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I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members and friends a Happy New Year! As you read this newsletter we have all recently enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the holidays with our friends and families. During these festive times it is impor-tant that we remember that many of our brothers and sisters in New Jersey law enforcement are less fortunate than us. This past fall has left many of our colleagues and friends without a job due to budget issues. It is incumbent on us all to remember those officers and they’re families. Take a moment to reach out for them and make sure that they are not forgotten about as we wait for them to be returned back to work. During this past December our organiza-tion hosted another successful Holiday Party for the children of Big Broth-ers and Big Sisters of New Jersey. These tough economic times caused the numbers of these disadvantaged children to swell. This was the largest party the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey ever held. I am truly appreciative to the mem-bers of our organization that donated their time, money and efforts to make this Christmas a little brighter for these kids. Chief Joseph Rutigliano and Society Vice President Jerry On-nembo of the Wood-Ridge Police Department did a fantastic job as the Chairman of the Holiday Toy Drive. This January marks the beginning of a new term for the Execu-tive Board of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey. As we enthusiastically begin our new term of service to the organization I would like to welcome two new members to the Executive Board, Lieutenant Daniel Solutti of the Jersey City Police Depart-ment and Police Officer David Cavaliere of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department , both are newly elected Trus-tees. I am honored to have these two highly respected law enforce-ment officers serving on our board. I would like to take this New Year as an opportunity for our Ex-ecutive Board to rejuvenate ourselves to serve this membership of New Jersey’s finest of the fin-est! I also salute the members of other police fraternal, ethnic and labor organizations for their leadership. We should come together as a group to fight the chal-lenges of law enforce-ment in our state in the coming year. As always I am honored to be your President and look forward to the opportunity to serve.