Friday, April 19, 2013
In a letter to the editor, Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association president Michael O'Brien sends his thanks to those who attended the 10th Anniversary ceremonies Wednesday to honor fallen officer Mary Ann Collura.
On behalf of Fair Lawn PBA Local 67, words cannot express our sincere gratitude to our brothers and sisters in blue, emergency services, family members, neighbors, friends, and elected officials who attended our special memorial for fallen Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura on April 17. The outpouring of support comforted many of us on that distressing day and we wholeheartedly appreciate the Memorial wreaths, Police Honor Guards, Motorcycle Squads, and those who took time out of their day to be a part of something so important. It's hard to believe that 10 years has come and gone since our sister was taken from us. Every day, we think of her and her family, and remember the positive impact she has had on all of our lives. We will…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Fair Lawn police, rescue squad and police dispatchers teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps this holiday season to collect Toys for Tots.
Fair Lawn emergency service workers set quite the bar for toy collections this past holiday season. In their first year participating in the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program, the Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association, in concert with the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad and Fair Lawn Police Dispatchers collected more toys than any of the other 42 collection stations throughout the area, PBA president Michael O'Brien said. O'Brien said he had no idea they had collected 3,041 toys until recently when the PBA received a tally of the items they collected and a plaque from the Saddle River Detachment No. 1211 Marine Corps League recognizing them for their contributions. "I was truly inspired by my brothers and sister as we worked as a team…
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67 presented awards to officers for a variety of achievements at a recent ceremony.
The Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67 honored some of its members for their outstanding contributions to the community at an annual awards ceremony held recently at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club. The PBA recognized officers for a range of achievements from resuscitating residents to apprehending crime suspects. "We are proud of all of our officers and their outstanding accomplishments," PBA president Michael O'Brien said in a statement. "By working together, we will continue to make Fair Lawn a great place to live and work." Five officers received medals during the ceremony for bringing citizens back to life. Officers Luis Vasquez and Christoper Siano were recognized for reviving resident Barry Friedman, whom they found …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67 will hold down a booth at the River Road Street Fair on Sunday, where they'll distribute safety tip sheets, coloring books and candy.
This year, keeping in mind the borough's diverse population, the Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67 has put a little polyglot twist on the customary Halloween safety sheets the group distributes at the River Road Street Fair. For the first time, the PBA's Halloween Safety Tips trifold has been translated into four languages — English, Spanish, Russian and Hebrew — so it can reach each of Fair Lawn's most prominent demographic groups. Universal Dialect in Teaneck provided the translations. In addition to the safety tips sheets, kids who stop by the PBA's booth on Sunday will receive a Halloween-themed coloring book and have the opportunity to get fingerprinted for an I.D. kit. The PBA, Fair Lawn Police Auxiliary and …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The All-Sports Baseball Majors league is made up of fourth through sixth graders.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
After finishing the regular season with a losing record, PBA, an All-Sports youth baseball team of fourth, fifth and sixth graders, came together for a dramatic playoff run that culminated Wednesday night with a 7-6 victory over the Cosmos Club in the Majors League championship. "When the Fair Lawn Baseball Majors season started," assistant coach Benny Salerno said after the game, "we knew we had something special." The team started the season slowly, each game a work in progress, but over the course of the year PBA steadily improved and gelled just in time for the playoffs. "PBA team, as a whole, played together and never gave up," said Salerno, who along with longtime head coach Robbie Sharples and assistants John Arena and Christine …
Friday, January 13, 2012
The manager said he will be thoroughly investigating the matter and making a recommendation to council on how to proceed
The Fair Lawn police union announced Friday that it had taken a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the police department under Chief Erik Rose and Capt. Joseph Cook. Det. David Boone, president of Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67, said 92 percent of the members supported the no confidence vote, which took place Wednesday. "Never in the history of our department have the members found it necessary to take such a vote, but never have we found ourselves in a position such as we are now," Boone said. Since 2007, rank-and-file officers have filed multiple lawsuits against the department, Rose and Cook that allege harassment, discrimination and retaliatory tactics. Boone said the same pattern of behavior alleged of …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
David Boone, Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 67 President, discusses his thoughts on the indemnification of Police Chief Erik Rose and Captain Joseph Cook
At Tuesday's council meeting, Fair Lawn's council voted 4-1 (Deputy Mayor Joe Tedeschi was the lone "No" vote) to shield Police Chief Erik Rose and Captain Joseph Cook from liability in a number of lawsuits filed against them by police officers who seek punitive damages. David Boone, Fair Lawn's PBA president, offers his thoughts on the indemnification: I was told a while ago by a council member that they felt that they have to indemnify the chief or else "no one would ever take the job." While I completely understand the logic behind this, I also understand that this could create an endless cycle of lawsuits. Bad management does not get better by covering its mistakes. The problem now is clearly that we have entered this vicious cycle …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association President David Boone responds to reader's inquiries about police layoffs and furlough days last year.
Due to questions I've received from readers regarding the police layoffs last year, I asked PBA president David Boone to respond and present the police department's perspective on the matter. Here's what he had to say: It's easy to say that we should just take furlough days and the matter is over, but the answer is a little more complicated because you are dealing with public safety and the safety of officers. I will try to address it though in these points: 1. We were already down quite a few officers and if officers did agree to take furlough days it would have caused overtime and that in turn would have been more expensive to the borough than the savings. It doesn't make sense to do this option. 2. With officers on furlough days it…
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Fair Lawn Borough Council election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Get to Know a Candidate -- Fast Facts Cristina Cutrone Age: 28 Family: Husband, Stephen Musnikow; Dog, Boomer (Boston Terrier) Job: History teacher, Tenafly High School Education: BA, University of Maryland (Secondary Education; Government and Politics); MA, New Jersey City University (Urban Education) Ties to Fair Lawn: Has lived in Fair Lawn for 1.5 years; Husband Stephen grew up in Fair Lawn and is a lifelong resident. Favorite TV Show: All time --West Wing; Current -- The Office Favorite Movie: The Last Emperor Favorite Book: "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger Favorite Musical Artist: Billy Joel and Ben Folds Favorite Song: “Angry Young Man” – Billy Joel and “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds Favorite Fair Lawn Restaurant: Oceanos …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Cristina Cutrone issued a statement Wednesday clarifying some of her comments at Sunday's candidate forum
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Following comments made about the police department by Democratic candidate Cristina Cutrone at Sunday's candidate forum, PBA president David Boone wrote a strongly worded letter to the editor. On Wednesday, Cutrone wrote her own letter to clear the air and clarify her position: "Our Fair Lawn Police Department does an outstanding job keeping our families safe and secure. Our officers have done an admirable job filling in for three officers who have been out on medical leave for the past year. Their commitment to our community should be applauded. There are arguments on both sides of the issue on whether or not we should hire more officers to reduce overtime. As a council member I will have to weigh the cost to taxpayers of hiring …