Talk of the Sound has obtained a copy of a message that has been distributed online to "all active members of the New Rochelle PBA" by PBA President Ray Andolina.
As you all know, two NYC Police Officers were executed today in Brooklyn. Immediately upon learning of this horrible, senseless act of cowardice, I first thought of the rally planned for Sunday at City Hall. As the current President of the New Rochelle PBA, I contacted Council member Jared Rice. I told Mr. Rice that he should cancel the rally in light of the events in Brooklyn. I also advised Mr. Rice that it was our position that such a rally would be perceived that a problem exists between the community we serve and our members, which is not the case. Mr. Rice answered that he was not an organizer of the event, and that he wasn't sure that the event could be canceled in time but would instead suggest a "peace rally." I reiterated that any event would be inappropriate at this time and asked him to reach out to whomever the organizers are with our request. Mr. Rice agreed and stated he would "make some calls." A while later Mr. Rice called me back on a conference call with the organizers of tomorrows event. They expressed their deepest condolences to the police community for the murder of the two officers in Brooklyn and stated that they condemn any type of violence in conjunction with getting their message out. The organizers agreed to cancel tomorrows rally but have concerns that the message might not get to everyone who was going to attend. They assured me they were going to work on it tonight, thorough social media. They are also going to show up at City Hall at 12 to "turn back" any who do show up to rally. The tone of the conversation was civil and the organizers wanted our membership to know they were not anti-police. I will be there tomorrow and judge for myself. We shall see. You should also know that I have been in touch with the incoming President, Christopher Greco, who offered very valuable thoughts on how we, as a PBA, are going to move forward regarding these issues.
I am requesting and reminding that in light of today's events in Brooklyn, all active members be diligent in their duties more so now than ever.
1) Don't bury your heads in the computers or on your cells.
2) When responding to calls, wait for your back up. Also, if you are available, respond to other calls "In Service" Especially adjoining sectors.
3) Back ups on ALL car stops.
4) Don't be complacent when approaching vehicles. Remember your training!
4) Wear your vests!
Brothers and Sisters, we have to look out for each other, as I said, now more than ever. Please feel free to post any other precautions.
Retired members who are reading this your "wisdom" would be welcome also.
Supervisors, please read at roll call. Thanks