With the grim state of the city budget a hot topic these days, questions are being raised about how long we can continue to sustain the heavy financial burden that comes from the city's pension system for municipal retirees. Last year the city paid out a total of 9% of its budget ($5.6 billion total) for its pensions and analysts project that percentage is only expected to rise. Former NYPD officer and current State Senator Martin Golden told the Post, "Everything's got to be explored...The bottom line is everything's on the table."What Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson would specifically like on the table is the "20-and-out" retirement plan for municipal workers. Bloomberg said, "Right now, we are paying full retirement benefits to people in their 40s. As people are living longer, we simply can't afford to do it forever."
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Resolution 2 directs the IAFF to delete Article XV, Section 3 and insert a new subsection to the list of defined misconduct as “working a secondary job part-time, paid on call, volunteer or otherwise as a firefighter, emergency medical services worker, public safety or law enforcement officer, or as a worker in a related service, whether in the public or private sector, where such job is within the work jurisdiction of any affiliate or which adversely impacts the interests of any affiliate or the IAFF.Upon a finding of guilt…it is recommended that the penalty include disqualification from holding office in any affiliate and/or expulsion from membership for the period that the misconduct persists. Charges filed for the misconduct described…shall be preferred by a member of the charged party’s local and/or member of an adversely affected affiliate.”
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Yesterday I talked about Jay Lowry and his podcast comments about maintaining a calm voice during radio transmission.
Well, here's the ultimate example of that: Captain Chesley Sullenberger, at the wheel of an Airbus A320 with both engines gone, 155 souls on board and his own ass on the line.
Cool. As. Ice.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
“We don’t do as well on these multiple-choice tests,” said Capt. Otis Jordan, president of the Houston Black Firefighters Association. Jordan and the HBFA are not part of the suit. “I compare fighting a fire, riding an apparatus, to playing football. Your best athlete might not be the straight-A student.”
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I'm a little late on this, but...
Northern NY police: patient shot and killed EMT
- January 31, 2009
CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. - Police in northern New York are investigating the death of a 25-year-old emergency medical technician who they say was shot and killed by a patient he was trying to help.
Mark Davis died after he was shot in the Canadian border town of Cape Vincent late Friday. According to police reports, Davis and two others responded to the home of 25-year-old Christopher Burke and were treating him when he became agitated, got a high-powered rifle and fired two shots, hitting Davis.
It wasn't immediately clear who called for the EMTs or why. Davis was working with the with the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department.
Burke was arraigned Saturday morning on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
- 27 firefighters call in sick Sunday; five stations forced to close in Atlanta, Georgia
- Union president says budget cuts have left firefighters 'beaten down and run-down'
- He says he doesn't believe call-ins were part of organized effort
- Fire chief says Super Bowl Sunday historically contributes to absenteeism