NY Town Denies Officer Day Off For His Wedding
Police Officer Modestino Giusto Jr. is getting married Saturday, but he isn’t likely to spend his wedding night in a honeymoon suite or dance the evening’s final dance.
Giusto, 33, is out on disability and under departmental orders to remain home from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, eight hours that constitute his shift.
His marriage is scheduled for 11 a.m. that morning. However, barring a court order, he will have to cut the cake early and leave his reception, which is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. in New Jersey, to be home on time.
Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower and department officials are not letting Giusto take the night off or change his shift, said Rey Mauro, who represents the officer through the Ramapo Police Benevolent Association.
“This is the singularly most obnoxious, arbitrary and vicious police administrative directive I’ve ever seen in my career,” Mauro said Thursday. “The town won’t budge. It makes no sense. This is a sweet kid. He doesn’t bother anybody. They are mad at him. They can’t even explain it.”