Monday, February 17, 2014

Vet-Gate Linked to Latest Corruption Mess

As we indicated in our latest post, Acting Chief of Police James Behr's challenge to Bloomfield's Town Council has had the side effect of dampening the feud between Bloomfield's two police unions: the Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. While officers throughout NJ and beyond are urging their brethren to support Behr at Tuesday's Conference Meeting(now officially moved to the larger chamber in Town Hall), a local spokesman for the FOP is reminding their followers that the PBA dispute by veterans McCracken and Cartegena has not been forgotten:

"We hope that Bernard is disciplined and that Bloomfield also looks into who has let this behavior go on for so long and disciplines those individuals as well.
We're not sure why Behre continues to bring Cofone and Goul into the Behre/Bernard controversy. What's amusing is that we know for certain that the Bernard issue was going on while Goul was Chief and we were told he and Sierchio were well aware of it and let it go on.
We’re pretty sure that Ehrenburg "changed his mind" about Cofone about the time when both Cofone (1/17) and Sierchio (1/14) chose to make what we were told were staffing announcements with unauthorized FB posts (these posts are screen shot on our page, just go to the photos section to see them). Cofone’s post on FB prompted the Bloomfield PD to recirculate their social media policy that very same day (it was originally put in place in 2012, one would assume that these men in such positions of power would know their job’s policies and follow them- Sierchio’s latest violation of the policy happened this week). Cofone deleted his FB account shortly thereafter.
We are also pretty sure that according to policy, there will need to be a Chief’s test and normal procedure in place for Behre to actually be the official Chief of the Bloomfield PD.
We love how Behre says that “Goul had to leave because of political pressure.” Let’s remember that Goul was forced into retirement as was Sierchio (Mr. “Neutral Party”- ha!) because of the route they chose to take with the railroading of Hector and Michael. We cringe to think that Behre believed Goul and Sierchio acted accordingly with regard to Hector and Michael.
Personally, we think that both Sierchio and Goul should have been terminated vs. allowed to retire and collect their pensions (remember when they suspended Hector and Michael pending termination--- WITHOUT PAY? We do!).
We also feel that Bernard should be disciplined. There has been far too much corruption going on for far too long. And, don’t even get us started on Ehrenburg. He’s sat by and let too much go on for too long. Maybe Q1 will be a turning point for Bloomfield. We can only hope. Way too much to think about on a snowy Saturday. Tuesday's meeting will be interesting for sure."
Mayor Venezia appeared to be encouraging an even bigger turnout on Tuesday with his latest tweet:
  "... good results will come at tomorrow night council meeting, hope you can make to show support of Vets #BloomfieldNJ"

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