for D-Dist PO Jimmy Hummel who is retiring. Its up at the Roaring Bison on Hertel at 7pm. No tickets, just money on the bar. On Thurs the 29th we have Step 3 Grievances.
*The PBA office will be closed the 30th in observance of Good Friday.
We attended a seminar put on by Blitman and King on Monday. Was very informative. Again Janus was the main topic. This week we have contract arbitration on Wed and IOD hearings on Thurs. On Fri we are in State Supreme Ct over the K-9 grievance that we won.
Hoping everyone has a Happy and Safe St Patricks Day weekend !!
From the PCNY seminar, Attys are seeking out Giglio info on police officers involved in a trial in an attempt to discredit them. Atty Richard Mullvaney gave an animated talk on the detrimental impact of PO's social media posts and the ease at which Def Attys can demonstrate an officers bias. Atty Ron Dunn got into the subject of DFR's and their potential after the anticipated Janus decision. It centered on grievances. I don't believe this will impact us much, we file when necessary.
*Save the date- Monday August 13th is the PBA Golf Tny. Harvest Hill then to the Blackthorn. Cost will be $125.00 per golfer, will be accepting registration $$ in late May...
There are BOLO'S are going out with specific directions to only pick up the person of interest, IF the Detective that put it out is on duty...???? You have to be kidding me !!!
We are in Albany for PCNY til Thurs.
Body cameras will be utilized by our B-Dist Officers for this Sunday's St Patricks Day Parade.
Tommy's funeral was jam-packed, as expected. He will be missed. Retiree Ronny Clark did a memorable eulogy.
Great to see the West Virginia Teachers successfully strike for their raises, which subsequently carried over to all state workers. Am not at all surprised it is a "Right to work" (for less) state. Their unity and persistance paid off. It is a shame they were driven to such extreme measures.
Can't stress enough to work cautiously out there. Coppers across the country are getting killed seemingly every day.
I hope the City does replace this psychologist they use for determining hiring. To destroy a persons career ambitions because they had a child outside of marriage is ridiculous. Deemed reckless...Whats next, your disqualified for promotion if you get divorced ???
We have Board of Directors today at 1300. On Thursday the General Membership mtg is at 1300 hrs also. Bison City R/G Club.
Keep praying for Tommy Moran.... the wake is going to be Monday at Cannans in OP, the funeral Tues is at 11:30, St Ambrose Church, it's on Ridgewood between McKinley and S.Park in S.Bflo. Just a nice guy that always looked out for the troops. Great family man. Too young...
Attended the 100 Club awards dinner last night. Very classy organization, can't thank them enough for all they do for First Responders.
Tuesday we are discussing some legal matters with Atty Rodney O. Personius, on Wed we are meeting with our Health Care consultant, Mark Byrne regarding the upcoming arbitration. That evening we are attending a fundraiser for Senator Tim Kennedy, obviously to discuss the upcoming Janus decision and other aspects of the Governors budget that may affect us.
Great time last night at the send off for PO Pat Crowley !! Am sure he'll have a great time enjoying the outdoors !!!!
Congrats to Comm Lockwood in being nominated for the permanent Commissioner spot. I would expect he'll breeze through the Council approval process. Also a class move by the Mayor posthumously promoting Craig Lehner to LT.
In 2018 there have already been 20 line of duty Officer deaths across the country. 13 of which have come by gunfire....Use extreme caution out there...
Senator Patrick Gallivan is proposing putting an SRO in every school, we applaud that remedy !!
People are killed everyday in car accidents, we don't blame cars. People are stabbed everyday, we don't blame knives. Why do people blame guns ? I never thought the TSA would ever be as big as it is, yet that is what it takes to minimize the opportunity for terrorists to kill innocent people through plane crashes or them using the planes as weapons. Having several police officers in every school would minimize these types of mass murders I would predict. Yes it would be expensive, but protecting innocent students and teachers would be well worth it in my opinion.
Det Henry Velez received a warm send off last evening. Enjoy !!
I would like to see a federal grant that would quadruple the current staffing of the SRO's.
NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan expressed his sincere thanks for the PBA's support, as we attended a fundraiser for him last evening.
The PBA office will be closed Monday for Presidents Day. Enjoy the weekend.
GTHBA last evening at LT Joe Makowski's retirement party !!
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LT Joe Makowski's retirement party is this Thursday 7pm at the Mathew Glab post in Lackawanna. On Friday Henry Velez is having a send off a J's White Elephant !!
The PBA retirement party went off last night without a hitch. The planning by Obed and Rob was tremendous. Thanks to Tina, Lori and Tracy for working the door !! Great food, service, and cocktails !! It was a very nice tribute to the retirement class of 2017 !!
Am absolutely ecstatic to hear the dept is finally entertaining equipping our Officers with Tasers. Way overdue...
This week we have the Board of Directors on Monday. Monday and Wed we have IAD interrogations. Tues and Wed will be Albany for PCNY. On Thursday our General Membership Mtg is at 5:30pm. Ret party to follow.
I was shocked and dismayed to see that even at the highest level of the FBI there would be a blatant political bias. It definitely has changed my outlook on that agency. What a confidence crusher....
Not at all surprised by the outcome of the NYS Atty Generals investigation regarding the Hernandez-Rossi incident.
We have several IAD interrogations occurring on Wed and Thurs.
We have a shipment of winter hats in. $10 each.
This Monday the 22nd, and Wed there are IAD interrogations...on that, if you are on social media,be careful what you post. The dept monitors your posts, actively seeking to bring you up on charges.
There was a shooting last night (Fri) on Chippewa n Pearl St. None of the local media have reported it as of 6 am Sat morning...
Arbitrator Butto decided we do NOT have to provide documentation to return to work after calling off sick...
Have to say I was surprised at DD's departure. Hopefully the relationship with the new admin can improve moving forward.
We have Arb on Fri regarding ERT and the lack of training offered to the entire patrol division. There is talk of a settlement agreement on this topic.
Recent retiree Mark Tripp had a wide array of newer and former Coppers wishing him well. The guy from the dungeon even made an appearance....GTHBA !!!
Seems the Admins experiment to end the PO details(Chippewa/Allen) in B-dist was a failure. On one of the coldest evenings of the year you had Officers that normally would be answering citizen complaint calls, tied up on Chippewa and Allen St, answering "shots fired" and "fight calls". I'm sure once the criminal element becomes aware that there are no police working those details, lawlessness will prevail. Have to feel bad for the businesses and law abiding citizens that will become victims....
Great time at Sean O'Briens party !!! Wishing him the best !!
The office will be closed Monday in observance of the MLK holiday. Tues/Wed in Albany for PCNY mtgs. As always call my cell if necessary.
Congrats to all those promoted !! Very nice ceremony !! Today (Wed) we are preparing for the ERT grievance, regarding the City not training the patrol division as was stipulated...we are then meeting up with the recently promoted LT's. Thurs at 1300 is the monthly General Membership mtg, again at Bison City...Thursday evening there is a party for South District Council member Chris Scanlon. He has been a staunch supporter of law enforcement and the PBA's interests. It is being held at Doc Sullivans, 5:30pm, $35.
We have the Board of Directors mtg on Monday the 8th. On Thursday we have the General Membership mtg.
We are hearing there is a promotional ceremony Tues the 9th at 1300 in the Academy. We have not seen an official list yet. We know notifications have been made. Congrats to those being promoted. Inexplicably it seems more than qualified individuals have been passed over. To those we apoligize and are looking further into this.
There are a couple retirement party's coming up. Narco LT Sean O'Brien's is the 12th at Lucarrelli's 6-10pm. Traffic PO's Ivy James and Colonel Chaney are having a get together on the 16th at Marinaro's Larkinville Tavern 7-11. B-Dist PO Mark Tripp at J's White Elephant (old Jacobi's)on the 18th 7-10pm. Another is being held for LT Joe Makowski at the Glab Post in Lackawanna on Feb 15th, 6-10pm. Det Henry Velez on the 16th at the Rusty Buffalo.
Happy to report Capt Antoino is doing much better !!
Happy New Year !! Stay safe and warm. I want to thank Kevin for his dedication and years of service to the PBA. I appreciate and enthusiastically look forward to having the opportunity to serve as PBA President. It is truly an honor. I want to welcome Erin McCarthy as the incoming 1st Vice President and look forward to working along side her, Mark, Kristin, Frank ( and Tina ) to improve the working conditions for every PBA member in the ranks. Bring on 2018!!!
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