On December 12th, 1996 I was given the opportunity to become a Correction Officer. After four months in the Correction Academy, I was assigned to ARDC (now RNDC).
The best kept secret in the New York City Department of Correction, where everyone works well together, is that after being on the wheel for twelve years, I noticed a downward shift in the Department by management. Rather than be a locker room lawyer complaining about it, I chose to run for Delegate in 2008 and won, joining COBA in the fight against management where we were successful at reducing command disciplines and penalties.
After being re-elected in 2012 continuing to represent the greatest rank in the Department, I was appointed in October 2013 by Norman Seabrook and the COBA Executive Board to join them as the Manhattan Borough Trustee.
In closing, I want to give a shout out to anyone and everyone who has manned a B-post. This is a thankless job but it’s the foundation of this Department. You have used and continue to use your wits, compassion and yes, permissible force, when confronted with some of the most dangerous inmates in the country. Remember, a tree doesn't grow from the branches down, it grows from the root up and the B-officer is the root of this Department. Everyone won't be a Captain, an ADW, a Warden or a Chief, but everyone will be an officer.