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NY State Police leadership in turmoil

Oct 10, 2022 12:30 am

Brendan J. Lyons is reporting for the Times Union that New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen formally resigned on Oct. 7, just days after Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed that her office was looking into allegations against him. The governor's inquiry included reports that he allegedly shielded a former human resources official from internal complaints due to their close working relationship. His resignation is effective in two weeks. In another, unrelated State Police matter, Thomas H. Mungeer, the longtime head of the agency's union, was placed on leave by its board. Hochul acknowledged last week that she had directed her counsel's office to look into numerous allegations that have been swirling around Bruen for several weeks, including in posts made on private social media websites that are reserved for current and former State Police members. Bruen was appointed by former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as superintendent in June 2021, two months before the former governor resigned. Following news of Bruen's resignation, Hochul released a statement thanking him for his service and announcing that First Deputy Superintendent Steven Nigrelli will serve as acting superintendent on an interim basis. The exit of Mungeer, who has led the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association since 2009, was unexpected. The PBA board met in executive session on October 6 and voted to place him on leave, according to State Police sources familiar with the matter. The board is reportedly examining expense reports as well as the union's insurance contracts. The PBA, which represents more than 3,600 members, recently appointed a new treasurer. The PBA's longtime counsel Rich Mulvaney submitted his notice of resignation last week, as well. Read the full story in the Times Union.