By: David Ross
|6 Long Island police officers demoted for being Republicans|
Police Commissioner Michael Tangney of Long Beach, a veteran Democrat, reduced their rank, cut their overtime, switched to midnight shifts and even filed false charges against them for internal "political vendetta", say senior officers in a lawsuit of $39 million.
"It's just the way politics works in this city," Tangney reportedly told an officer, while he was degraded.
Officers James Canner, 44, Karl Hayes, 42, James McCormack, 55, John Radin, 53, Benjamin Tayne, 47, and Jose Miguez, 39, say they sought out to their union for help, but the then president of the union Chernaski Stefan, another Democrat, ignored them.
Chernaski filed his own claim of $27.5 million last year against a Republican administration, then, claiming harassment. He settled for $25,000, and has gotten two promotions and a pay increase of $20,000 when Democrats rushed into power.
Chernaski had never worked as a detective, however, he was put in charge of the detective
division, knocking aside Canner, a decorated officer who supported the Republican opponent, Darlene, for Nassau County Legislature.
When Hayes learned of his dismissal of the supervisor position to sergeant, he "began to mourn hysterically three to five minutes," according to documents from federal court in Brooklyn.
He suffered huge stress from the demotions and suddenly put on the midnight shift caused McCormack, a lieutenant who directed the traffic division to quit, the suit alleges.