Welcome to Fair Lawn PBA Local 67.com!
  Welcome to the online headquarters of the Fair Lawn PBA. Contained within this site you will find information on our Association, its membership and activities. Also you will find important safety tips, how you can get involved, recent and past events and how we give to back to the community that we serve. Please take some time and browse our newly redesigned website. We encourage you to stay around as long as you like and come back as we continually update this site. Do you have a question? Please feel free to email any comments, questions or suggestions.

Current events and information:

12/9/13

    It's that time of the year again. Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 is collecting toys for those in need. If you are interested in helping to brighten a childs holiday please drop off a new unwrapped toy at any of these locations. We thank you for your support!

Locations:
* American Graphics Systems - 39-26 Broadway
* Radburn Exxon - Fair Lawn Ave & Plaza Road
* Lucas Deli - 6-03 Saddle River Rd.
* Best Cleaners - 22-06 Morlot Ave
* Juicy Platters - 23-16 Broadway
* Fair Lawn Police Headquarters - inside the main lobby of Borough Hall.


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8/26/13

   Fair Lawn traffic stop turns up assortment of knives. Lt. Jim Corcoran stopped a vehicle after a computer check of the license plate showed that the registered owner may have a suspended drivers license. Read more.....

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8/21/13

    The Fair Lawn Police Dept. swore in two new officers at their council meeting. Read more..

Pictured L to R are SOA Rep. A/Lt. Joe Dawicki, PO Juan Rodriguez, PO Peter Federico and PBA Vice President Brian Rypkema.

Photo by Det. Sgt. Brian Metzler
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4/29/13

    In quiet little Fair Lawn... Officer injured when detainee kicks out patrol car window. Read more

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4/17/13
3/18/12

    The Fair Lawn Toys for Tots drive was a huge success thanks to everyone that participated. In total we donated over 3,000 toys! This year we are hoping to donate plenty more. Read more..

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12/24/12

    Santa Boone part 2!

    PBA Ex-President and Detective David Boone once again showed his holiday spirit and huge heart by once again participating in Operation Santa Boone! Boone with Fair Lawn Food Pantry worker Liz Twiggs teamed up to help spread Christmas cheer to a local resident in need. 
Click here to read more on the event as well as a video on the Fair Lawn Patch.

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12/18/12

    Members of Fair Lawn PBA Local #67, along with the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad, Police Department and the I.A.F.F. Local 4840 (Fair Lawn Police Dispatchers), collected toys for boys and girls of all ages for the organization's annual Toys for Tots program. The group secured hundreds of toys, as well as a $600 cash donation toward the program. 

    All of the organizations wish to thank everyone that donated as well as the local businesses that allowed us to utilize them as collection points for this event.
   

Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch, Toys for Tots

NorthJersey.com, Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon 


Photo credit to Zak Koeske - Fair Lawn Patch

(l-r) Dispatcher Michelle Luscombe, PBA President Michael O'Brien, Dispatcher & Rescue Member Andrew Flax, Detective & Rescue Chief Pete Yuskaitis, PBA Vice-President Brian Rypkema, Sgt. Joseph Dawicki, Lt. Robert Kneer.

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12/1/12

Special Announcement from Fair Lawn PBA Local 67!



We've secured the following locations as gift collection sites! Please drop off an unwrapped, new toy at one of the following locations! Please thank these great community minded businesses for helping our team bring gifts to children in need! Thank you for giving!

Gotham City Diner 39-10 Broadway
American Graphic Systems 39-26 Broadway
Fair Lawn Athletic Club 14-19 Parmelee Avenue
Ness Pizza 11-14 Saddle River Road
Sixth Happiness 21-08 Morlot Avenue
Rays Pizza 6-02 Berdan Avenue

 

Also the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad will be on hand at their building (Romaine St.) on
Dec 11 and Dec 13 to take unwrapped, new toys from 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Click here to read our press release

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11/30/12

Members of the Fair Lawn PBA Local #67 delivered food and cleaning supplies to the Jersey Shore. The local collected cleaning supplies, water and other items that were graciously donated. The supplies were then loaded into a truck and transported by Detective David Boone and P.O. Anthony Lugo to the 1st Baptist Church in Manasquan,NJ for dispersement. Click here for some photos from this event.

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11/24/12

The members of PBA Local 67 extend their congratulations to Ryan J. Vogel for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. PBA President Michael O'Brien attended Ryan's Court of Honor sponsored by Troop 60 of the Boy Scouts of America held on November 24, 2012 at the Warren Point Presbyterian Church. President O'Brien, an Eagle Scout and Explorer Advisor for the police department's law enforcement explorer program commended Ryan and praised his decision to work with Shelter Our Sisters, a non-profit organization that provides safe haven and support to victims of domestic violence as his Eagle Project.
Ryan mobilized support from his troop, family, friends and a host of other organizations and collected over 380 cubic feet of items needed for SOS's six Bergen County faciliities.
President O'Brien presented Ryan with a certificate of award and plaque to honor his unusual achievement.
Congratulations to Ryan and his proud family!

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11/15/12
  The membership of Local 67 attended their Annual Awards dinner to honor its members for meritorious service. Click here to read more.


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11/01/12
  Members of the Fair Lawn PBA are participating in Movember. What is Movember you ask? It is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives. For more information check out the PBA team page link below.

http://us.movember.com/team/496813



Update 10/31/12 @ 1220pm

The Borough of Fair Lawn has cancelled Trick or Treating due to the storm damage that still remains. Please DO NOT send your children out to trick or treat. Click here to read the Fair Lawn Patch article.

Update 10/30/12 @ 1143am

Although the worst may be over we urge all residents to stay indoors. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down during the storm. Numerous streets are closed and navigating around town is difficult! Emergency crews are surveying the damage and need the roadways clear. Please help your First Responders and utility crews and stay off of the roads and off of the streets. Stay away from any wire on the ground! Even though it appears to be dead, it could still carry electric. Dont be a statistic!

To report power outages or to find out how long power will be out please call
 PSE&G 1-800-436-7734(PSEG)

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE FAIR LAWN POLICE to inquire!


UPDATE 10/29/12 @1:45pm:

Hurricane force winds expected to reach Fair Lawn Area around 3pm!
Click here to read the article

BE PREPARED!!


In case your not aware, NJ is in for a wild, rare storm. Hurrican Sandy is on the way and forcasters are saying she's not looking good. With the possibility of strong winds, heavy downpours, flooding etc. the Fair Lawn PBA is urging residents to take precautions and prepare for the worst. Below are some informative websites to keep you up to date on the storm as well as how to prepare.

Preparedness:

NJ Office of Emergency Management

FEMA

American Red Cross

Fair Lawn Patch

Storm tracking:

National Oceanic and Atmospherical Administration (NOAA)

Weather.gov

Local websites:

Borough of Fair Lawn Online

Borough of Fair Lawn of Facebook



The Fair Lawn PBA urges residents to stay alert to suspicious activity given the recent attempted luring incidents.

Click here to read the Fair Lawn Patch article



Fair Lawn PBA Local #67
at
the River Road Street Fair

Thank you to all of you that took the time to stop by our tent at the River Road Street Fair! PBA Members gave out over over 500 coloring books, Halloween bags and over 1,000 Halloween Safety Tip hand outs! We also fingerprinted over 200 hundred children and provided special child safety information kits to their parents.

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for all of their hard work as well as the Fair Lawn Police Explorers and Auxiliary Police who once again showed their dedication to the community! Thanks to the Auxiliary Police as well.

 
Read our press release below
Halloween_Safety_Tips_Brochure_release.pdf
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Related Media Links
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Fair Lawn Patch



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President George H.W. Bush



May 16,2012

NJ Honor Guard Commander Lieutenant Robert Kneer, Honor Guard Members PO Michael OBrien, PO Eric Eleshewich, PO Louis Vasquez and Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 Representative Det. Peter Yuskaitis traveled to Washington DC to represent the Fair Lawn Police Department in honoring the memory of PO Mary Ann Collura. Mary Ann was murdered in the line of duty on April 17, 2003 and was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in 2004.

The delegation, along with thousands of officers, families, supporters and Honor Guards from around the country participated in the National Law Enforcement Memorial's Candlelight Vigil.

Honor Guard Members assisted survivors to the site as they were bused in and provided support services for the US Capital Police and US Park Police as we all joined together to remember those that have paid the ultimate price for their communites. 

Fair Lawn Honor Guard members were assigned to numerous details such as Honor Cordon at the Reflecting Pool for arriving survivors and Standing Guard at the Survivor's Vigil.

We have traveled to Washington DC every year since that terrible day to reflect, remember and honor our sister and all those that have died.

Three hundred and sixty two names were added to
the wall this year!


This hypelink below will bring you to the 362 names added to the wall this year.
 http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/Names-to-be-added-in-2012.pdf


For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial,
click below.
http://www.nleomf.org/memorial/

We have included some pictures of the events. See below.















Inefficient use
of police resources

Regarding "Bringing 911 calls under one big roof" (The Record Page A-1, Feb. 20):

There are several reasons why consolidating dispatch services would not be beneficial in Fair Lawn, a borough with a population of more than 31,000 people.

The Fair Lawn Police Department's Communications Division properly and promptly answered more than 11,400 911 calls in 2011; it also handled more than 150,000 phone calls for service.

Fair Lawn uses unique addressing in which a majority of properties have "dashed" addresses and people who call for help reference the section of town that they are in. Having someone who is not familiar with the borough handle emergency calls could delay response and potentially have tragic consequences.

In the past year, Fair Lawn has seen an increase in bank robberies, burglaries, assaults and car thefts. Having a local dispatcher familiar with the intricacies of the municipality saves valuable time; the local dispatcher knows the streets, people and problems and is a familiar voice to someone in their time of need.

Joe Cecere and David Boone

Fair Lawn, Feb. 28

Joe Cecere, a dispatcher in the Fair Lawn Police Department, is president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4840. David Boone is president of Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67.



February 28, 2012

DUE TO INCREASED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY LOCALLY, PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS FAIR LAWN PATCH ARTICLE ON HOME SECURITY PUT TOGETHER BY BROTHER RICH SCHULTZ.  FOR MORE, WE URGE YOU TO CHECK OUT OUR LONG RUNNING WEB SITE
PAGE ENTITLED "SAFETY TIPS!"



click on hypelink below

http://fairlawn.patch.com/announcements/residences-urged-to-take-simple-steps-to-reduce-and-prevent-burglaries


             

     

The Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association, Local 67 Honored Members
of the Fair Lawn Juvenile Conference Committee

February 29, 2012

http://fairlawn.patch.com/articles/juvenile-conference-committee-honored






Detective Jeff Welsh named Officer of the Year

February 6, 2012

Fair Lawn Police
Detective Jeff Welsh was recognized Thursday as the 2011-2012 District 2 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of New Jersey.

District 2, which comprises all of Bergen County, is the largest VFW district in New Jersey.

Det. Welsh, known within the department for his understated, yet authoritative manner, specializes in fraud investigations and often works with the Secret Service and other government investigative agencies.

"Brother Jeffrey Welsh is one of those unsung heroes who diligently carries out his work with the finest of work ethics possible," said Det. David Boone, president of Fair Lawn's Policemen's Benevolent Association. "He is a stickler for details and because of his attention to the minute details of cases, is able to solve many cases that others would have closed."

Welsh was instrumental in the murder investigation of Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura in 2003, and has led the way in many high profile cases over the years.

As the senior detective in the bureau, Welsh has taken on a mentoring role to the junior detectives, who frequently come to him with questions.

In an email, Boone called him "first and foremost a team player."

"Although he carries a very heavy caseload," Boone wrote, "he will always drop what he is doing to assist other officers or detectives in an investigation."


 19th Annual
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

February 25, 2012

Click below for more information..


http://njspba.com/New%20Local%20Events/19th%20Annual%20Polar%20Plunge.pdf




 As of MArch 2, 2012
Total Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths 

   Total Line of Duty Deaths: 20

 

FAIR LAWN PBA Local #67

P.O. Box 276, Fair Lawn, New Jersey  07410

“Proudly Serving the Community of Fair Lawn!”

                  

 Dear Editor:

"I've A Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore"

 

This past year, a whirlwind of change swept through the Borough of Fair Lawn leaving in its destructive path unimaginable scenarios. The Mayor and Council have often encountered many forks down the "yellow brick road," but the time has come for the voters to decide which way we should go. 

                        

For the first time ever in borough history, four Fair Lawn Police Officers (including three Iraq War Veterans) were fired by the Mayor and Council leaving our department at a dangerous staffing level.

 

On the very same day (September 1, 2010), when the four officers were forced to turn in their badges and guns, two other police officers were injured when a car attempted to run them over causing one officer to fire his service weapon. One officer was severely injured and remains out of work.

 

Throughout this year, there has been an increase in bank robberies, burglaries, assaults, and car thefts. It's hard to believe, but even a pipe bomb was detonated in our borough. Most recently, on October 15, 2011, a car theft suspect was charged with aggravated assault for attempting to ram an undercover police vehicle with a stolen car. These are scenes you may see in movies, but in Fair Lawn this is reality.

 

On November 8, it's time to pay attention to the man/woman behind the curtain. Each Fair Lawn voter has the power to decide the future of Fair Lawn. Remember, "there is no place like home."

 

 

David G. Boone

President, Fair Lawn PBA #67

Crime analysis report by state indicates
Fair Lawn Police Department is alarmingly understaffed

Monday, March 14, 2011
BY JUSTIN ZAREMBA
Community News (Fair Lawn Edition)
Staff Writer

Fair Lawn - A crime analysis of the borough conducted by the state police indicates the police department is understaffed compared to Bergen County and the New Jersey State Police.

The study is based off of borough statistics from 2005-2009 when the department had 64 officers as of Oct. 31, 2009 and a 2008 estimated population of 30,521. According to the figures, the Fair Lawn Police Department has 2.1 officers per thousand individuals, while Bergen County and the state police have 2.4 and 2.5 officers, respectively, per thousand individuals.

"Fair Lawn would need nine additional police officers to attain the rate of Bergen County," according to the study. "Twelve additional police officers would be needed to attain the rate of the state [police].

The study also indicates that the figures must be evaluated on a town-by-town basis.

"Attempts at comparisons of crime figures of police rates between jurisdictions should not be made without first considering the individual factors present in each community which may influence the volume and type of statistics presented here," according to the study.

Police Chief Erik Rose cited the study during the March 8 budget meeting and indicated that he wanted to hire six additional officers in the 2011 budget. Rose said the layoffs of four police officers and several retirements last year necessitated the increase. Additionally, Rose said he anticipated two retirements in the department later this year and that there are two officers who are currently inactive due to injuries.

Councilman Ed Trawinski suggested the borough consider hiring three police officers, while Deputy Mayor Steve Weinstein said the issue required more discussion.

Trawinski said the borough should also consider outsourcing police dispatch to the county as a cost-savings measure. Trawinski currently serves as administrator for Bergen County.

Currently, there are 54 police officers in the department - 10 officers less than in 2009 due to layoffs and retirements - including one chief, two captains, five lieutenants, eight sergeants and 38 officers. Last year, the borough laid off four police officers when the police unions declined to acquiesce to "voluntary furloughs."

Borough officials have stated that $1.2 million in state aid cuts last year resulted in numerous municipal cutbacks including furloughs and reduced services to residents. Officials said borough employees - with the exception of police - agreed to take 14 furlough days in order to stymie layoffs for the current year. Borough employees, however, have stated they did not agree to furloughs, but were forced to accept them in order to save their jobs.

Emergency personnel are exempt from mandatory furloughs under state law and police unions refused to accept offers of four furlough days due to claims of reduced safety to officers and residents. During this same period, the borough and police unions were also completing negotiations on the police contract, which expired Dec. 31, 2008. Union officials have suggested that by agreeing to furloughs they would have provided additional leverage to the borough during negotiations.

Three of the four officers who were laid off later found employment with other police departments.

E-mail: zaremba@northjersey.com

Check out this video from The Star Ledger
(click below)
http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid619329501001?bctid=1032975264001

Sweeney unleashes his fury as N.J. budget battle turns personal  

By Tom Moran/ The Star-Ledger

Senate President Stephen Sweeney went to bed furious Thursday night after reviewing the governor’s line-item veto of the state budget.

He woke up Friday morning even angrier.

“This is all about him being a bully and a punk,” he said in an interview Friday.

“I wanted to punch him in his head.”

Sweeney had just risked his political neck to support the governor’s pension and health reform, and his reward was a slap across the face. The governor’s budget was a brusque rejection of every Democratic move, and Sweeney couldn’t even get an audience with the governor to discuss it.

“You know who he reminds me of?” Sweeney says. “Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the mean old bastard who screws everybody.”

This is not your regular budget dispute. This is personal. And it could have seismic impact on state politics.

Because the working alliance between these two men is the central political fact in New Jersey these days. If that changes, this brief and productive era of bipartisan cooperation is over.

“Last night I couldn’t calm down,” Sweeney said. “To prove a point to me – a guy who has stood side by side with him, and made tough decisions – for him to punish people to prove his political point? He’s just a rotten bastard to do what he did.”

It is a law of nature that Democrats and Republicans fight over budgets, like dogs chasing cats. And both parties are playing to their ideological scripts in this dispute.
But Sweeney’s beef with the governor goes much deeper. He feels the governor has acted in bad faith.

The governor’s budget, he says, is full of vindictive cuts designed to punish Democrats, and anyone else who dared to defy him. And he is furious that the governor refused to talk to him during the final week.

“After all the heavy lifting that’s been done – the property tax cap, the interest arbitration reform, the pension and health care reform – and the guy wouldn’t even talk to me?” Sweeney asks.

The details are even uglier. The governor, Sweeney said, personally told him they would talk. His staff called Sweeney and asked him to remain close all day Wednesday. At one point, the staff told him the governor planned to call in five minutes.

No call.

No negotiations.

“I sat in my office all day like a nitwit, figuring we were going to talk,” Sweeney says.
As for the vindictive cuts, Sweeney’s list of suspects is a long one.

The governor cut the Senate and Assembly budgets, but not his own, a move that is unprecedented. He cut money from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, the outfit that sided with Democrats on this year’s revenue estimates.

He cut a fellowship program run by Alan Rosenthal, the Rutgers University professor who served as referee in this year’s legislative redistricting fight, and sided with Democrats.
When Democrats tried to restore money to a few favorite programs – including college scholarships for poor students, and legal aid for the needy – the governor not only rejected the additions, he added new cuts on top of that.

He mowed down a series of Democratic add-ons, including $45 million in tax credits for the working poor, $9 million in health care for the working poor, $8 million for women’s health care, another $8 million in AIDS funding and $9 million in mental-health services.
But the governor added $150 million in school aid for the suburbs, including the wealthiest towns in the state. That is enough to restore all the cuts just listed.

“Listen, you can punch me in the face and knock me down, do what you want,” Sweeney says. “But don’t be vindictive and punish innocent people. These people didn’t do anything to him. It’s like a bank robber taking hostages. And now he’s starting to shoot people.

“I liken it to being spoiled. He was angry because he wanted a mutual budget. But do you hurt people because of that? Do you take $8 million in AIDS funding away? Legal services is drowning as it is, and you take away another $5 million? I’m just so angry that he hurt people like this to prove a point. He is a cruel man.”

The governor refused to discuss this, as did his chief of staff, Richard Bagger, and his treasurer, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff. Republican legislative leaders, who have been reduced to impotent Bobbleheads in the Christie era, say only that they agree with the governor, whatever he says.

This tiff began when Democrats decided to draft their own budget, as an alternative to the governor’s and a means of contrasting their priorities with his.

The governor’s office wanted to negotiate a single budget instead. But they would not discuss it until an agreement was reached on pension and health reform, according to Sweeney and the chairmen of the budget committees in the Assembly and Senate. In the end, the reform wasn’t signed until Tuesday, just two days before the budget was due.
So Christie took the Democratic plan, and pruned it with his line-item veto, without talking to Sweeney. When Democrats saw it, they considered it a declaration of war. It gave no ground to their priorities, and it came with a condescending lecture.

“He’s mean-spirited,” Sweeney said in the Friday interview. “He’s angry. If you don’t do what he says, I liken it to being spoiled, I’m going to get my way, or else.”
And: “He’s a rotten prick.”

The truth is that in New Jersey, the governor has all the power in a budget fight. He simply vetoes any budget line he doesn’t like, and it disappears.

The bigger political question is whether Sweeney and Christie will ever find common ground again on big issues. Education reform is next, though it’s likely to wait until after the November elections.

That leaves time to cool off. But Sweeney may benefit from a continuing fight. The party’s liberal base is furious at him over pension and health reform. And unless he regains their trust, he’s not likely to win the party’s nomination for governor or U.S. Senate, as he hopes.

For now, Sweeney will have to content himself with making Republicans pay some price for this budget. He plans to schedule override votes on these line-item vetoes.

The Republican Bobbleheads will side with the governor again, and the vetoes will stand. But individual legislators will have to go on record supporting each of these ugly cuts.
Yes, this will be all theater. And yes, it will be all partisan. Sadly, it seems Trenton is reverting to form. 


Christie campaign letter promised 'no harm' to police, firefighter pensions

http://cliffviewpilot.com/beyond/2154-christie-campaign-letter-promised-no-harm-to-police-firefighter-pensions

Friday, 25 February 2011 19:52 Jerry DeMarco

"The claim that any harm would come to your pension when I'm elected Governor is absolutely untrue. It is a 100% lie," Chris Christie wrote to New Jersey law enforcement officers during his campaign against Jon Corzine. The 2009 letter, and a near-carbon copy sent to firefighters, has resurfaced amid Christie's bid to overhaul public servants' pension system.

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Gov. Christie
"Nothing will change for the pensions of current officers, future officers or retirees in a Christie Administration," says the "Open Letter to Members of Our Law Enforcement Community," simply signed "Chris."

"I have repeated time and time again that the pension agreement we made with our member our law enforcement community must be respected," the 2009 letter adds. "It is a sacred trust."

Christie sent a similar "sacred trust" letter to firefighters through the state, adding: "The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth.

"No one will stand up for you more than I will."

"Do not believe the lies that have been spread about my proposals," Christie told both groups. "Your pension will be protected when I am elected Governor."


"The claim that any harm would come to your pension when I'm elected Governor is absolutely untrue. It is a 100% lie," Chris Christie wrote to New Jersey law enforcement officers during his campaign against Jon Corzine. The 2009 letter, and a near-carbon copy sent to firefighters, has resurfaced amid Christie's bid to overhaul public servants' pension system.

 
Chris
"Nothing will change for the pensions of current officers, future officers or retirees in a Christie Administration," says the "Open Letter to Members of Our Law Enforcement Community," simply signed "Chris."

"I have repeated time and time again that the pension agreement we made with our member our law enforcement community must be respected," the 2009 letter adds. "It is a sacred trust."

Christie sent a similar "sacred trust" letter to firefighters through the state, adding: "The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth.

"No one will stand up for you more
than I will
."

"Do not believe the lies that have been spread about my proposals," Christie told both groups. "Your pension will be protected when I am elected Governor."

Fair Lawn Maple Glenn Nursing Home employee charged with bilking

A Fair Lawn nursing home employee from Lodi conned an 82-year-old Maywood victim into giving her power of attorney, then drained nearly $30,000 from his bank account to buy things for herself before she was arrested, police said.

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Kye M. Giacalone
(MUGSHOT: Maywood PD)
Detectives from Maywood arrested 31-year-old Kye M. Giacalone on Friday and charged her with several counts of theft.

Giacalone worked in the admissions office of the Maple Glenn Nursing Home, where she befriended the victim, Maywood Detective Sgt. Mark Gillies said.

After getting power of attorney, she began opening credit cards under the victim's name that she used for herself, he said.

Giacalone continued the thefts ever after the resident moved to another nursing home, Gillies said.

A family friend noticed the money missing and contacted police.

Giacalone was released on $20,000 bail Friday night pending a hearing in Maywood Municipal Court.