#550 Aug 6, 2010
| East Brunswick
He Who Dares to Mention Police Pay
»ANOTHER budget season has arrived in the tense municipal chambers of New Jersey, the first since the economy began its slide toward who knows where, and with it a fresh set of worries about what to do when the bills come due.
Layoffs loom. Revenue gaps widen. The word “furlough” has entered daily conversation. So unsettling have the numbers proved, in fact, that some elected officials have begun to ask aloud a question that previously was uttered only in private: How much more can we afford to pay our police?
“The public is unaware of how expensive this is,” said L. Mason Neely, the chief financial officer in this sprawling Middlesex County township for the last 34 years.“It may be time to rethink the whole structure of how we deal with public safety and what we pay, and how soon we retire people.”
When you say things like that in public — as Mr. Neely has for decades now, longer than almost anybody in the state — you get two reactions: outrage from the police and firefighters, whose dangerous jobs are a bulwark against chaos; and whispered assertions of support from local officials who have watched public safety costs consume ever-larger portions of their budgets, but who have to face, as Mr. Neely does not, the voters and the powerful unions that shape elections.
“I can’t tell you how many people privately say,‘I agree, it’s a big problem,’ but they’re intimidated,” Mr. Neely said.
So it was a sign of just how dire times are when a prominent Democratic county executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. of Essex County, stood beside the Republican mayor of the small Bergen County borough of Closter, Sophie Heymann, at a press conference a few weeks ago and called for reforms to the binding arbitration system that governs police and fire contracts.
“Everybody is discussing it — this is like the No. 1 issue now in the state,” Mr. DiVincenzo said last week.“Everybody supports it, everybody knows it’s the right thing to do, but who would stand up and be counted?”
SEE FULL STORY ....SEE EVERYBODY AGREES OVER PAYED!!!http://www.nytimes.com /2009/03/22/nyregion/new-jerse y/0322colnj.html?_r=1&page wanted=all
#551 Aug 6, 2010
Good for E. Bunswick and other little towns with little or fewer crimes. This is just what we need.
Cops are doing their job and we are grateful.
#552 Aug 10, 2010
They do a nice job. The streets are safe and traffic flows just fine despite the volume.
That being said, you have to question any one who says he is a libertarian. It is just another name for an anti-social loser who wants to blame others for his/her problems.
If I were to venture a guess, I would say that this anti-social loser got a dwi or was arrested for some other pathetic act.
If you had any sense at all you would realize that lawsuits are part of any business. They seem to be minimal payouts at best to avoid trial.
Mr. Libertarian, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. But you must admit you speak for only a minute segment of our otherwise great country. I look forward to your response.
#553 Aug 11, 2010
I know the feeling. I think Plainsboro Police is worst. When certain people are out walking and they are grown. The first quesion is WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUT HERE? They always seem to stop certain people. The rules don't apply for everyone out there.
#554 Aug 12, 2010
So all Libertarians are "Anti-Social Losers"? That's a pretty narrow minded and ignorant statment. So now I'm here wondering what that makes you, sir?
BTW- I'm very happy with the police work done in East Brunswick. The school systems and police force's ability to keep order are one of the reasons my wife and I moved here. Keep up the good work.
#555 Sep 21, 2010
Are you kidding me, cops arent stopping the crime, peolpe have evolved to know whats right and wrong! the topic is "IS EB Police harrasing anyone" and the answer is yes. I lived in EB from 1982 til 1995 when i just got fed up and had to leave the worthless ass town. I have been pulled over 3 times in one day by officers. I have recieved stitches from these officers as well, saying i'm resisting arrest, LOL LOL... who in there right mind would resist arrest, that's there way of saying you flenched!
Just the other day I wrote a letter to the EB police force saying how they beat me up 15 years ago and that I had many medicals bills to pay and added that what go's around comes around!!I'm bangin!!!!!
These fucks come to my house looking for me, then send me a court date, saying i'm harrasing them! LOL LOL LOL are these fucks kidding me! Court date is Sept 28th @ 5pm for all who wanna see some shit go down please join me..... Just trying to figure out how I'm harassing them??? Prick ass dective who called me on the phone said what does the word bangin mean you gonna shoot one of us? Sorry mr. Detective thought you were up on your EBONIX fucker!!
Bangin Means (NICE)
Let's use it in some sentences
The Jets game was (BANGIN) last night
that new areosmith song is (BANGIN)
Were did you get them sneakers they are Bangin!!
this Burger is bangin
so when the EB cops read my letter and I put what "Go's Around Comes Around" "I'm Bangin" these bored ass fucks come running to my house like im a terrorist!
I'm still Bangin, shit I'm bangin all the way to court sept 28th 5pm!
These fucks harrased me for 10 years straight, Now a days I just stay out of the worthless shitty as town there aint shit there any ways , a bunch of stores about to go out of business. Way to many cops than they need, BOYCOTT EB BOYCOTT!!!!!!!
#556 Sep 25, 2010
I just gotta another ticket for delay of making left turn what the hell is that. All my tickets an points have been from east brunswick including 2 dwi's that were dropped.
#557 Sep 30, 2010
@Southave, Please my man stay out of EAST BRUNSWICK, BOYCOTT it
(((SHUT IT DOWN))) shut all there business down, everything, just BOYCOTT it...
I know you have to go places and EB is dead in the middle of everything, but gonna cost you more in tickets then to spend a little more on gas/time but well worth it!!!
Town just wants money to pay for all the police they hired, so they drive around an give tickets for dumb shit!!! You ever see that movie amityville horror???? """"GET OUT""""
BOYCOTT, i'm making t-shirts you want one???????
#558 Oct 22, 2010
They do a good job especially in such a diverse community. I'm told there are even several gay officers,which can be quite helpful.
#559 Oct 23, 2010
Great. But there is no need to name names,thank you.
#560 Oct 26, 2010
I agree with you completely on the speeding issue. It is the exact same thing here in Lawrence Brook. The cars regularly hit close to 50 miles per hour during all hours of the day and the police have NEVER even bothered to show up at least once. The neighbors and I have complained to everyone from the Mayor to the Safety Director and we get NOTHING but talk and NO action.
What a joke of a department and waste of taxpayers money on those clowns. I can't wait to move out of here and never come back.
#561 Nov 6, 2010
Boycott E.B.!!! Al sharpton we need you to come down to East Bullshitwick! Shit will never be forgotten Mr. Officer...
There was not one empty seat in the court room with people standing against the wall how many tickets do they give every day, its is ridiculous already!
#562 Nov 6, 2010
hahhaaa they are only looking for certain skin colors to pull over, you get a free pass so speed with the rest of them!!! [email protected] it....
#563 Nov 23, 2010
Thanks Turtle. I am white and took your advice and speed as fast as I want up and down Whitehall now. There hasn't been a cop policing this street for years and everyone knows it that cuts through Lawrence Brook to hit the turnpike. I now go close to 50 miles an hour every time I step in the car and want to get to either the turnpike or Ryders Lane without ANY fear of seeing a police officer with a radar gun. Thanks again, EBPD, for your neglect of duty and enjoy those doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts!!!!
Since: Dec 10
#564 Dec 13, 2010
I got a ticket for delay of left turn? I never even heard of that , they make up tickets in East Brunswick. Plus 2 DWI's which were dropped because the police were crooked.
#565 Dec 15, 2010
Why are they harassing the same residents who pay their salaries?
#566 Feb 1, 2011
i hate the police in EB!!! this is whats wrong with this country....every one of you pathetic people take NO...and i mean NO repsonsibilty for your actions and even admit that you could possibly be wrong...instead lets blame the police.....waaaaaaah!!!!!!!! not saying that every cop is perfect either...there are some out there that are total idiots.....but i would put my mortgage and bank account that at least 75-80% are in the wrong....if not HIGHER
#567 Feb 1, 2011
Not me, like police to check people out. They are doing their job and keeping E. Brunswicj safe.:)
#568 Feb 7, 2011
Many are making much of a newspaper report that New Jersey police salaries are the highest in the land. To paraphrase a man who puts his life on the line every day to protect his community: Does a bullet feel any different if it's fired in, say, Lyndhurst, than it does in Paterson? Know how many cops have been killed in the line of duty in Lyndhurst? Four. In Paterson? The same.
Top of the heap in cop salaries, the Newark Star-Ledger said, is Bergen County -- coincidentally one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. In fact, the story began with a cop in Closter, literally up the road from where I live.
You know how often I've seen Closter police respond to accidents and other incidents? A lot. Sometimes they're dealing with dead people inside wrecked vehicles, other times with domestic disputes and sometimes with weapons calls. At no time can they be 100 percent that a seemingly routine incident won't turn into a dangerous confrontation.
Ask police in hoity-toity Glen Rock, where a drunken man threatened to shoot three officers, then got into a fistfight with them. Or in tiny Elmwood Park, where a man with a loaded shotgun kept a SWAT team at bay for nearly three hours.
Then again, you could try New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro:
After rushing to a report of a vehicle stuck in a ditch, two of his officers came up against a familiar face -- that of 59-year-old Daniel Cardinali, who just weeks earlier tangled with patrolmen sent to his house.
This time, Cardinali began swinging a club before he was subdued -- the eighth time this summer a police officer in tiny, working-class New Milford was attacked.
At last year's funeral for slain JCPO
“When people complain about how much officers are paid, they should ask themselves if they could stand up to situations such as these and conduct themselves as professionally as did these officers,” Papapietro said.“They should ask themselves if they could even keep from running away."
I've been in journalism 30 years and I never saw a colleague do anything beyond ask questions, take notes or take photos. I had a knife put to my throat in a Perth Amboy housing project while on an assignment late one weekend night. How many other "journalists" can say the same?
Let’s imagine, for a moment, a state without arbitration, where legions of police simply walk off the job. First thing anyone would be doing is begging them to come back.
And not just to combat crime.
"How about when a child's hand gets caught in the spokes of a bicycle chain, and we're there in seconds with bolt cutters," said a local officer I know. "Or someone not breathing? There's fast response with the proper training and equipment.
"You're afraid at night, and help arrives. Your kid walks to school, looks around and there is a patrol car near," he added. "Go to a different state or area and only ambulance crews respond to an emergency.
"The protection, equipment and response are what you pay for."
#569 Feb 16, 2011
nope they are just doing their job...if you were "harassed" then you must have been doing something wrong!!!!!
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