Former Local 854 Leader
Al Hagan, the respected former president of the IAFF’s New York Fire Officers 2,700-member Local 854, makes no bones about it when he asks:
“I wonder if anyone will get to spend some quality time in a Federal Correctional Institution?”
Hagan was commenting on the recent revelations concerning IAFF president-for-life Harold’s Schaitberger’s many financial and ethical misdeeds.
Hagan, a 41-year FDNY veteran during and after the “fire wars” era served in the South Bronx and Spanish Harlem retiring as a captain from Ladder 43.
Hagan also says:
“Harold’s Machiavellian maneuverings all designed to cut the legs off potential rivals so he could maintain total control, may what will prove his undoing.”
Hagan represents the IAFF at its best: a seasoned and veteran firefighter who went on to become a successful union leader of integrity; he is the polar opposite of Schaitberger who was a firefighter for a handful of years before he began shaking down the IAFF in 1976.
“As this unfolds, I’m sure that we will be made aware of even more disturbing information.”
He’s right, there are many more shoes to drop.
He sent the to his listserv which contains the 105-page document spelling out Schaitberger’s scams; something IAFF vice-presidents continue to fail to do.
The only thing which will save the IAFF at this point is complete and full disclosure, a fact the vice-presidents continue to ignore at their peril.
With Hagan’s departure, Schaitberger’s remaining support continues to empty out faster than a bottle of Grey Goose at his lips.
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