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The trial of Tyrone Howard, the perp who shot and killed Det. Randolph Holder, is currently underway in Part 51 of the Manhattan DA’s Office (100 Centre Street). Judge Obus is presiding and the case is being prosecuted by ADA Linda Ford.  Attendance at the trial would be appreciated, if you are available.

President Trump recently nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, which would bring the Court to full staffing. Judge Gorsuch is a Conservative and is not labor friendly.  On February 8th, DEA President Palladino had a discussion about the confirmation process with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Democratic minority leader. 

NAPO opposes the National Right to Work Act (H.R. 785), which would repeal the provisions of the federal NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) that permits employers to require employees to join a union as a condition of employment. It would also roll back the Railway Labor Act, to remove provisions of the act allowing railroad carriers to require payroll deductions of union dues or fair share fees as a condition of employment.  While neither of these Acts cover local Police Officers or Deputies, this represents a significant attack on labor and an attempt at curtailing employees’ rights to bargain collectively for wages, hours, and working conditions.  If passed, it could also serve as a model for state “right to work” laws across the country, which could directly impact Officers and Deputies. 27 states currently have such “right to work” laws.

 

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the DEA will have a collective bargaining session with the City regarding the impact of the PBA’s 2.25% differential on third grade Detective’s pay.  The DEA has already had two informal meetings with the City: on February 6th and 10th. 

The scale below reflects the current and future figures for third grade pay for the remainder of our contract, which expires on March 31, 2019. Your individual night shift amount depends on the chart you are performing and your years of service.

 

Current Pay Scale 3rd Grade Detectives         Investigators and Specialists

 

Date % Increase Top Base Pay

20 Year

Longevity

Full

Nightshift

Holiday Pay Uniform Allowance Total
               
Present 1.5% $92,184 $9,235 $8,296 $4,279 $1,120 $115,114
               
January 1, 2018 2.5% $94,448 $9,465 $8,501 $4,384 $1,120 $117,918
               
December 18, 2018 3.0% $97,322 $9,750 $8,758 $4,517 $1,120 $121,467

PBA top pay with Neighborhood Policing Differential ……………………………………….............$ 106,107

The New York State Police have created an easy and cost-free process that allows pistol/revolver licensees to complete re-certification online at -- http://troopers.ny.gov/firearms

 

 

 

Paper forms are also available at any New York State Police station.

 

Pistol/Revolver license re-certifications in New York State are currently only required for those permits originally issued before January 15, 2013. If your permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification is January 31, 2018.

 

Be advised this online process does not apply to those with permits in New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Westchester County. If you currently have a permit in any one of those locations, you must follow the requirements that are in place in that county.

 

At 1:09 p.m. on January 10, 2017, Det. Steven McDonald of the New York Police Department passed away.

Said Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) President Michael J. Palladino, “Steven was an exceptional human being who should not be defined by the shooting that paralyzed him, but by what he accomplished in life after it happened.” Palladino added, “As a family, the McDonalds have a remarkable way of navigating adversity. Patti-Ann McDonald is a woman of great character and a profile in courage.”

Their son Conor has already exhibited tremendous strength of character by following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a New York City Police Officer. Our hearts go out to Conor and Patti Ann, as well as all of Steven’s friends, family, and colleagues, on our loss of such a wonderful man.”

 

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday & Thursday on January 11 & 12 from

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish Center, 99 North Village Ave., Rockville Center, NY 11570.  Mass will be held on Friday, January 13 at 9:15 a.m. at  St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, NY.

 

The New York State Constitutional Convention

 

from Michael J. Palladino, DEA President

There is a push by some political factions in New York State to hold a new Constitutional Convention.  The position of the Detectives’ Endowment Association is “vote NO” on this referendum. 

Not only would a Constitutional Convention needlessly cost the New York State taxpayers an estimated $100-million, but it could jeopardize the current level of pension benefits already received by retirees and promised to active members.  Public sector pensions are guaranteed against diminution thanks to powerful language present in the New York State Constitution.  In the event of a Constitutional Convention, the language could be tampered with, thus eliminating that guarantee and paving the way for a reduced pension benefit.

A Convention may open up New York’s Constitution to hastily thought out changes and reversal of laws and protections that in some cases took more than 200 years to put into effect; and for police, benefits that took decades to achieve. 

A referendum whether or not to engage in a Constitutional Convention will be on the ballot for voters in the next election, November 7, 2017.  The DEA urges you to vote NO.

The Purpose of the Referendum

The unique democratic purpose of New York’s periodic Constitutional Convention referendum is to implement New Yorkers’ inalienable right to alter their Constitution in cases where the interests of the Legislature and The People conflict.  New York’s Constitution allows the people to exercise this right once every 20 years.  To realize this democratic purpose, a Convention must be substantially independent of the Legislature’s control.  For example, New York’s Constitution prohibits the Legislature from directly limiting a Convention’s agenda.  The agenda is placed in the hands of the people independently of the Legislature.  Democratic accountability is primarily sought by granting the people three votes over the process:

To call a Convention;

To elect Delegates to a Convention; and

To ratify any Amendments a Convention might propose for their consideration.

The people cannot ratify any constitutional change in conflict with federal law, including the U.S. Constitution.

Constitutional Convention Milestones

On November 7, 2017 … a popular vote on the Constitutional Convention referendum takes place.

On November 6, 2018 … there will be a popular vote for Constitutional Convention Delegates.  Three (3) Delegates will be elected to each of the 63 Senate Districts, plus 15 additional Delegates statewide.

April 2, 2019 … a Constitutional Convention convenes.

November 5, 2019 … a popular vote on the Constitutional Convention recommendations.

Again, it is the position of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. that a New York State Constitutional Convention is both unnecessary and dangerous to our collective bargaining rights, our pensions, our Defined Benefit plan (VSF), and to the level of our health benefits and other labor rights that we have achieved in New York State. 

The People of the State of New York already have a 365-days-per-year process to amend and rectify our State Constitution with the daily, weekly, monthly, and annual legislative process.  The People elect their own representatives locally, and to the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, and in turn these representatives make and amend State law as needed by The People.  This is an ongoing process which allows for thoughtful and productive examination of the existing laws enumerated in the Constitution at all times; and it is a completely unnecessary risk and expense to engage in any additional process which may undo the hard won benefits, laws, rules, and regulations of the State of New York, which, in some cases, took us personally decades to achieve.

The last Constitutional Convention took place in 1967.  Clearly, there has not been a real need in 50 years for another.  But today there are loud and powerful voices looking to scapegoat public sector workers and their benefit gains, and consequently, we are facing serious risk of having our labor rights and benefits significantly diminished.

Therefore, we urge our members to vote NO when the Constitutional Convention is placed on the ballot in November of 2017.  There are much better ways in which $100-million or so of our tax dollars may be spent.

The DEA gets many inquiries from our members about DEA cards and other items (shield cases, etc.) being sold on ebay, Craigslist, or elsewhere on the Internet. This is an issue the union has been aware of and has been working on for many years.

 

It is deeply offensive to the membership to see DEA cards for sale on various websites on the Internet. If you see sales of our cards online, please contact DEA Headquarters Trustee Patrick Donohue at patrickdonohue@nycdetectives.org

 

Each DEA card carries the disclaimer/information, “This card is the property of the NYC DEA. It may not be sold or duplicated, except by the NYC DEA.  This card may be confiscated by any law enforcement officer.” 

 

Please be advised that the DEA can also have an item removed from ebay if a vendor is violating our trademarked name, logo, and motto by manufacturing and selling an unauthorized item that the DEA does not create, but which carries our name, logo, initials, or our “Greatest Detectives in the World” motto. In those instances, the DEA can use the ebay “VERO” (copyright verification) program and file a report with the website stating the item for sale is in violation of our trademarks. We have been successful in removing items for sale (fake parking placards, etc. for instance) that violate our trademark holdings.

 

In addition, authentic police gear (such as full-sized NYPD shields, NYPD flak jackets, etc.) may also not be sold on ebay.

 

If you see a DEA item for sale on ebay, Craigslist, or another Internet site and the item appears to be fake or counterfeit, please email the link to Patrick Donohue at patrickdonohue@nycdetectives.org  … and Sam Katz at samkatz@nycdetectives.organd the union will investigate the situation.

 

DEA members, both active and retired, are advised to exercise discretion regarding to whom they gift DEA cards. Commemorative cards should not be dispensed to individuals of questionable character as it could result in a negative reflection on our membership and on our union. 

 

Thank you.

 

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