January 12

Hamilton Green to get Prime Minister’s pension, other benefits

first_imgThe Government of Guyana through the Finance Ministry is preparing to approve a legislative package to give to Hamilton Green the pension, benefits and other amenities afforded to a former Prime Minister.Former Prime Minister Hamilton GreenFinance Minister Winston Jordan is slated to move the Bill for a first reading when the House meets again on Monday, to deal primarily with Opposition-related matters.According to the Order of Business set out for parliamentarians and approved by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, Minister Jordan will present to the House, on behalf of Government the “Prime Minister Hamilton Green Pension Bill”.That Bill, according to the description in the Order Paper, will pave the way for an Act “to provide a pension, benefits and other facilities to Hamilton Green, Prime Minister from 1985 to 1992, to enable him to live in keeping with the high office he occupied”.Green was the recent beneficiary of a package that had been moved at the municipal level until Government could put a more substantial one in place.City Councillors recently voted in favour of a motion to have the services of the City Constabulary Department extended to Green.That motion was moved by Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and seconded by Councillor Heston Bostwick at the Council’s most recent statutory meeting.It was reported that until a package becomes available from Government, City Hall wants Green to benefit from the services of security guards at his residence.Chase Green at the time had remarked the former mayor served for 20 years in a succession and his was a unique case.Green served as Guyana’s Prime Minister under the People’s National Congress (PNC) Desmond Hoyte’s administration, from August 6, 1985 to October 9, 1992.Green was succeeded by Samuel Hinds, who represented the Civic component of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) following elections in 1992 that saw that Party taking office under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.In March 1993, Green sued the PNC for violation of his constitutional rights when that party at its Congress voted to expel him from the party.He subsequently went on to form the Good and Green Guyana (GGG) party and successfully contested the 1996 Local Government Elections where he secured the mayorship of Georgetown – which he held until 2016 due in large part to the extended hiatus in the hosting of Local Government Elections.Green was successfully readmitted to the PNC during the mid-2000s after a successful petition by the party’s New York Branch.The former Prime Minister and Mayor currently serves at the helm of the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) — a position he was appointed to following the May 2015 electoral victory by the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition.Green was also more recently bestowed with a National Award – the Order of Roraima –for his prolonged and sustained commitment to public service in Guyana.last_img read more

January 11

10,000 L.A. cops by 2009

first_img“Putting more officers on the street is my top priority, so we are going to push the envelope further.” The money for the new hires will come from the $127 million generated from monthly trash fees, which jumped from $11 to $18 last year and will go to $28 by 2010. No new taxes will be requested in the $6.7 billion spending plan, which is scheduled for release April 20, he said. Villaraigosa had hoped to hire 650 officers this year, but an aggressive recruitment effort will result in 750 new hires by June 30, he said. Hiring 780 more next year will bring the LAPD up to 9,780 officers by June 2008. “We did this despite the naysayers and the critics who said it couldn’t be done,” Villaraigosa said, adding that he believes the LAPD will have 10,000 officers – his long-stated goal – by 2009 and 10,349 cops the next year. “We will still be under-policed, but we will be putting more officers on the street,” Villaraigosa said. Bratton, the former chief of the Boston and New York police departments, has long complained that L.A. has fewer officers for its population than any other major city. The LAPD has never had more than 9,737 – a level it reached in 1997 – and now has 9,432. The LAPD’s hiring effort has been bolstered by a number of incentives, including $1,000 bonuses for those who refer recruits to the agency. The City Council is considering a program that would offer signing bonuses of $5,000 to recruits and up to $10,000 for experienced officers who transfer to the LAPD. In order to put more officers on patrol while recruits are being trained, Villaraigosa said, he hopes to increase the amount of money available to the LAPD for overtime. Budget director Sally Choi said details of the budget are still being finalized. The LAPD’s current budget is $1.3 billion – the most of any city department – with $76 million earmarked for overtime pay. Much of the overtime budget is now used to pay officers for court appearances and for special details. City Councilmen Dennis Zine, himself a retired LAPD sergeant, and Bill Rosendahl joined Villaraigosa at the news conference to support his plans. “This mayor has followed through on his word,” Rosendahl said. “I was worried last year when we imposed the trash fee on residents that the money would (not) be used as we said it would. This mayor made sure we used the money as we promised, for more police.” Zine said the mayor’s program reflects public demand. “I know this mayor won’t rest until we are the safest big city in the nation,” Zine said. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the LAPD topping its hiring goal for this year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he wants to hire 780 officers next year, giving the city 10,000 cops by 2009. Previewing the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Villaraigosa predicted that the Los Angeles Police Department will gain about 300 officers, with the rest filling vacancies created by retirements or attrition. The officers will be used to staff new stations proposed for the northwest San Fernando Valley and Mid-City areas and to beef up patrols citywide. “Our Police Department has made remarkable progress over the past five years under the leadership of Chief Bill Bratton,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference at the LAPD’s training academy in Westchester. “Violent crime is down and Los Angeles residents are safer than they have been in 50 years. But we need to do more. last_img read more