An 1,100-member bargaining unit — consisting of the state’s university, park, and environmental police and forest rangers — has officially ditched its affiliation with Council 82 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
On Friday, the state Public Employment Relations Board certified the Police Benevolent Association of New York State to represent the employees, who under Council 82 rejected a Cuomo administration contract devoid of the traditional salary “step” increases.
Here's the main part of the statement issued by the PBA on Friday:
"The campaign to declare independence was built around a simple notion, that for women and men of law enforcement serving in state agencies deserve to be represented by those who know their concerns, and the needs of their families," Manuel M. Vilar, President of the PBA of New York State and a Park Police Sergeant based on Long Island said. "The PBA of New York State is fully prepared, clearly focused and proud to
serve - the campaign is over, now it is time to get to work and our number one priority will be to seek an opportunity to participate in negotiations that for far too long languished, and failed to include the voice of our members. We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and being a partner to deliver a fair and equitable contract for our
"The ALES unit has been working without a contract since 2005."
"Robert Inman, Chief Administrative Officer of the union, and an
Environmental Conservation Officer based in Pulaski said: "In my 30
years in law enforcement, I have never seen a group of officers, with
multiple points-of-view and agency perspectives unite as a group in
order to collectively fight for better the working conditions of all of
"In addition to Vilar, and Inman the officers and executive board
includes: James McCartney, Treasurer and an University Police Officer
based in Delhi; Adam Pickett, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and
a Forest Ranger based in Herkimer; Michael Mabee, Vice President/Chief
Communication officer and an University Police Lieutenant based in
Albany; and Bernard Rivers, Secretary and an Environmental Conservation
Lieutenant based in New York City."
"The PBA of New York State (www.pbanys.org) today announced it has
retained the services of Hinman Straub Advisors (www.hinmanstraub.com)
to provide government relations expertise; and Corning Place Consulting
(www.corningplace.com) to support its strategic communications and media
"Based in Albany, the firms will work closely with the law offices of
Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O'Shea (www.gdwo.net) to provide an experienced
and respected professional team with a reputation for integrity,
achievement and effective client service."