BCPBA Stands With Local Restrauntuer

BCPBA Stands With Local Restrauntuer


DATE: November 10, 2015
CONTACT: Jeff Marano, 954.584.7600

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – With the vitriol and threats of violence against law enforcement at an all-time high, the President of Broward County’s largest police union has called on his membership, as well as all of those that support the police, to patronage Wings Plus in Coral Springs, Fla., as a result of the backlash the proprietor is receiving for his public support of law enforcement.

The owner, Brian Walsh, Sr., recently posted a letter on Facebook he received complaining about the hanging of a banner at his establishment that read, “Wings Plus Supports All Law Enforcement God Bless America!”

“This is just another twisted, cop-hating Broward resident who unfortunately echoes some of the same sentiments as several of our local elected officials grandstanding for votes,” said Jeff Marano, Broward County PBA President.

The letter, written anonymously, stated that since Walsh “support(s) killing and murdering law enforcement” this customer will “choose to support local businesses that stand for what’s right.” The letter writer added, “At a time when police officers are killing innocent and unarmed men, women, and children in this country, your message to the world made your personal views loud and clear.”

Wings Plus is located at 9880 West Sample Road.

PBA Lobbyists Meet With Senate President Andy Gardiner


We are in the final week of the THIRD special session of 2015. The Legislature spent the week balancing a redrawing of the Florida Senate districts with interim committee meetings. Our legislative agenda saw a very limited amount of activity this week, but we were able to sit with Senate President Andy Gardiner.

Our conversation with President Gardiner touched on all of our agenda items. We talked at length about raises for our state employee bargaining unit members along with the creation of a career development plan for all first responders employed by state agencies. The President took time to emphasize his support for increasing the special risk death benefits legislation currently working its way through both chambers. We agreed to keep him in the loop on our issues as they progress through the process. We are grateful for his time and attention especially considering the difficulties surrounding the special session. Our plan is to have a follow up meeting with him and his staff midway through the regular session.

Now that we have met with both presiding officers, we will schedule meetings with the appropriations chairmen and staff, individual legislators and the executive office.

Also please note, we met with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam last week to discuss our legislative agenda. He was gracious with his time and expressed an interest in several of our issues.

We still have a long ways to go. Many of issues are still in bill drafting so we hope by next committee week to have a list of all of our bills and sponsors.

We supported HB 93 in Wednesday’s House Criminal Justice committee. This legislation which attempts to create statewide guidelines for use of body cameras is a repeat effort from last session. The bill does not mandate body cameras. It simply sets minimum standards for policy and requires proper training of all personnel prior to implementation in an agency. The bill passed the committee by a 13 – 0 vote.

Finally, thank you to everyone who took our legislative survey this past week. We received a lot of valuable information and we will use it as a guide to our approach this session.

Until next time, stay safe.

Matt Puckett
Executive Director
Florida PBA

The Fallout From Negron’s Senate Presidency Win


By Matt Dixon
Politico Florida

TALLAHASSEE – A Senate presidency fight that had killed top leadership priorities, played a starring role in derailed legislative sessions, and been the dominant force in the Legislature’s upper chamber for nearly three years has come to an end.

Sen. Jack Latvala Thursday conceded to Sen. Joe Negron, the member he has duked it out with, often very publicly, for the past few legislative sessions.

“The leadership race in the Florida Senate is over,” read a press release announcing Negron’s victory. “Senator Latvala has requested that his supporters in the Senate and in open seats support Senator Negron to serve as Senate President in the 2017-18 term.”

Click here for the complete story.

BCPBA Endorses Osgood and Brinkworth For Broward County School Board


The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support for Dr. Rosalind Osgood (District 5) and Heather Pomper Brinkworth (District 3) for seats on the Broward County School Board in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

A Broward County native, Dr. Osgood has served as a minister, social worker and teacher in Broward County for the past 20 years. In 2012 Dr. Osgood was elected to the School Board of Broward County to represent District 5 by 70% of the voters.

Dr. Osgood has been recognized by her peers as a true community leader. She is the former public policy chair for both the Broward County and State of Florida branches of the American Association of University Women. She has served four years as a member of the Substance Abuse Advisory Board for Broward County, two years on the CRA Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Board of Directors for the Broward Coalition for the Homeless. She is the former vice chair of the Broward County Housing Council. In 2013, Dr. Osgood became the First Female Chaplain for the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

A graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School, Dr. Osgood earned both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Brinkworth is a third generation Broward County resident and has lived in District 3 since 1982. She is a proud product of Broward County Schools, having attended Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Rogers Middle School, Hollywood Hills High School and Stranahan High School.

Brinkworth’s community involvement includes having served as the chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Education Advisory Board, as a member of the Broward County Public Schools District Advisory County, and former PTA President at Bayview Elementary. During her time on the Education Advisory Board Heather attended Student Success Opportunity School meetings in the community, and encouraged the members to take an active role in education issues.

Brinkworth attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English.

Attention Miramar Officers & Sergeants Bargaining Unit

Postponement Of Ratification Vote

ATTENTION MIRAMAR OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS BARGAINING UNIT … Late this afternoon the Broward PBA became aware of language that has not been incorporated into the proposed collective bargaining agreement. This language is only related to Article 29 at this time. We were not able to resolve this discrepancy with the City at this late hour. Unfortunately, we cannot proceed with the ratification vote until this issue is clarified. I apologize if this has caused any inconvenience.

– Jeff Marano, President Broward County PBA

Postponement of Ratification Vote