Clarkstown PBA President to County: "Refrain from Blaming the Police"

John M. Hanchar—President, Clarkstown PBA—speaks out against the legislature's resolution in which blame was placed on police officers for "unlawful actions of some motorists"


Editor's Note: The following is a letter from John M. Hanchar—President, Clarkstown PBA to the Rockland County Legislature


Ladies and Gentleman of the Rockland County Legislature;

I am writing to express my displeasure at a portion of a resolution, announced in a press release published August 9th 2012, and voted on by all but one member of the legislature, regarding a by the County of Rockland against the Town of Clarkstown. The lawsuit is aimed to address the town's named "Samuel Drive" located in the hamlet of Nanuet.

Irrespective of the merits of the lawsuit, or your position on the town's legal ability to act in the manner they did, I find it disappointing that such a respected body as the Rockland County Legislature would seemingly blame the officers of the Clarkstown Police Department for the unlawful actions of some motorists.   

The officers of this department annually issue thousands of summonses, and twice as many warnings, to motorists in an attempt to increase safety on our roads.  This is done in addition to the officers regular duties that keep them busy, responding to over 50,000 calls for help per year.

In fact, the Clarkstown traffic court is among the busiest in the State of New York, and is the busiest town (non city) court in the Empire State.  According to Chief Michael Sullivan, the dept has responded to the resident's complaints with directed traffic patrols, selective enforcement, decoy police vehicles, solar powered speed indicator signs as well as conducting traffic count studies.

Speeding on Newport drive occurs despite a heavy police presence, rather than because of a lack of presence. The Clarkstown PBA has taken no stand on the issue of the road closure, other than to say that we do not feel that the closure significantly impacts emergency operations in the town.  We ask that in future discussions and publications, you refrain from blaming the police for the actions of some motorists, or implying that the reason for the town's action is some inaction on the part of our officers.  

Thank you for your attention.
John M. Hanchar—President, Clarkstown PBA


Editor's Note: Here's a look back at Patch articles about the Samuel Road Closure:

Watchdog August 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
DO they need 24 sick days? Are they that unhealthy?
Pat August 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Mr. Truth, Are the police compensated for unused sick days when they retire?
Watchdog August 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Pat, if you askTom Truth any questions you will be accused of being a "police basher" or calling cops "overpaid useless public servants" !!!
Clarkstown life August 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
..."if these jobs were really open to the public"????? there is a TEST in november...one test every four years OPEN to the public.....tell your great grand kids to take the test dog....highly competitive from what i hear, so tell them to study
Tom Truth August 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
There's only one person "whining" on here, and it's the same whine over and over. If someone tries to rationally explain something that is not whining. You denigrate anyone who dares to have a view that is not the same as yours. To answer Pat, yes, they do get to cash in unused sick days (up to a certain point). Some other departments, including NYPD, have unlimited sick policies, but have certain safeguards in place to try to avoid abuse of that policy.


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