I’m Thomas Earl and I recently retired as a captain after serving 28 years with the Weehawken Police department. I would like to take a few moments of your time to tell you about a very good friend, Richard DeCosmis. I felt I needed to write this letter after his honesty and integrity were attacked by the mayor! Rich DeCosmis is the kind of guy you want on your side. He has never backed down and will always do what’s right. It is that desire to do what is right, that has pushed him to run for council. Rich has spent his own money, and used his vacation time, to run a campaign on his terms. I can honestly tell you, he has been offered many campaign donations, and has turned down every penny! I’m not a political type of guy, but I can talk to you about Rich as a person! As a police officer, we could always count on him. He was professional, wise, and ready to do what needed to be done. As a supervisor, he was always looking out for his officers, and made sure the public was treated with respect. In fact, our Public Safety Director often called Rich his best supervisor, and made him training officer!
We all know about his rescue of a drowning man in the Hudson River. If it wasn't for Rich and his partner Jon Sabato, that man would not be alive today! Rich also spent time working undercover for the Hudson County narcotics task force, and brought that experience back to Weehawken as a skilled investigator.
Now you know how he digs up all those facts he’s been giving you! Over his career he made his way up the ranks and never lost focus along the way, he always went the extra mile, even when he was off duty! Remember after Hurricane Sandy, Rich went down to the shades and helped clean the streets. He brought gas to folks who needed it and food for the shelter. He even lent his generator to those without power. That’s who he is! I’m sure you've seen the articles about Rich’s charitable work. He organizes officers each year to raise money for Special Olympics, by pulling a jumbo jet at Newark airport!
But, what I found the most rewarding personally, was when he and I spearheaded an event to raise money for a brother officer’s ailing daughter. While having coffee at a diner, Rich said he wanted to do something for this little girl, and we started the ball rolling. Well, Rich took off with it and just a couple weeks later the event took place. I can tell you this, never in my time in Weehawken, have I seen such an outpouring of support. What we thought was going to be 50 people and a raffle, turned out to be 550 people and donations from across the tri-state area. No speeches, just good people coming to help! This is what Rich is capable of, and the people of Weehawken would be lucky to have him represent them. I hope you will give him your vote.
Captain Thomas Earl (retired)