Dear Fellow Sergeant,
We are living and working in very precarious times. Crime is surging in New York City – and throughout the United States – as elected officials at all levels of government have turned their backs on the police.
New York is at the forefront of the crime epidemic. Every day we read about so many violent crimes that there is no longer any shock value associated with them. Shootings, stabbings, slashings, random assaults of innocent people, and subway attacks have become the norm.
The NYPD is working hard to make arrests and remove guns from the street but in so many cases the suspects are quickly released with little or no bail.
The police are doing their job, but the system is not working. Sadly, the elected officials responsible for this chaos will not admit their mistakes and are even doubling down on the horrific “reforms” that brought us to this untenable place.
We take our oaths to protect and serve very seriously and can only hope that with continued pressure the public officials who have created this climate of lawlessness will put the safety of all New Yorkers above their own political and ideological agendas.
Now that retroactive pay for the recently settled contract has been distributed, we have already contacted the City about our readiness to embark on a new round of contract negotiations.
Hopefully, we can finalize this contract much quicker than the last few have been settled. One of our goals is to move forward in future contract negotiations in a much more timely and efficient manner.
We have also significantly enhanced our optical benefits and are pursuing creative ways to improve our dental and prescription benefits as well. We are constantly working to improve all benefits for the membership – and we will never waver in that commitment.
It was great to see so many of you at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities. The Board members and I are extremely grateful for your votes of confidence.
This SBA administration has immense respect and admiration for the work that you do, so it is wonderful to have your steadfast support.
Thank you for your exemplary work and please continue to remain vigilant and stay safe.
Vincent J. Vallelong
Sergeants Benevolent Association