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Message from State President Colligan & Executive VP Marc Kovar: Support Brother Nicholas Maresca

A message from State President Colligan and Executive VP Marc Kovar:

Hopatcong PBA Local 149 is asking members to come out and support Brother Nicholas Maresca at his pre trial conference on February 16th. Many of you have seen the "bunny incident" on social media which was a purposeful attempt by the perpetrator to cause a disturbance for viral attention. Hopatcong PBA Local 149 is asking members to show up and support Brother Maresca at his hearing at 0900 hours, February 16, 2017. The hearing will take place at the Sparta Twp Municipal Court House, 65 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871.

For more information contact Brother David Kraus Delegate Hopatcong PBA Local 149.

NJSPBA President Colligan Endorses Cryan for State Senate

WOODBRIDGE- New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan today released the following statement endorsing County Sheriff Joseph Cryan’s campaign to represent the 20th Legislative District in the State Senate. Cryan announced his candidacy after Senator Raymond Lesniak stated that he will be running for Governor and following declarations of support from Chairman Jerry Green, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and 20th District Assembly members Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley.

“Whether as Undersheriff, an Assemblyman or as Sheriff, Joe Cryan has always been a friend to law enforcement,” said PBA President Pat Colligan.  “Sheriff Cryan understands the difficulties and dangers our members are confronted with each day and he has always been willing to work with us towards the common goals of keeping our streets safe and our neighborhoods protected.  I consider Joe a friend and intend to do everything possible to help get him elected and back down in Trenton in the State Senate fighting for the working men and women of the PBA.”

Article by Fox News Politics: "GOP congressman takes down colleague's sponsored 'art' depicting police as pigs"

A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex.

“I was angry,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told FoxNews.com. “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.”

Hunter said he walked over to the artwork Friday morning with a few colleagues and unscrewed it. He then delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman whose office had allowed the piece to be displayed. The painting, hanging since June, was done by a high school student who had won Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition.

Read Full Article Here

Letter from NJSPBA President Patrick Collegian to Rep. Duncan Hunter

NAPO Letter to Congressman Clay Over Anti-Police Painting

Please read the National Association of Police Organization's (NAPO) letter to condemn in the strongest possible terms the anti-police painting hung in a hallway in our nation’s Capitol.

View NAPO Letter Here

A message from State President Colligan:

I realize it is short notice but please read the press release from PBA local 188. A small group has taken issue with the blue line that the borough of Flemington has painted down Main Street. A blue line painted on a road is just simply support for law enforcement. Hopefully you can find the time to come and support PBA local 188.

Hunterdon County PBA 188 Statement, reference Thin Blue Line on Main Street, Flemington:

It has come to the attention of Hunterdon County PBA 188, that issue has been raised with Flemington Borough’s Thin Blue Line on Main Street. On Thursday December 15th, Flemington DIY will be hosting a “Conversation on the Blue Line: A panel on Race Relations in Rural New Jersey” from 7pm-9:30pm.

Flemington DIY has invited the following people as their featured panelists:

Yamiesha Bell (Founder of Black Lives Matter, Rutgers)

Alexa Offenhauer (Hunterdon County Anti-Racist Coalition)

Jeff Wilhelms (Race Relations Professor at Rutgers University / Vice President of the Toms River Area N.A.A.C.P.)

Two Members of Flemington Borough Council will be there as well.

A Statement from Hunterdon County PBA 188:

The Hunterdon County PBA does not perceive this line as a divide between the police and the community, we see it as unity. If it is the belief that the Thin Blue Line is against any specific race or ethnicity, or that the line alienates diversity, is offensive to those 137 Law enforcement officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty this year. The Borough of Flemington has shown overwhelming support for its law enforcement officers and from the community who are made up of wonderful people.

The Thin Blue Line has been a symbol of law enforcement since the mid 1980’s to commemorate the fallen and support law enforcement. It symbolizes the positive relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect. Recently, it has also represented a stance that we are all in this together, as protectors of our citizens and stand united against the criminal element.

Flemington Borough recently made a statement to their community by painting this symbol on their Main Street. This statement signifies their support and value for law enforcement. The Borough, as well as many municipalities around the state, have chosen to show support to members of the law enforcement community that risk their lives every day in dedicated service to their communities and country.

We would like to thank Flemington Borough and the many other towns that support us as peacekeepers in their communities. We hope that the support they have for us will rise above politics.

We hope the citizens in our community will come out and support the Blue Line on Thursday December 15th starting at 7pm. This will take place at Flemington DIY, located at 90 Main Street (connected to the police department).

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Dear Trenton: a race to the VERY bottom!

To my friends in the NJ State Legislature, let me start this message by saying that my sister used to believe I was so far to the “right,” I didn’t need left shirt sleeves. Tony Wieners used to say those of us in law enforcement were conservatives with Democratic needs. Whether you are right, center or left, I just have to get S-1711 off my chest this month. In case you voted on it and didn’t get a chance to peruse it, please allow me to give you some CliffNotes from the bill:

- Amending or terminating any existing contracts (excluding financing instruments such as bonds);
- Modifying the terms, including wages and hours, or other terms of collective negotiations agreements or terminating any collective negotiations agreements to which the municipality is a party;
- Negotiating, on behalf of the municipality, future collective bargaining agreements;
- Abolishing any positions in the municipality;
- Unilaterally appointing, transferring, or removing employees.

Humor me and please go back and re-read that just one more time; it’s kind of important to those of us who have dedicated our lives to serving the citizens of New Jersey. Allow me to pull the old “Miriam Webster says” for a second. Unilateral means: “Done or undertaken by one person or party.”

Anybody want to hazard a guess who that might be?

Now, forgive me for insulting anybody but that places New Jersey public workers’ rights somewhere below Mississippi and a slight tick above China. I say New Jersey because that bill doesn’t say Atlantic City anywhere in its 22 pages. I checked.

This is a bill for all of New Jersey (granted, with some parameters). I’m not sure how anybody on either side of the aisle doesn’t read that and have the bejesus scared out of them. It really is a race to the very bottom. I hope that those of you who voted for it get another bite at the apple. I suspect you will.… Read More

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