Making a Deal with the Devil

21Oct08

The Stratford Police Union Local 407 president has been suspended for 90 days without pay and demoted from Captain to Sergeant.

This is the result of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars for an “investigation” into Mirongate. Did we get our money’s worth? It was always about Miron’s revenge after all. As usual it cost us money.

For now, the police site is back up and running:

Police Union Site

They are promising a new improved site to come. What they should be doing is making all Stratford citizens aware of how their Police Department is run.

If you are Deputy Thief Loschiavo, you can violate the law at will on Town time. If you are an honest cop, you are suspended and demoted.

You read it in the Post:

Police union head suspended
By RICHARD WEIZEL
Staff writer
Article Last Updated: 10/21/2008 02:31:48 PM EDT

STRATFORD — Police Union President Joseph McNeil was demoted from the rank of captain to sergeant Tuesday and suspended without pay three months for his alleged role in the illegal leak earlier this year of personal background on former police applicant Christian Miron, the brother of Mayor James R. Miron.

The mayor said Tuesday he recused himself from “the entire disciplinary process” because the investigation was related to his brother’s personnel file.

Anyone? Does anyone at all believe that?

“The discipline imposed is due to the severity of this offense,” Chief Administrative Officer Suzanne McCauley, who was the hearing officer in the McNeil case and made the final decision, said in a statement Tuesday.

McCauley said she strongly considered firing McNeil, a 17-year-veteran of the local Police Department.

“As the hearing officer in this matter I made the decision,” McCauley said. “The town of Stratford has no further comments, as it is a personnel matter.”

Does anyone believe that either? This decision was made when Miron’s file got leaked. And which cop provided the only accusations against the Union President?.

Captain Popick

Captain Popick

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71 Responses to “Making a Deal with the Devil”

  1. 1 1george1

    Instead of anonymously posting on this BLOG and the CT. POST blog,
    why not have the union attorney compose a letter to the editor citing
    specific instances of alleged misconduct and abuses, signed by all of the
    union members.

    The Union attorney would know what can and can not be publicly
    stated and what / where, union regulations place limits.

    However, since this is no longer a criminal investigation, I know of NO
    reason why anyone’s right to Free Speach or writen expression thereof
    could be abridged and/or subject to discipline?

    If Mirons / Burturlas squash the Rights of the Police, sue them PERSONALLY,
    as I tried to do with MOSSMAN.

    If the NATIONAL and STATE UNIONS, back the LOCAL, all hell can break loose.

    If there are CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS Violations, then the ACLU can be
    involved.

    If there are UNFAIR LABOR practices, it is a matter for the NLRB.

    I would hate to think our police can be intimidated (if they are right?)

  2. 2 nnanerak

    I look forward to the disciplinary hearing of the Deputy Chief with regard to HIS clearly documented faux paux on Oct 9 on the Merritt at 91 mph in our town’s car not on a call. (I hope he and his family feel the same pain and humiliation that his involvement of hiring UNQUALIFIED AND UNFIT OFFICERS has caused.) Just because he didn’t technically get “written a ticket” doesn’t mean he didn’t have GROSSLY NEGLIGENT actions that have a huge impact on Stratford.(Does the term conduct unbecoming..ring any bells???) So Ms. Mcauley get ready for another round of making decisions on your own, just remember this guy is “at will”. This one should be a cinch as it is much more clear cut. If the Chief of police is not able to do his job in this situation , as the chief administrative officer in this town it is YOUR JOB to handle this case with equally harsh punishment-again the mayor should recuse himself as he has a “relationship” with the dc.
    CAPTAIN MC NEIL CLEARLY HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN TO HAVE VIOLATED ANY LAWS, but the DEPUTY CHIEF CLEARLY HAS VIOLATED MULTIPLE LAWS not to mention police policy. Everyone in town is waitng to see the clear and harsh dicipline that will be meated out to the dc. It clearly and well documented that this event DID occur. The punishment for this should absolutely be much more severe than CAPTAIN MC NEIL’s undefined policy violation-he didn’t break any laws the dc did undisputably.
    If the Department and CAO don’t take equally harsh action, I hear that the newest thing in a tax give away is going to be the SLEAZ-Y PASS(speeding loschiavo eazy pass)
    to all the residents in Stratford that need a get out of a speeding ticket pass……

  3. 3 1george1

    Anything new on the whistle blower aspect of this case?

    Has the ACLU been contacted?

    There will be grievance and arbitration for back pay?

    Will there be law suits vs. Mirons / Burturlas / LoSchiavo personally,
    where the Town supposedly could not pick up the tab for defense?

    By ringing up legal bills, paid by town Taxes, will not get Public support.
    However, if McNeil & Union went after the bad guys on a personal basis
    for Civil Rights violations, they could force them to use town assets or
    pay out og their pocket. It helps build a case of pulbic opinion, which
    can have a future result and perhaps a successful law suit.

    There are significant limits for compensation in Labor Law, which are less
    restrictive in Civil and Constitutional venues.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    George,

    In order for the whistleblower act to be effective, McNeil will have to admit disclosure of evidence which is something he has denied.

    The second problem with the whistleblower act is that it is “enforced” by the CHRO. It would likely take years before there is even a hearing. The CHRO has rendered most of these protections irrelevant by their inaction to those that are supposed to be protected .

    Captain McNeil will suffer a 90 day suspension without pay and a reduction in salary while his grievance/appeal/arbitration grinds on. He is actually better off than the others Miron has fired for no reason other than their inability to genuflect. McNeil will retain his health benefits, pension, and eventually his salary. Not so for the others.

    What Local 407 must realize is that this is not only a police issue. McCauley, Buturla (either one), Loschiavo (any of them) only do what Miron orders them to do. The issue is, and has been for 3 years, James R. Miron and the corruption and insanity he has brought with him.

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Speaking of Devils, here’s a blast from the past:

    Haddad makes himself known
    By Hiroko Sato, hsato@lowellsun.com
    Article Launched: 10/22/2008 06:43:44 AM EDT

    GROTON — Joseph Loschiavo vividly remembered Mark Haddad answering questions from the audience at a town budget hearing in Stratford, Conn., early 2007, citing figures for various line items in the $171 million proposed spending plan.

    Haddad had been hired as the town’s chief administrative officer only in December 2006, said Loschiavo, deputy police chief for the town. In a matter of weeks, he helped draft the 100-plus-page budget and had every little detail right at his fingertips, said town Finance Director John Norko.

    “I was impressed,” Loschiavo said.

    Haddad is ready to use his financial skills to wow town officials again — this time in Groton. He began his job as Groton’s first-ever town manager Tuesday. While going from building to building and introducing himself to the town employees, he already had his mind set on his top priority — fiscal 2010 budget.

    “I’m not afraid of taking on any task,” Haddad said, holding up the copies of the budgets from past two years that he had just picked up in the morning.

    Haddad, 44-year-old former Littleton town administrator, has cast himself as a financial guru during the job interviews. It’s a skill he honed as a 22-year-old administrative assistant to the Brewster Board of Selectmen between 1987 and 1988, acting as a town accountant and deputy assessor while performing all sorts of chores that came his way, Haddad said.

    The Brewster job was a big step up from his internship under former Acton Town Manager Bernie Murphy during his senior year at Merrimack College. Listening to Murphy passionately talk about town administration and shadowing the department heads, Haddad said he suddenly understood how highway and other town services are provided and exactly where tax dollars were going. And he used the hands-on experience and insight to better manage municipal spending in all the towns he went to work for in his 22-year career.

    While working in Littleton from 1988 to 1997, Haddad has said he successfully negotiated with labor unions for health insurance plans changes, saving the town $130,000. He is also proud of having a program started in the town of Cohasset to provide seniors with quicker access to medical care while bringing in revenues while serving as the first town manager there from 1997 to 2004. Implementing such a program that saves lives gives him a sense of reward, Haddad said.

    He left Cohasset following sexual harassment allegations that two female town employees brought against him. He maintains that the accusations were retaliation for his having disciplined two police officers, who were both later reinstated. Haddad has pointed out that neither woman filed a formal complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination or in court. But, the allegations haunted him from that point on; Haddad resigned from his job in Stratford last October after the Cohasset incidents resurfaced as an issue in a political fight involving the Stratford mayor who appointed Haddad. Haddad has said the town counsel in Jamestown, R.I. — where he served as the town administrator for six months between 2004 and 2005 — was inundated with anonymous letters about him. He said he believes the “smear campaign” against him may be still going on to this day.

    Haddad said he wants people in Groton to get to know him for who he is. And town employees are so far doing just that.

    “I like him,” Assistant Assessor Rena Swezey said of Haddad after sitting down with him to go over the department business yesterday. Swezey, who participated in the process to narrow down the field of town manager finalists earlier this month, said Haddad seemed to have the most experience of all the candidates.

    “I was glad to see he was the choice,” Swezey said.

    Council on Aging Director Martha Campbell also said Haddad was engaging and showed good understanding of what her department does during his visit to the senior center yesterday.

    Littleton Building Commissioner Roland Bernier described Haddad as a straight-talker whose door was always open to the employees.

    “He was the guy I would go to if I had question and concerns,” Loschiavo said.

    Haddad said yesterday he will likely review vacant positions in Groton to see if it’s necessary to fill them. But, he doesn’t know what other cost-cutting measures he may look into.

    “My vision is to maintain what makes Groton Groton,” Haddad said.

    Haddad, Andover native, has a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University. He is divorced with two sons, ages 8 and 11, and he resides in Fairfield, Conn. He plans to move to the area.

  6. 6 1george1

    Jeze,

    Thank you for the FYI.

    Unsure what CHRO initials mean?

    I can relate to McNeil suspension.
    I had a 10 month suspension.
    Arbitrator reduced it to 30 days.
    I had to pay back all Unemployment.

    Union claimed I had a VICTORY for 9 months Back Pay.
    However, between paying back unemployment and having an unjust
    30 day suspension, it was almost a NET LOSS.

    Add to the FACT that I had to sell a BUILDING LOT, which was my
    RETIREMENT ASSET (besides my home) in Order to survive not having
    any where to work (I tried very hard) the effect was extremely
    punitve, cruel and unusual.

    The USPS management had access to political connections at the highest
    level. Retrospective ly I learned:
    * My phone was tapped;
    * People in Westport Cafe, where I went to unwind, were related to the
    Stamford Sectional Post Master and worked for various political people.
    So even before Mossman spied on me in Mr. P’s, I was spied on and used
    for political agendas, in the 1980s.

    One Agenda they did not expect was in Sept 1987,
    (21 years before T – BOONE)
    I related the GREATEST TRANSFER of WEALTH in HISTORY

    1960 – SEPT 1987, with the CREATION of O.P.E.C.
    and kiting of OIL PRICES from $ 2 to $ 43 a bbl.

    Previously the Texas RR Commission set OIL Prices.
    80 years before, until early 1900s creation of the T-RR-C, Standard
    Oil Trust had a MONOPOLY on OIL pricing.

    DEC 1998 = OIL was $ 10.58 BBL
    JUNE 2008 = OIL was $ 147 BBL

    Enter T – Boone & great wealth trnasfer with O.P.E.C. badguys.

    ———–

    I was a Patriot, doing my duty.

    Unfortunately Pirates run politics.
    CAPT McNeil = suffer from Pirates, same as I did!

  7. 7 jezebel282

    CHRO = Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

  8. 8 jonbest

    I thought this might be of interest when we discuss the application of rules. Specifically election rules.

    http://news12.cv.net/video/CC1021BT.wmv

    Jon Best

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Mr. Best,

    1. That reporter is way prettier than you.
    2. You can tell Mayor Moron is lying. His lips are moving
    3. More money for Rich Buturla to “review” whether Miron is guilty of violating election laws? I’m on pins and needles waiting for THAT opinion.

    (You think maybe this is one of those times when Stratford should have an independent Town Attorney?)

  10. 10 sudds

    George…

    Has it ever dawned on you that maybe after umpteen years of not being able to “beat ’em”… that maybe you should “join ’em”???

    While I admire your rebelious side… it seems like you have paid a major fee for it!!!

    Let me know your thoughts, and you can join me in supporting whatever mayoral candidate is leading in the polls next May! (maybe you can get a high-paying no-show job like I’m trying to line up for myself!!!)

  11. 11 jezebel282

    Sudds!

    “Let me know your thoughts”

    Are you crazy??!!!

    This website stores a finite amount of data! You’re asking for George to type his thoughts?

    George, send Sudds an email, he didn’t mean to post them here!

  12. 12 1george1

    Jeze & Sudds,

    What did General McCauliffe say during the Battle of the Bulge,
    when the Germans asked him to surrender Bastogne?

    I feel it embodies my sentiments about the politcal parties,
    and they way they feel about me.

    Despite my posts about economics, there are costs far more valuable
    than money, which is the “about” only (major) remedy in a Civil Matter.

    There are issues which transcend …

  13. 13 1george1

    The DEVIL took Christ to the Mountain Top.
    Christ did not strike a deal with the Devil….

    …Edited for relevancy by Jezebel…

  14. I’m completely disgusted with respect to the Joe McNeil finding. I have met Suzanne McCauley and thought she was more stand-up than that. Now, she’s proven herself to be more of a puppet, soon, she’ll probably be probably move to Stratford and join the DTC (after switching political parties, of course).

    …Edited by Jezebel at Pat Sperling’s request…

    Smart Cars, Dumb Mayor! Why do all these people need to be supplied with a car?????? If they’re so good, he should’ve turned in his and the Chief’s SUVs. Why are we paying for the Chief’s gas to/fro Roxbury, accidents, repairs, maintenance, insurance, fines, etc., etc.

  15. Jeze ~ I only hit submit once, I swear…..

  16. 16 jezebel282

    PCS,

    No problem. Sometimes you get all worked up.

  17. 17 1george1

    October 14 Town Council Meeting had Norko fending off Gavin, Julian, and
    Henrick about the fact that Norko and McCauley moved money around the
    Budget in ways that they were allowed to do, AND in ways the TOWN COUNCIL,
    by Charter is supposed to do.

    TOO LATE.

    Money has been spent!

    The Town Council voted 6 – 2 NOT to approve the requests for approval.

    Miron sat disinterested. He had his way.
    Norko took the Heat.
    I approached McCauley who had a tear in her eye, because the COUNCIL
    was repudiating that her office had acted against the CHARTER and had
    USURPED Authority that by CHARTER belonged to the COUNCIL.

    While the argument was about TURF, it was also about TRANSPARENCY.

    Back in MARCH, I approached NORKO and McCAULEY about putting the
    DEPARTMENTAL EXPENDITURES on the WEBSITE, in PDF.
    They already e-mail the monthly expenses to FINANCE.

    I spoke to McCAULEY at the Budget Workshop. We spoke again a Month
    after the Budget was ended. I made my case for Complete Transparency.
    McCauley did not think it appropriate.

    I leaned over to McCAULEY and said, not that I am saying I told you so,
    but had you posted what you were doing on the internet, there would
    have been complete Transparency and

    NONE of the PROBLEMS today, would have taken place, if you had the
    complete Transparency on your Expenditures and Transfers I suggested.

    I found it interesting that OBAMA claimed they intended to have a line
    by line GOOGLE of the BUDGET toward complete TRANSPARENCY.

    GOOD ENOUGH for a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH for MIRON and his …. helpers

    I was forwarded a news article about Mark Haddad, with LoSchiavo
    praising him and Norko too.

    I found Haddad to be exceptionally intelligent and sharp on his feet.
    Even Gavin could not shake him.

    Professionally I found Haddad to be COLD and dispassionate.

    Santa has his helpers.

    The Devil has his helpers

  18. 18 1george1

    Knock Knock!
    Who’s there?
    Police.
    Police who?
    Police let us in; it’s cold out here. …

    …Edited by Jezebel for lack of funniness….

  19. 19 jezebel282

    Editor’s Note:

    Pat Sperling contacted me to request that a paragraph containing comments about Mark Haddad be removed. Mr. Haddad is apparently an avid reader of this blog. He contacted Ms. Sperling and implied that he would commence legal action if the posting was not removed.

    While it would have been fascinating to watch him prove in a court that the comments were false, I accepted Ms. Sperling’s request.

    Welcome back, Mark! Some things never change, do they?

  20. 20 nnanerak

    Pat, It is truly a sad day when we have to edit “opinions” and delete “facts” for the benefit of MH. Understand, I would never want to see you dragged into court for being honest and upstanding and exercising your first ammendment rights, maybe it is now your turn to “sue” him over trying to take away those very rights especially if he contacted you by e-mail or in writing. Wouldn’t that be a fantastic twist of fate(sounds like college tuition could be paid for the little one).
    I suppose we all should keep in mind that most things that appear slimy are slimy and only get slimier with time…..you can actually demonstrate that by what happened to you, or scientifically if you so choose. Does this mean we have to only use pseudonyms/initials to stay out of court when we speak the truth?

    Anyone need a SLEAZY pass yet?? 🙂

  21. Jeze ~

    Thank you. There’s other more important personal matters that I need to attend to and it was the first time I posted in a while. Mr. Haddad was adament about the information not being true, so, I’ll take him on his word. While I advised that it was not the first instance where the information was posted and everything was posted here and probably more on Playwright’s blog previously – except it was all done anonymously by other posters. I apologized and advised him that I would request that it be removed and that would be the end of it for me. As he said, he’s no longer in Stratford, hasn’t been for over a year and I’m not going to comment on him again. I could care less.

    There are deeper issues in Stratford or, Corruptford, as someone recently called it. The SPD is in shambles. They (you know, Big Brothers) are making Capt. Joe McNeil take blame for something he didn’t do. There’s just so much BS and corruption in this Town it disgusts me and, if the housing market wasn’t what it is right now, I’d do everything I could to get out. Next year, my daughter starts kindergarten. I’m truly hoping I can trust the school system. While our children are our future, and their education is the most important thing, our politicians would rather spend money frivolously on other items. Give back the town-provided cars – why exactly are they necessary? These people should be paying for their own gas to and from your towns of residence for work. Let’s not even get started about the over-inflated pensions that are sucking our Town dry while the recipients live highly in other Towns. Their children won’t suffer either because they have none or because they moved out of Stratford long ago. The funding that could’ve have gone to the BOE must now go to support the Town’s pension fund. Just think what the Town could’ve done with that money!

    You know, right now, the problems we face are because people think that speaking up about what they believe is wrong won’t matter. It’s not going to make a difference.

    The fight now should be to ensure that Jim Miron is not re-elected in 2009. That work needs to start now.

  22. nnanerak ~

    I can only hope that the “bigger brother” is watching the “big brothers” of Stratford and it’s only a matter of time before some of our favorites are sharing a cell with Rowland, Gamin and Giordano, and all of the CEOs who will no doubt be facing some serious charges for situation we’re all facing right now.

  23. 23 jezebel282

    Pat,

    If you do manage to get out of here, I have a tip for you; skip Groton, CT. You won’t like it there:

    Town manager pick is Haddad
    By Matt Gunderson
    Globe Correspondent / October 23, 2008
    Selectmen cite experience, downplay past controversy

    Despite a background involving allegations in 2004 of sexual harassment in Cohasset, Mark Haddad remains poised to move into the town’s newly established town manager position shortly, say local officials.

    Selectmen unanimously voted last week to pursue contract negotiations with Haddad, a Fairfield, Conn., resident who also served from 1988 to 1997 as the town administrator in Littleton.

    In a phone interview on Monday, Selectman George F. “Fran” Dillon Jr. said selectmen conducted an in-depth investigation into Haddad’s stint in Cohasset as town manager, speaking with Haddad’s past acquaintances and references in Cohasset, and found no evidence to support the harassment allegations leveled against the finalist by two female municipal employees. The case was settled out of court.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/10/23/town_manager_pick_is_haddad/

  24. Jeze ~

    I’m thinking more of VT or NH. I hear they still have real butchers there…..

  25. 25 1george1

    Knock Knock
    – – –
    Jeze has no sense of humor.

  26. 26 mikereynolds

    I believe its Groton, MA not Groton, CT.

    Groton, CT has a mayoral system and Harry Watson (R) is the mayor.

    Pat,
    That must have been an awkward phone call from Mark Haddad. There’s something to be said for anonymity.

  27. Mike ~

    I got home to a message; I was woman enough to return the call.

  28. 28 mikereynolds

    Wow, good for you Pat! I think that took guts. Now only if we had people like you running this town.

    But it is nice to know that Mark Haddad is keeping up on current events by visiting this blog.

  29. 29 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Somebody else called a town “Groton”? That makes more sense. It’s only 36 miles from Groton, MA to Worcester, MA.

  30. Mike ~

    I’ve said before – if you think I’m wrong – call me on it and talk to me about it. I’m willing to hear all sides. I’m highly opinionated, but not so much that I can’t be open to or listen to other sides and ideas.

  31. 31 1george1

    This blog has it’s own ABM
    Anybody But Miron.

  32. 32 jezebel282

    Editor’s Note:

    This has to take some sort of prize as the best posting I’ve seen:

    Dimensions
    New Haven, CT

    10 hrs ago

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of despair, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. I know dear Lord that we will have a new Mayor next November. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t really matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop…. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountaintop. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land…..Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of a New Mayor.

  33. 33 jezebel282

    Umm…who the hell is that in Sperling’s avatar?

  34. Hmm, not sure, but I thought it was me…..

  35. 35 1george1

    CUTE LOOK for the PCS. 😉

    Looks like an improvement on MY edited post about having been the
    MOUNTAINTOP
    1 – Christ
    2 – MLK Jr.
    3 – George Mulligan, who believes what they portrayed and is NO WHERE
    near, I mean NOWHERE NEAR their League.

  36. 36 sudds

    I’ve been to the top of Mt. Washington… can I get on the list too???

  37. 37 1george1

    Sudds,
    Was dat U?

    I thought I recognized Rocki.

  38. 38 helpushelpyou

    Well its been a busy couple of weeks wading through the b@#$s%it. It seems that the investigation against mcneil, at significant taxpayer expense, has revealed that in the paid investigators opinion, mcneil lied. Lets see.

    In the first round of interrogation they asked mcneil if he knew who sent it. He said he did not.
    They then complete the Internal Investigation and give mcneil a copy of the findings.
    In their own findings they seem to point the finger at Farmer. OK. mcneil reads this and calls Farmer. He asked him to come in and be questioned because he is being blamed for the reports release.
    Now at the disciplinary hearing at town hall mcneil is questioned again. He says he called Farmer and asked him if he released the report and if he did so please come in.
    He called farmer based on their assumptions in their IA.
    So they now accuse mcneil of lieing because he said he called farmer, therefore he knows who sent the report out.
    In the meanwhile back at the ranch….not mentioned in the reports is the fact that detective Nilan filed a report stating that info in the IA concerning something he allegedly said was a lie. Capt popik claimed that Nilan told him the union had a copy and was going to mail it out. Well it comes down to either poik or loschiavo not telling the truth about that,..it’s a tough one because popik has been kissing loschiavo’s butt to go to the FBI academy in july. Well popik got his wish and we all know that if you do for loschiavo, he does for you….sooooo
    Anyway, no mention of Nilans report, no mention of the second copy printed about christians background, or other copies printed on other days.
    No mention of some councilman who had copies hand delivered..by whom? not mcneil
    No mention of the fact that popik was responsible for “locking” the file so it could not be accessed by every officer for weeks.
    No mention that the “secret access code” they refer to as mcneils attempt to hide his identity is nothing more than an officers badge number. To access the HUNT SYSTEM ( its on everyones desk top at work) you click on the icon, when the page comes up to access reports you have two choices,..either put in the badge number of the report writer, or you put in the case number. Thats the secret. If you don’t know the case number you put in the badge number. All the reports written by that officer come up.mcneil put in grindrods badge because grindrod did the background of miron. While searching someone then gave him the case number to enter. no deception. its done about 100 times a shift by officers. Its the way the computer works.
    No mention of the fact that mcneil was on mirons interview panel and thaought he did very well and told people who asked him that he was one of the best interviews.

    They put all there eggs in one basket and claim that joe lied because when he called farmer it showed he knew farmer sent the report out even though the reason he called farmer in the first place was because they pointed the finger at him in their Internal investigation.

    I just wonder why the council people who received hand delivered copies are quiet. Was the person wearing a mask.

  39. 39 jezebel282

    Helpus,

    Is this the same Popick that is supposed to get “special” calls from a dispatcher? Won’t he miss them if he uses his free pass from Buturla at Quantico?

  40. 40 nnanerak

    Jez-he is special alright–that little audio recording might just cost him a bit more than a trip to quantico……

  41. 41 1george1

    Quantico is the FBI Training area, correct?

    Yet bloggers disparage my suggestion that certain local police
    A) Have (more than casual) relationships with the FBI

    John Burturla / Tony Schirillo / Tom Moore are past / present CT. STATE TROOPERS,

    Yet bloggers disparage my suggestion that certain local police
    A) Have (more than casual) relationships with the FBI

    I will not list former Stratford police in FBI or CT. State prosecutors or those
    former Town Councilors / Attorneys who were/are CT. Public Defenders.

    Nor shall I list CT & USA Judges who are or were Stratford Attorneys.

    We have far too many:
    contemptatble courts
    dishonorable judges
    criminals in law enforcement
    morons in intelligence
    traitors in the military

    I know the majority are decent and honorable.
    Yet political patronage and fealty makes people too pLIE-ABLE!

    They even make DEAD BEAT DICK looks semi-decent, since he
    has (allegedly) stole less than most, yet from people who truly
    had enough grief in their lives!
    Berchimp should make thosw people whole by supplying tombstones!

  42. 42 helpushelpyou

    Andy Thibault

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    These two are friends of the mayor. lots of overtime and have been caught more than once in the past year with major violations, but nothing is done. They “play ball” with loschiavo and the chief. You do for them, they do for you. So much for maintaining high ethical standards. More than a dozen officers have seen Det Jennings walk around…..lets say,…not very lucid. It has been brought to loschiavo’s attention that he is over medicated ,..but nothing is done. The other, Pinto,..he went to grammar school with miron. He has been caught getting his back waxed at the gym while working and has been working out at gyms for years on duty,..(and then putting in for overtime) he got caught doing that as well but popik investigated the matter….so it went nowhere….so much for maintaining the high standards that miron and buturla were quoted as saying were so important. How about trooper devito(SP?) stopping loschiavo doing 91mph,..no high standard violations there either i guess.
    How about the corrupted hiring practice? isn’t that a violation of high standards…I guess not. But you claim that the union president Lied,..NOW WE HAVE SOMETHING!

    Cool Justice
    Town Hides Cost Of Civil Rights Violations
    By ANDY THIBAULT, Columnist
    Law Tribune Newspapers
    August 11, 2003

    Meet Officer Gross Negligence — Detective William Jennings — and his pal Officer Deliberate Indifference — Detective Gerald Pinto — of the Stratford police.

    Because of Jennings and Pinto, an innocent man spent six months in jail. What’s going to happen to Jennings and Pinto?

    Nothing.

    Jennings’ and Pinto’s victim, Bridgeport native Kenneth Murvin, was working an 8-hour shift on Feb. 8, 1999 – in Florida. Murvin, a safety attendant for an emergency room at a mental health facility, had been living in Florida for two years. Jennings and Pinto knew this, even as the Connecticut Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force planned to extradite Murvin and charge him with a purse snatching that occurred in Stratford on Feb. 8, 1999. Jennings and Pinto did little or nothing to stop Murvin’s illegitimate arrest and incarceration, even after their only witness against Murvin recanted.

    It took Milford police – who were investigating a similar purse snatching in cooperation with Stratford police around that time – about 20 minutes to verify Murvin’s alibis.

    Still, Stratford detectives Jennings and Pinto failed to uphold the law. They failed to ensure that the prosecutor had this exculpatory information. As U.S. District Court Judge Alan Nevas put it in ruling this year that Jennnings, Pinto and the town were liable for civil rights violations: “There is no evidence that [Pinto] did anything to insure that the
    exculpatory information was actually disclosed to the prosecuting attorney responsible for Murvin’s case or was included in Murvin’s file.” Nevas also cited Pinto for his role in failing to alert the task force that probable cause for an arrest no longer existed.

    And so, an innocent man’s freedom was taken.

    “I lost a grandmother sitting in jail,” Murvin told me. “I lost my property. I got bad credit. But things are coming together. When I came back [to my old job] I had open arms from everyone.

    “Nobody is above the law,” Murvin said. “Just because you are a police officer doesn’t mean you can make things stick when they are not true.”

    The citizens of Stratford are paying a price for this police negligence. They just don’t know how much of a price – yet. The settlement of a civil suit against the town was completed on July 24 of this year. I talked to Murvin and his lawyer, Burton Weinstein of Bridgeport, the following day.

    “The only term of the settlement I can reveal,” Weinstein told me, “is that the town says it did nothing wrong. The fact that they say they did nothing wrong says a great deal about the town.”

    I called town manager Michael Feeney and town attorney Kevin Kelly, leaving messages requesting public records, e.g., copies of any and all checks and authorizations, for payment to Weinstein and Murvin. Kelly and a
    colleague produced a couple documents after I followed up with a Freedom of Information Act request. The town has made at least one payment of $150,000. Sources close to the town say the total amount is $450,000.

    Town attorneys have a tendency to protect their clients from liability. This can get out of hand, as it did in the Murvin case. The town attorney has done his job to the extent that no one is responsible for anything – except the taxpayers who foot the bill for incompetence, negligence and malfeasance.

    As the town told Judge Nevas: “So far as the investigation of the Town Attorney’s Office presently indicates, all individual defendants acted in good faith on the basis of training they received.”

  43. Helpus,

    That scary story being told today is most appropriate. I’m scared for my town. Right now, probably more scared than I am for the country.

  44. 44 jezebel282

    Helpus,

    2003? Burt Weinstein is long retired, Feeney has moved over to Bridgeport long ago, and Miron was an unsuccessful ambulance chasing lawyer then.

  45. 45 helpushelpyou

    Jez,
    It just shows one example of the history of inconsistent justice the PD deals with. These two still violate rules and policies (and laws) but get treated like royalty even after complaints have been made. And then they go after the union president for trumped up violations. The place is a joke.
    I know it’s ancient history.

  46. 46 jezebel282

    Helpus,

    This is why the PD cannot do it by themselves. As I’ve said before, what is going on in the PD is not just a police matter. It’s not the McNeils vs. the Buturlas. It is much broader than that. It is Citizens vs. Corruption. Welcome to the battle.

    Let’s not forget that the PD, like Town Hall, belongs to the voters, residents and taxpayers. It does NOT belong to a corrupt few. It is very heartening to see the PD finally take a stand. Local 407 may be the catalyst citizens need to take back control.

    I have already made my check out to Local 407 and mailed it to:

    Stratford Police Union Local 407
    P.O. Box 43
    Stratford, CT 06615

  47. 47 1george1

    What is the story behind two bridgeport rookie police being fired?
    I thought I recognized a name?
    More vindictive attacks by miron allies … or?

  48. 48 helpushelpyou

    Jez,
    We will be getting the message out soon,..we know the support is there. You guys have been great. Bringing sandwiches, coffee and donuts(of course) during the vote meant alot. Anyone going to the library at 2pm sunday to hear the chief speak???

  49. 49 nnanerak

    helpushelpyou-
    Are you sure the Chief will show up? Why is it he can show up in town on a Sunday, but not during the work week? Is it true that the Mayor/his bro gave him the super escalator for when he leaves Stratford? Can anyone check his terms of hire to verify the #, and confirm if council was aware or this if it is in fact true?

  50. 50 jezebel282

    Helpus,

    I plan on being there in my disguise. I’m going as a taxpayer. I’ll be the one with the bruises and empty wallet.

  51. 51 nnanerak

    lol–everyone in the room but the chief will be wearing that disguise.

  52. 52 1george1

    I plan on being there in my disguise. I’m going as a taxpayer. I’ll be the one with the bruises and empty wallet.

    FAGAN-omics -Stratfored government of pickpockets, led by …. Fagan’s restaurant
    admirers?

  53. 53 jezebel282

    In Re: Joseph D. Mcneil v. Town of Stratford

    APPEARANCES
    For the claimant: himself.
    For the employer: Joseph Loschiavo, deputy chief, and Warren Holcomb, attorney.

    There’s that Loschiavo guy again. Did they want to lose this one? And good ole Warren Holcomb…from the Miron’s favorite lawfirm, Berchem Moses and Devlin.

    The administrator awarded benefits to the claimant based on a finding that the employer suspended the claimant for reasons other than willful in the course of employment. In support of its appeal of the administrator’s decision, the employer contends that it suspended the claimant for violating department policy as he gave out a background report of an individual who applied to the subject employer for employment….

    …The record establishes that the claimant had the authority to access the report as he was the commanding officer for his shift on March 25, 2008.In addition, the record reveals that the report was not in a locked file. The report could have been accessed by anyone in the department.

    The administrator’s decision is a{firmed and the employer’s appeal is dismissed. Benefits are awarded effective October 19,2008, if the claimant is otherwise eligible.

    Full Text of Decision

    And how much did we pay Berchem Moses and Devlin to lose another one?

  54. 54 nnanerak

    Ahhh now there’s a question we’d like an answer to!!!!
    I’m thinking that the taxpayer have a right to know how much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ we are going to be stiffed out of due to administrative stupidity. I’m glad to see CAPTAIN Mc Neil has won this round and I’m sure he is on the road to being reinstated to his CAPTAIN’s status with all the back pay and other bene’s. I want to know when the council is going to say NO MORE BS from the admin. If they act beyond their scope they should be buying their own attornty.. not us. NO MORE BS PEROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. 55 1george1

    At SHS a stratford police office with over 20 years told me, Soto
    was the finest officer he ever worked with.

    The was a fund raiser for McNeil, but he seems to be yesterday’s news?
    What the discipline against him a pretextual set up for documenting the
    highest police pension …. ?
    Are the Harkins people interested in having that can of worms opened,
    or will they arrange for McNiel to be SOLD OUT?

    If I could get GAVIN and some others to be like McNeil’s (I hope) integrity,
    the whole house of cards, ponzi schemes ….

    However when BMD can access various
    – specialty insurance companies 😉
    – insurance risk management 😉
    – insurance underwriters 😉
    – insurance reinsurance 😉
    – insurance wholesalers 😉
    – health & life insurers 😉
    – accountants 😦
    – construction 😉
    – unions’ management and managements
    – Boards of Educations 😉
    – Real Estate appraisers ?
    – Real Estate Lawyers 😦
    – Political actors 😦 BOO!
    – INTERESTING COLLECTION of people who are all ego
    and no self respect ….

    Mark Twain:
    “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
    “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
    “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
    “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no
    distinctly native criminal class except Congress.”

    some things
    never change

  56. 56 jezebel282

    George,

    “will they arrange for McNiel to be SOLD OUT?”

    Having met Joe McNeil, he just doesn’t strike me as a selling out kind of guy.

    He was recently offered a “settlement” by Warren Holcomb of (yup, you guessed it) Berchem Moses & Devlin. The terms were embarrassing even to an ordinary citizen like me.

    He turned it down.

    Let us remember that Captain McNeil was demoted, suspended, arrested and suspended again. It has been a FULL seven months to date that Captain McNeil has been suspended without pay. During this entire episode he has remained the president of Local 407 and has given his attention to the members of the Union.

    What makes matters even worse for all concerned is that this entire debacle for the Town and personal hardship for Captain McNeil could have been completely avoided but for the vindictiveness of James R. Miron and John Buturla.

    (In the meantime, Justin Loschiavo continues on light duty at full pay from portal to portal since June 6th 2009.)

  57. 57 1george1

    Any more FUND RAISERS?

    I could find $ 20. in a tuff winter
    Heating oil was $ 2.55
    When you need it Oil … you need it.

    If 100 union members threw $ 20 to $ 100
    If 200 brothers from other unions. ….

    I do not know Soto or Farmer.
    As posted, at least one blue brother gave Soto great compliment.
    As posted, Joe seems real and decent.

    In trial, Warren worked off a script, woven with partial truths and
    mixed with ….. pinocchio-isms ….
    > Warren is very effective … when the Judge and opposing attorney
    are in the pocket.
    > Jury pool only gets a couple exceptions and there will be a couple
    of obvious ones for both sides.
    > If Union rep and or lawyer use procedural defects, then it is a
    sell out. It is a tact that is accepted to protect the rep from lawsuit
    and not the client who wants a trial of facts.
    > Arbitration is important as part of discovery. Regardless of truth &
    merit (or lack of either)
    > Best situation would be if any of the officers were criminally arrested.
    WHY?
    FREE DISCOVERY if they can show relevance, like causal relationship,
    mitigation, pattern, timing, animus, mens rhea, disparate treatment,
    position, relationships to possible criminal act = color of law/reprisal/
    whistle blower – YES = CONSPIRACY, FACTS all leading to circumstance =
    pattern analysis = C O N N E C T I N G the D O T S.
    Under no circumstances allow the CRIMINAL CHARGES to be dropped
    until after FREE DISCOVERY, which includes the right to SUMMONS
    records and testimony.

    If I knew then .. what I know now … and if there was honest venue
    and courts …
    LoSchiavo, Evans, Capossi, & DeLieto …Barnhart, Schirillo, D Miron
    against me in Civil Trial with Holcomb and Joe Merly.
    Despite my objections Esq. John Williams included the 3 arresting
    officers …
    Conversely, once they showed up in uniform before jury pool, it was
    not the time to drop charges after selection and before trial …
    IT POISONED the PROCESS.
    I had / have no animus vs. the police.
    DeLieto was not involved in the Trial.
    However I tearfully called him and he had my tape, which would have
    blown up the Mossman case …
    I have no animus vs. DeLieto, yet with McNeil’s grievance …

    I wonder if anyone thinks there might be a cowinkydink on pension
    and withholding evidence and then a cowinkydink about a grievance
    and a pretextual suspension/termination?

    McNeil’s case need to be public or else they will find a way to ….

    Oh .. Loschiavo was kind enough to change court date on summons
    from Mossman’s disorderly conduct pretext …. (it was decent of him)
    It seems the control – handling agent arranged for my appearance
    to be on the anniversary of my dad’s death (murder) in the V.A.

    The Mossman verdict was entered by court clerk on the SEVENTH
    Anniversary of my uncle/godfather’s death.
    Judge Droney in next chamber was equally involved (as US Attorney)
    as Mossman from refusing to investigate death the FBI …… knew too ..

  58. 58 mayor2013

    A settlement? From Berchem & Moses? You have got to be kidding me.

    Where the hell is the administration on this. For God’s sake. Correct this injustice and correct it NOW!

    Don’t make me right about this new administration, please prove me wrong!!!!!!!

  59. 59 jezebel282

    2013,

    “You have got to be kidding me.”

    No…I’m not kidding.

    Oh wait, that was a rhetorical question wasn’t it?

  60. 60 mayor2013

    Let me state what I think I have read: that the administration authorized Berchem & Moses to present a deal to Joe McNeil. And, Joe McNeil turned it down. Mr. Mayor Harkins are you so dumb. Let me further state that one of the reasons, one of the prime reasons you were elected and by such a mandate was that your name was NOT MIRON! NOT MIRON, got it. Don’t be so stupid as to not realize why you are sitting in that chair today and who helped you get there.

    Take the McNeil file away from Berchem and Moses and every other God damn file they have that belongs to the Town of Stratford and present it to your appointed town attorney and put this young man back to work and restore and make him whole and do it without haste. Or, are you afraid????????? And, if you are, what are you afraid of????????

  61. 61 jezebel282

    2013,

    Can’t argue with any of that.

  62. 62 mayor2013

    Oh, and when do you suppose you are going to let the public know that the budget is in a SEVERE DEFICIT????? Get the former finance director, you know the one who walked off with $51,000 severance pay – and have him explain how this happened while he was manning the ship. Or, is that a little scary as well??????

  63. 63 mayor2013

    You can make Capt. McNeil whole by discharging Justin LoSchiavo – there would be more than enough money to make the deal. Come on, use a little bit of common sense – get out there and fight the fire instead of hiding behind the firewall – all of you, get out and start making some decisions – that is what you were elected and appointed and hired to do!

  64. 64 jezebel282

    Or that either.

  65. 65 phineast

    2013- Are you sure it was the town that offered a deal to Captain McNeil? I heard it was the prosecutor’s office. Restoring Captain McNeil to his rightful position will happen when he is found innocent of what he has been charged with. I believe that he will be found innocent-but for pete’s sake-let’s do this the absolute correct way. I agree that McNeil and Soto should have never been charged. The whole thing is disgusting….but let’s not make it worse. Once it is out of the courts Mayor Harkins can move forward in the restoration process.

  66. 66 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Are you sure it was the town that offered a deal to Captain McNeil?”

    Yes. It was Warren Holcomb. Berchem Moses and Devlin doesn’t run the State Attorney’s Office…yet.

    “Restoring Captain McNeil to his rightful position will happen when he is found innocent of what he has been charged with.”

    He will never be found “innocent”. He will be found “not guilty”. He is already presumed innocent.

    His demotion, suspension arrest and suspension was solely and exclusively at the discretion of James R. Miron and Chief John Buturla.

    Nothing in CT law requires that an officer be suspended without pay just because it is alleged that a crime was committed. It is really not all that complex.

    In any event, the judge hearing the case might require actual evidence, in which case the State Prosecutor will have to rely on something other than testimony from Joe Loschiavo and Pinto.

  67. 67 1george1

    Based on what I read from the blogs about what the police know about:
    J Miron
    D Miron
    Esq. Burturla
    Chief Burturla
    Berchem
    Holcolm

    in a CRIMINAL CASE, FREE DISCOVERY is available if it is relevant to defense,
    such as reprisal, intimidation, interferring with a police investigation,
    color of the law …

    You people are the COPS

    You know the BOOK to throw at BMD

    If everything is as it appears the “legitimate police” are being held
    hostage by “criminals…..”

    Are disproportionate pensions and perks fo important?

    Things are going to blow up anyway…
    Why not control events and opportunity to recover damages from
    individuals and not from the town?

  68. 68 jezebel282

    George,

    “Are disproportionate pensions and perks fo important?”

    Nope, not at all.

    When this story is over it will be all about vindictiveness by Miron and John Buturla for subverting Miron’s attempt to hire his brother as a police officer.

    There really is nothing else.

  69. 69 1george1

    Jeze,
    Again, we partially agree and partially disagree.

  70. 70 jezebel282

    Update:

    Miron’s claims against town dismissed

    Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:52

    The Town of Stratford won its motions for dismissal in a 30-count defamation suit filed by Christian Miron.
    A decision by U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant dated Tuesday, July 24, in the U.S. District Court in Hartford, rejected claims against the Town of Stratford and Stratford Police Department.
    “To the extent it was claimed that anyone representing the town did anything wrong those claims are dismissed,” Town Attorney Tim Bishop said Wednesday, July 25. “Claims that an individual acted improperly in their individual capacity or as a representative of the police union were not disposed of at this time. That will likely be taken up at another time.”
    Christian Miron’s claims stem from the unauthorized release of confidential information from his 2007 application for employment as a Stratford police officer.
    He contends that because that information was leaked to officials including then-Town Council Chairman Michael Henrick, and publicly discussed at Town Council meetings, he was not placed in the Connecticut Police Academy and not hired.
    Regarding the town’s liability, Bryant wrote that the plaintiff had to show that his rights were violated through municipal policy, municipal custom or practice, or the decision of a municipal policymaker with final authority.
    Miron, Bryant wrote, relied on “a theory of inaction and deliberate indifference.”
    In dismissing Miron’s claims against the town and police, Bryant wrote that some arguments made in his filing were contradictory, and that his allegations “fall far short of alleging a plausible claim of municipal liability.”
    Bryant’s ruling was split regarding claims against Joseph McNeil and Orlando Soto, both still on the force, and former officer Shawn Farmer.
    http://www.stratfordstar.com/news/73995-mirons-claims-against-town-dismissed.html

    As Jim Miron would say, it was all perfectly legal.

  71. 71 1george1

    My OPINION is that there…

    Not having a clue what George was talking about, it was moved here: https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/upgrade-now/#comment-19432


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