Budget Passes; NHPD Brass Slapped

Paul Bass Photos The Board of Alders passed a $523.3 million city budget — and immediately started working toward closing a potential $2 million hole in it.

The approval came during a four-hour meeting at City Hall. It capped months of deliberations over the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The final budget incorporates changes the alders had made to the Harp administration’s proposed version with an eye toward fiscal responsibility: It added $1.2 million to the city’s rainy-day fund, bolstered pension and health benefit reserves, eliminated some requested new positions, left vacant a $116,000-a-year policy and grant writing post, while preserving new library and school-nurse positions. (This previous article details the alders’ proposed alterations to the budget, all of which passed easily Monday night.)

Mayor Toni Harp said on WNHH radio’s “Mayor Monday” program that the budget manages to add to city services in tough times without raising taxes. “What I’m most excited about is that the administration and the Board of Alders recognize that we need the nurses in the schools. We’re going to get more help in the libraries,” she said.

The Harp administration also won approval at Monday night’s Board of Alders meeting on its second try for $10.7 million in city bonding to build a $45 million, mostly state-funded new home for the Strong School on the Southern Connecticut State University campus. The 19-8 vote and more than an hour of debate revealed a possible new political divide on the Board of Alders.

For all the debate, New Haven emerged in a relatively secure spot compared to this sessions’ budget crises at the state Capitol, where lawmakers scrambled to fill a $930 million deficit; and compared to the cities of Hartford and Bridgeport, which wrestled with estimated $30-50 million budget deficits by slashing services like libraries and parks, laying off dozens of workers, and demanding millions in union givebacks. New Haven has been balancing its books for years. This new budget avoids a tax increase.

Still, there was plenty to argue and fret about.

Especially when it came to the unexpected drama of the night, an ultimately unanimous condemnation of police brass and efforts to stay in front of a potential fracture in the new budget before it even takes effect: the city’s cost of assuming management of the pre-detention prisoner lock-up at 1 Union Ave.

Message Sent To NHPD

Annex Alder Alphonse Paolillo Jr. sprang a surprise on his colleagues in the form of five unannounced amendments seeking to force police officials to work more openly with the board on that issue.

The city learned in April that, thanks to Connecticut’s budget crisis, the state Judicial Department, which has run the lock-up since 1993, will stop doing so. Almost immediately. The police department will be responsible for it starting July 1. Including paying for it.

That will cost a lot of money.

But how much money? The alders, voting on the final budget, had no idea.

That did not please Al Paolillo.

Paolillo (whose father, a retired alder, watched the fill meeting from the gallery) blasted Police Chief Dean Esserman and the Harp administration for not informing alders about the pending lock-up change during budget hearings; he said the alders found out on their own. And he argued the administration has continued to keep alders in the dark about the evolving plan for running the lock-up, which may add millions of dollars of unanticipated costs to the new budget and potentially throw it out of balance.

“Here we are on June 6 with no tangible public plan, no alternatives, no options,” Paolillo complained. “I wouldn’t call this the best example of community policing.”

“The board,” he said, “is not part of this conversation.” It must be, he argued.

Paolillo noted the alders have repeatedly requested more information about the lock-up plan, to no avail. He threw in the fact that the police chief and assistant chiefs bought themselves new vehicles while the rank-and-file’s fleet is falling apart (as detailed in this article). And that the police department is running an $870,000 deficit in the current fiscal year. (Paolillo had already at a previous meeting succeeded in passing amendments requiring the chief to notify alders of the purchase of any new vehicles and prohibiting from buying any new cars for himself or his assistant chiefs.)

Monday night Paolillo proposed the following amendments to the budget, revealing them on the floor to his colleagues for the first time:

• Requiring the police chief to “provide a detailed plan for operation of detention with staffing and budgetary implications by June 13.”

• Requiring city Building Official Jim Turcio and City Engineer Giovanni Zinn to “review and inspection” the and report to the alders by July 1 on projected costs of improvements needed to run the facility.

•  Requiring Esserman to “submit monthly reports on the activities and pending developments” on the lock-up change.

• Requiring “all correspondence addressed to the police/mayor” be forwarded to the alders if it concerns any police matter that affects the budget.

At first, Alders Adam Marchand and Jessica Holmes opposed Paolillo’s amendments. They praised the “intent” of fiscal accountability. But they said they hadn’t had a chance to read the fine print and subject it to scrutiny and debate.

But other alders piled on to Paolillo’s complaints about the police brass disrespecting their body.

Board President Tyisha Walker declared a five-minute recess so staff could photocopy Paolillo’s proposed amendments.

After reading the amendment, alders lined up in support.

“It’s irresponsible and disrespectful when they don’t give us information to make decisions,” complained East Rock Alder Anna Festa.

“They constantly blow us off with information. Our police chief needs to address these issues and stop holding off information,” chimed in Morris Cove’s Sal DeCola. Newhallville’s Delphine Clyburn, Bella Vista’s Barbara Constantinople, and Fair Haven Heights’ Rosa Santana added similar sentiments.

In the end, the board voted unanimously to pass Paolillo’s amendments.

DOC Says No Thanks

After the meeting, Assistant Police Chief Anthony Campbell updated the Independent on the status of the lock-up plans and answered questions raised by the alders.

He said the city plans to spend close to $40,000 a week, or close to $2 million a year, to run the lock up by employing 38-45 officers on overtime weekly duty to man the facility in six-person shifts. He said the understaffed department has to rely on overtime because it has no officers to spare from regular duty.

The department had originally looked at using space at the state pre-trial jail on Whalley Avenue instead of taking over the 1 Union Ave. lock-up. That didn’t work for a number of reasons, Campbell said. Among the reasons: The facility doesn’t house women, so female arrestees would have to be driven to the state jail in Niantic.

Campbell said he and the police chief met last Friday with the state corrections commissioner to see if his department could take over 1 Union Ave. The answer was no: That department has its own $15 million budget cut to deal with. And its standards for prisons (such as installing beds in the cells and giving prisoners uniforms) would require it to spend $5 million a year, not $2 million, to operate the lock-up.

Finally, Campbell said the NHPD has asked the state Judicial Department to give the city a six-month reprieve rather than turn over the facility as planned on July 1. Campbell said he has received no response yet.

In the meantime, he’s working with the police union and other key players to be prepared to assume control of the lock-up on July 1.

“I believe when the time comes, we will” be ready, Campbell said.

During the debate Monday night, Westville Alder Marchand said there may be ways to cover the unanticipated cost without putting the budget in the red, perhaps by using some of the newly socked away rainy-day fund, for instance.

Meanwhile, city Chief Administrative Officer Michael Carter said Paolillo has a good point about the $870,000 police budget deficit. Carter said overtime costs are largely to blame, due to staff shortages. He said the city will need to ramp up a series of police recruit classes to tackle that problem the way it did in the fire department.

Live Strong

While Paolillo succeeded in bringing all his colleagues to his side on the police amendments Monday, he had less luck when it came to the other hotly debated subject of the evening: whether to proceed with the $45 million planned new home for the Strong School on SCSU’s campus.

The alders last year killed the SCSU-Strong plan with Paolillo and Dixwell Alder Jeanette Morrison leading the charge, supported by the board’s Yale UNITE HERE local union-backed majority. They argued that the city couldn’t afford to borrow even more money to keep building new schools.

The state gave the city one more crack this year at approving the school plan and receiving the approximately $35 million in funding for it. This time the Harp administration succeeded in convincing the two leaders of the board’s labor-backed majority, Morrison and President Walker, to support the plan. They convinced them that it makes more sense to spend that $10.7 million on an innovative new school run in conjunction with SCSU’s education department rather than pouring that money into patching up Strong’s crumbling existing home on Legion Avenue.

Paolillo argued that just as last year, the city can’t afford to borrow more money for new schools — even more so than last year. The $1 million in annual debt payments will force painful other cuts or jeopardize the city’s fiscal stability, he argued. And the state’s own budget crisis puts its future support for maintaining the building in doubt. Paolillo further noted that the Board of Education has consistently come back to the alders to approve millions of dollars in cost overruns for school projects.

By Monday night’s meeting, it was clear the Strong plan had the votes to pass anyway. The UNITE HERE-backed majority was, to a person, solidly behind it. (This previous article details the reasons offered on both sides.)

But during more than an hour of procedural challenges and amendments and debate — rare open disagreement for this iteration of the Board of Alders — a potential longer-range fissure emerged. No longer was it just a handful of labor-skeptical dissenters opposing the majority. Paolillo has previously been a staunch member of the UNITE HERE-backed majority. Out of 27 alders present (absent were West Rock’s Carlton Staggers, Downtown’s Alberta Witherspoon, and Wooster Square’s Aaron Greenberg), eight voted against the Strong proposal: the Hill’s Dave Reyes Jr., East Rock’s Festa, Bishop Woods’ Gerald Antunes, Fair Haven’s Ernie Santiago, Paolillo, DeCola, and Upper Westville’s Darryl Brackeen.

“I am opposed to the building of Strong School. But I am not opposed to the kids,” Festa said.

Beaver Hills Alder Richard Furlow, whose ward includes 73 Strong students (a point school officials made sure to tell him), said he struggled with his vote before deciding to support the school project. In the end he “pleaded” with his colleagues to vote yes.

“We must continue to build a strong structure for our children,” he said.

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posted by: jim1 on June 7, 2016  6:26am

Go get them Al.  But what I care about, will the mil. rate stay the same?

posted by: Noteworthy on June 7, 2016  6:49am

Budget Notes:

1. The reason why the NHPD has not been open and transparent about the cost and timing of the lock up transfer is because it creates a $2 to $5 million hole in the budget and may have implications for the capital budget too. That it will operate it completely via overtime pay is disgraceful and will, in and of itself blow the overtime budget at the NHPD. This is Harp/Esserman lying by omission and lack of transparency.

2. Let’s be clear - with the largest police department in the state - the NHPD is NOT understaffed. That’s a myth perpetuated by those who just want bigger budgets.

3. Regarding the Strong School, the UNITE alders voted the interests of their union bosses, not taxpayers. At a cost of a million dollars a year in debt payments plus routine cost overruns, this is a school we don’t need. Keep in mind the new ESUMS went from $50 million to $85 million and counting.

4. It is refreshing to see open debate and discussion of important issues; and to see through that discussion, some of the interests of the taxpayers were well served.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on June 7, 2016  8:28am

The Harp administration also won approval at Monday night’s Board of Alders meeting on its second try for $10.7 million in city bonding to build a $45 million, mostly state-funded new home for the Strong School on the Southern Connecticut State University campus. The 19-8 vote and more than an hour of debate revealed a possible new political divide on the Board of Alders.

Taking Bets.You taxes will go up.

posted by: DrJay on June 7, 2016  9:06am

I’m not a lawyer, but I wonder if the amendment “Requiring “all correspondence addressed to the police/mayor” be forwarded to the alders if it concerns any police matter that affects the budget.” is constitutional. Isn’t there some separation of power that allows the Mayor to consult with her staff without interference from the Alders? I wish the Alders had more expertise in legal and parliamentary issues. These questions should be studied before any legislative action.

posted by: T-ski1417 on June 7, 2016  10:35am

The Connecticut State Police is the largest police department in CT and yes its understaffed

posted by: Adelaide on June 7, 2016  10:49am

Strong School is in bad shape. It is really a shame given it is a neighborhood school. Lots of kids walk to the school rather than ride a bus or are transported by parents.
There is no responsible way to fix that school. The alternative to ship the kids off to Southern seems to be the best alternative (BTW, Strong School is not on Legion Ave.). Alder Festa needs to sit down and be quiet. Given she is from one of the wealthier wards in the city, in an area that would be completely unaffected by the school, she doesn’t have a dog in this fight. What is also a shame in this is the ineffective “leadership” from the Hill North Alder..She is neither proactive nor innovative and definitely does not work on the behalf of the ward. If it doesn’t have to do with parked cars, she is clueless.
I was really glad to see and hear the open remarks. Any time the Alders put the needs of the city ahead of the Union I am thrilled. This gives the audience a glimpse into the inner secrets.

posted by: ProUnion on June 7, 2016  11:33am

“Carter said overtime costs are largely to blame, due to staff shortages. He said the city will need to ramp up a series of police recruit classes to tackle that problem the way it did in the fire department.”

The problem is not ramping up a series of police recruit classes. The problem is KEEPING the recruits. New Haven is always hiring therefore folks get hired and trained in New Haven and then as soon as they are eligible they takes jobs in other towns. NH pays less then most other cities/towns and their benefits are disgraceful! These men and women put their lives on in danger ever day they are on duty. They deserve higher salaries and low cost health insurance.

One would think with Adam Marchand on the board, that he of all people, would understand fighting for wages and quality health care at low costs! Isn’t that what he does for Yale??

posted by: robn on June 7, 2016  12:02pm

How much school construction debt service reduction has been rolled back into spending instead of used for property tax reductions?

posted by: breakingbad23 on June 7, 2016  1:12pm

How many Assistant Chiefs are there anyway? Sounds like too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Cut 2 assistant chief positions and you could probably add 4 new patrolman and add at least 2 vehicles to the patrol fleet. We can talk all day about whether or not all these assistants need a take home vehicle or not but even if it is necessary did the vehicles have to be Ford Expeditions? Is a better gas mileage/ lower maintenance vehicle like a stock Ford Fusion or Taurus below their station?

posted by: Brutus2011 on June 7, 2016  1:12pm

to “DrJay:

Traditionally, separation of powers doctrine has not been applicable to city and town government.
Things are evolving, though:

http://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1177&context=lawreview

Hope this helps.

posted by: K. Joyner on June 7, 2016  2:51pm

We should give a shout-out to Al Paolillo, but I won’t, for his failed attempt to enlighten the alders to their thirst for building long term school construction debt, a debt that according to the city auditor’s report of June 30, 2015 is now $282.6M.
According to the same report, the city of New Haven’s long term debt liability for all city activities is $1.451B. That’s billion. The BOA in the current “16” budget rejected the SCSU school project, but in 2016 the same alders now approved the plan although nothing in the plan changed one iota.
Reasoning…“Last year we were just sending a message in response to the BOE’s Board of director’s plan to use eight members rather than the charter required seven.” Financially and for debt protection, Paolillo is correct, the school in the final analysis will cost upwards of $50M when all hidden cost are factored in. In addition, this is a magnet school; therefore, the cost of school transportation will be borne by the city 100%. If the BOA was providing half the wit to school construction debt, they would have considered that for the next three years
(3) more schools are on the long term plan at a combined cost $153M. Coupled with their failed thought process is the fact that the state’s share of school construction is first bonded by the city for the entire amount, and as the state’s share is repaid quarterly, the money is NOT deposited in the debt service account, but in the general fund, where it is spent on department line items. New Debt is then borrowed, charged to the debt service which is paid by city taxpayers each year. A double rip-off. The 2016 GF budget is $507.8M; the 2017 budget just approved is $523.3M, an increase of 16.3M in spending. Does anyone really believe we sustained a $4.5M cut of state assistance and the BOA cut another $2M from the budget, and we have no mill rate increase? If so, YOU just brought a bridge in West Haven.

More to come…

posted by: agor on June 7, 2016  3:56pm

i don’t understand why they hire a security officer in charge of schools and give him a large pay. he is retired from nhpd with a big pension and now he is going to take more from the city. the city seems to like to pay school admininsistrators and other retired employees a big pension and bring them ack for more. it seems to me that should stop.

posted by: K. Joyner on June 7, 2016  4:10pm

In regards to the police lock-up and it’s accelerating cost between 2 to 5 M, depending on who’s estimate you use, Paolillo correctly that the police departments current 2016 budget 870K in the hole. More importantly, however, is the contention by Carter that because of police manpower shortages more overtime hours will be necessary to cover the hours for 45 officers @ eight hours per day in overtime. The police overtime budget is currently $2.6M; the overtime budget is currently $1.6M over budget. The 2017 police overtime budget was increased only $500K to $3.1M. A far cry from what will be necessary to stock the new police lock up with 45 officers. Here, the BOA again has failed to plan long term. The BOA approved the increased purchase of 27 police cruisers, but failed to consider the police unions request for (2) new mechanics to repair cruisers rather than trash them in order to buy new. At the same time, the fire dept is running a $1.2M deficit in their overtime line item. A problem on the horizon..you think?

Finally, the BOA failed miserly to even consider to debate the full 46M capital fund budget , the 32M Special fund budget , the 2.025M enterprise bonding for the golf course, and the 600% increase in permits licenses and user fees.

Grade D.

posted by: JohnDVelleca on June 7, 2016  4:29pm

A few points about the police department should be made so the proper perspective can be gained by all of those who care to comment.  First, the operation of the detention facility has been debated for the past twenty years, so it’s not something new that was “sprung” on the current administration.  A while back, the NHPD had a multi-year plan to absorb the operation of the facility with minimal costs.  In my opinion, the NHPD should operate the facility for a myriad of reasons.  Constant changes in police leadership, as well as shrinking budgets, curtailed the plan and the status quo remained.  However, we were all very aware that this issue would arise again eventually.  The reason why this seems to be a new issue is simply because the executive command of the NHPD is inexperienced and some have been promoted beyond their current abilities.  That sounds harsh and it’s not meant to be offensive, but it is true.  So to them the problem is new, since they all lack the operational experience to have known the issues that face the front line officers on a daily basis.  And while Assistant Chief Campbell is a very decent guy, even he would tell you his knowledge of patrol operations (which include the lock-up) is limited.  The same disconnect at the top can be blamed for the purchase of new command vehicles instead of patrol vehicles.  Chiefs who were never patrol officers don’t see the importance of a stable, well equipped police cruiser.  I would challenge them to put on some gear and work in the field for a few shifts.  I’m quite sure they would see the importance of a patrol vehicle afterward.  Chief Esserman is an academic and an experienced administrator, but he was never truly a police officer.  Therefore, he lacks the technical experience necessary to navigate his way through challenging patrol operations.  Again, that’s not meant to be an insult, but it is a true observation that surely affects the management of parts of the NHPD.  To be continued…

posted by: JohnDVelleca on June 7, 2016  4:50pm

Part Two
    When attempting to assess the NHPD overtime abuse, it’s quite simple.  All one would need to do is review Chief Esserman’s track record and a history of reckless spending can be easily documented.  He’s displayed a propensity to overreact when major incidents occur and follows that with a “knee-jerk” reaction of ordering in all supervisors to participate in a “briefing.”  And guess what, they’re all on overtime.  Furthermore, he subscribes to the ancient theory of excessive walking beats and links that to a community policing theory that hasn’t evolved since 1993.  So to explain, walking beats are useful in some areas, but they are expensive.  The 911 response vehicle that those walking beat officers would usually occupy still has to be filled, and it usually is filled by an officer on overtime.  Excessive walking beats are obsolete and they cannibalize the primary patrol function.  And most of all, they are NOT synonymous with community policing.  A park and walk protocol serves the patrol function much more efficiently.  Remember, community policing is a mindset more than anything else, it’s not a program or an assignment.  I recall reading not very long ago the Esserman himself decried the fiscal strain that his beloved walking beats put on the operating budget.  Lastly, New Haven has been a very safe and uneventful city for the past few years (thank goodness) and the overtime budget is deep red.  New Haven has an abundance of officers, and the NHPD is only considered understaffed when compared to the inflated number of budgeted police officers that was established in 1991.  At that time, the NHPD received grant money to pay for many of those officers and then absorbed them when the grant concluded.  I shudder to think at what the overtime costs will be if something were to happen.  Maybe it’s time for a change over there….

posted by: agor on June 7, 2016  5:49pm

just what the city needs. another school that they won’t be able to maintain after a few years. all the new schools they built are falling apart. they keep them togehter with a shoestring now

posted by: nhpd seeing red on June 7, 2016  10:42pm

4 assistant chiefs is a result of the PERF report completed several years ago. It has been beneficial to running the department, despite what those who think they are in the know,  but aren’t,  think.
Don’t know who abdicated and left Mr. Banks as the official expert on all things NHPD, His ignorance and misguided comments and logic are at once offensive and laughable. What is scary is that there are those reading what he espouses who believe them as true. The Police chief doesn’t buy police cars, this goes thru the BOA. There is a constant need to upgrade all vehicles in the PD fleet. Reading the comments made about community policing, walking beats, 1991 inflated budgets are ridiculous. They shows how ignorant some people are who are making these off the mark comments. Budgeted department strength now is in the upper 400’s. in the mid 90’s, it was in the upper 300’s.Due to constant retirements and resigning, these hiring goals are never met. And Crime is down. It hasn’t gone down on its own volition. . Wake up and smell the coffee.

posted by: IloveMYcity203 on June 7, 2016  11:57pm

@T-ski1417

You wrote, “The Connecticut State Police is the largest police department in CT and yes its understaffed.”

You are incorrect about CSP being the largest police department in CT. New Haven Police Department has the largest police force. New Haven is budgeted for 494 officers at the moment unless that number increased, and that number fluctuates because officers are retiring as fast as a wild fire spreads. I have no idea who you are, or where you got that information from, but what I can tell you is that any police officer in this state will tell that New Haven has the largest force. I am not saying this for bragging rights, I am simply stating something that you believed to be true and it’s not. You were right about NHPD being understaffed. For security reasons, I am not going to state how many police officers are patrolling their districts on any given night, but it’s not pretty. You’d be astonished with the findings.

Lastly, unless you have clear facts about NHPD being understaffed, please do not criticize the department. They may not be perfect, but one thing is for sure, they are understaffed.

posted by: Ozzie on June 8, 2016  9:38am

in the late 80s and early 90s the Department had about 270 plus officers and they were able to staff the detention facility with a Supervisior and 2 patrolman The prisoners got an egg sandwich and coffee in the morning and a coffee and hambuger at night , if you didn’t like it you didn’t eat . The Department also ran B squad 1500 - 1600 hours though Midnight with 18 Officers before they could hire overtime. That was throughout the whole City with the officers all in cars. Officers logs were filled front and back with calls for service and reports written. From around 2006 thru 2012 you had about 80 cops working B squad and the new guys came in with not even half the front page of their log covered with calls for service on it and they thought they had a tough night . This month another 13 cops retired but the only ones you heard about were a Capt. and Lt.  The reason for all the retirements is because of lost benefits and no pensions . Until the Mayor and alderpersons realize this you’ll continue to lose cops and then the understaffed CSP will be called in to patrol the streets. Good luck New Haven !!!

posted by: JohnDVelleca on June 8, 2016  10:32am

@nhpd seeing red

    Unfortunately, the ignorance lies with your opinion, which has obviously been formed without the benefit of ever being a part of the actual administrative process of the NHPD.  In 1991, the budgeted strength of the NHPD was 502 officers.  The increase of officers was the result of a pilot program called “community policing.”  May want to check your facts, budgeted officers and actual physically working officers are two different things.  You’ve obviously never had a part in any type of budgeting so explaining that aspect would probably not be understood, so I’ll refrain.  The Chief of Police most certainly does order and replace police vehicles at their behest, the BOA merely authorizes the expenditure.  And finally, you’re right, crime is down and we are all very happy about that fact.  But I think the 200 or so gang members that were taken out of our community as a result of two major, back-to-back, wiretap investigations (actually the two largest in state history) may have had something to do with the reduction in violent crime.  Call me crazy I guess….but then again maybe your right, it’s those walking beats that are doing the trick.

posted by: nhpd seeing red on June 8, 2016  11:16pm

The ignorance is yours. NHPD has never been budgeted for over 500. Back in the mid 90’s, it was budgeted 370 sworn and non sworn was around 160. And the comment about some difference between budgeted and physically working is dumb. Due to retirements, resignations and a few other reasons, there will always be a difference. Talk about not knowing what you are talking about. Cocky and stupid appear to be two of your more endearing attributes. And community policing, introduced by Nick Pastore and Dean Esserman in the early nineties did not cause or see an addition of 150 officers to the ranks. Ridiculous. And the chief does not order vehicles which the BOA pays for carte Blanche. You can’t get anything right. It’s not worth having to refute all the inaccurate “facts” you keep espousing. Waste of time. Too bad there are people out there who read your drivel and believe it. The NHPD ends up getting hurt by the misconceptions you spout. . Join a knitting group if you want to pass bad gossip.

posted by: JohnDVelleca on June 9, 2016  9:33am

Ok, so we’ll have to agree to disagree on the budgeted number of officers and all the other yada-yada-yada that really doesn’t matter anyway.  However, I think it is worthy to review your posts.  By applying a rudimentary level of statement analysis (which you’ve probably never heard of since you were never a detective), we can see that your emotions are fueling your posts.  Your chosen screen name and your insult laden posts suggest that “a nerve has been struck” so to speak.  Your responses have been visceral, much like when a secret truth has been exposed.  You’ve portrayed yourself as an Esserman surrogate with knowledge of the NHPD during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s who is also very concerned with any stigma that may be attached to the current NHPD, or should I say the administration of the current NHPD.  It’s not difficult to guess exactly who you are, and that makes your posts noteworthy because you’re either really incompetent or your intentionally trying to mislead the public.  Your obviously deflecting responsibility away from Esserman regarding the purchase of police vehicles because he has a brand new SUV sitting at the police garage that he’s afraid to drive because he may be criticized for the purchase.  You would like people to believe that the BOA purchased that vehicle, because they make all of the vehicle purchases according to you.  So, I guess the BOA should be questioning themselves about the purchase of police vehicles.  But, not long ago Assistant Chief Campbell stated that he ordered the vehicle without telling Esserman.  So which is it, does the BOA order the vehicles or does the Assistant Chief?  And if Esserman has no part in ordering the vehicles then why does he need to approve the purchase?  I believe Esserman himself inferred that he approves the vehicle purchases, you may want to check the article.  I won’t post any further because it’s like a battle of wits with an unarmed man.  Furthermore, your posts make my case for me….

posted by: JohnDVelleca on June 9, 2016  9:37am

Oh, and one last thing…you know what hurts the NHPD the most?  Hiring incompetent Chiefs who lie to everyone and promote people beyond their abilities.  The trickle down affect destroys the morale of the detectives and patrol officers.  You know, the people that ACTUALLY DO THE WORK.

posted by: Flyby on June 9, 2016  10:26am

NHI. Just curious about all the talk of city being in a deficit and paying out so much in overtime to numerous departments. Is it true some employees are tripling their base pay due to overtime? What really is going on if this is true? Does anyone care? I’m sure the taxpayers do.  Sounds like a juicy story if it’s true?

posted by: bewildered on June 14, 2016  9:11pm

Overall, the budget was a good one.  The only error was the commitment to build a new Strong School.