November 16, 2021

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PBA 212-298-9100  125 Broad Street, 11th Floor, New York City NY 10004-2400
DEA General Office 212- 587-1000
DEA Benefits 212- 587-9120

 The SBA office has moved to 155 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013 because of much-needed repairs required at the Worth Street office,.
 Health and Welfare office is (212) 431-6555.
All other union matters is (212) 226-2180.

SOC 212- 964-7500

NYPD Pension Section  212-693-5100

The NYPD Payroll Section has moved from 1 Police Plaza to 90 Church Street, 12th Floor, NYC, NY 10007. 
Retirees who need to update their address with the
Department should send a notarized letter to the corrected address.

NYC Employees Health Benefits 212- 513-0470
NYC Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) 347- 643-3000
Notification of death of retiree 646-610-5580

Social Security 1-800-772-1213
Empire Blue Cross  1-800-433-9592
Medicare Part "B"  1-800-333-7586
Caremark (Prescriptions)  1-877-722-7911
Advance RX.com  1-888-266-5691


The Transit ID card machine is up and running. Please follow these updated instructions from PO Georges Bazile

For New York City Transit Police Department retirees who would like to renew their retiree identification card, please adhere to the following:

1. NYC Transit Police Department retirees should contact the NYPD’s Transit Bureau Personnel Unit by telephone at: 718-610-4629 to set up an appointment to renew their ID card. Retirees will be asked to provide a copy of their driver’s license and current retiree identification card. Copies may be sent by e-mail to TBHQPersonnel@NYPD.org  , the fax# is 718-610-4555 or via US mail to NYPD Transit Bureau Personnel, 130 Livingston Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11201. An application (completed by the Personnel Unit) will be created with the retirees name, address and phone number and other pertinent information.

2. Once a background check is completed, a member of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau Personnel Unit will contact the retiree to set up an appointment for the retiree to come in, update their photo and receive a new identification card.


For the retirees that live out of state, they can email a copy of their drivers license and ID card and in the body of the email they can put their name, address and a phone number where they can be reached. We run a background check to make sure no one is wanted (you'd be surprised).

Also they need to attach a digital photo of themselves from the waist up in front of a neutral colored wall (please no hats or sunglasses).

We need a digital photo, not a photo of a photo, to put on a new id card that we mail certified.

Please tell your members they can call the Personnel Unit at 1-718-610-4660 and we will be more than happy to walk them thru the process.
Be well and keep collecting those retirement checks.

Please note:PO Georges Bazile has retired. Police Officers Frank Pena and Willie Miranda are now processing the ID cards

New York City Police Department
Transit Bureau Personnel Unit
130 Livingston Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201
718-610-4555 Fax


All members of the force, regardless of what department they retired from, are now eligible for the Metro Pass. They must have completed 20 years as a Transit Police Officer prior to the merge. All requests must be made by appointment and only through the Transit Authority's pass unit now located at 180 Livingston Street, 5th floor, Brooklyn, NY. Call them at (347) 643-8312 / 8310.  The office is open from 8:30AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

Here's how to contact departments in the Employee Benefits Program

Office of Labor Relations     (New Address)

22 Cortlandt Street
New York, NY 10007-3120
Phone: (212) 306-7200 (General Information)
Fax: (212) 306-7202


Health Benefits Program - Retiree Inquiries Only*

22 Cortlandt Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10007-3120
Phone: (212) 513-0470
Fax: (212) 306-7756
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7753
Office hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

* Active employees should contact their agency representatives.

NYC Employee Assistance Program

250 Broadway, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 306-7660
Fax: (212) 306-7666
Office hours: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Email: eap@olr.nyc.gov

Deferred Compensation Plan

Customer Service Center: 22 Cortlandt Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007

Please direct all written inquiries/correspondence to the following mailing address:

New York City Deferred Compensation Plan
Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 93
New York, NY 10274-0093

Phone: (212) 306-7760
Outside NYC: (888) DCP-3113 (888-327-3113)
Fax: (212) 306-7376
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7707
Office hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  Appointments are available 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Flexible Spending Accounts Program

Customer Service Center: 22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10007

Please direct all written inquiries/correspondence and claims to the following mailing address:

New York City Flexible Spending Accounts Program
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 707
New York, NY 10274

Phone: (212) 306-7760
Fax: (212) 306-7376
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7707
Office hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For questions about the MSC Buy-Out Waiver Program, please call:  (212) 306-7507.


Management Benefits Fund

Customer Service Center: 22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10007

Please direct all written inquiries/correspondence to the following mailing address:

New York City Management Benefits Fund
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 707
New York, NY 10274

Phone: (212) 306-7290
Outside NYC: (888) 4000MBF (888-400-0623)
Fax: (212) 306-7353
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7629
Office hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Financial Planning Center

Worksite Seminar Request - Agency Benefit Reps Only*

Agency Benefit Representatives can contact the Financial Planning Center to arrange for a seminar to be held at one of their Agency worksites.


November 16, 2021                                                          CHIP HAYES IN THE NEWS AGAIN
Congratulations are in order for our member, Ret. P.O. Chip Hayes on receiving this prestigious award. You can contact Chip at chip1440@lawyer.com

Chip Hayes was named Veteran of the Year in Rockland County New York. After the ceremony Gene Sullivan, Chip Hayes and Bobby Davin had this picture taken as a remembrance of our working together in 1971 in District 2.

A grand "Well Done" for someone who has done so much for both the veterans and active military.

September 6, 2021                                                       


On behalf of the Commander for the Joint Detention Group – Guantanamo, I would like to THANK YOU and the Marine Corps League for your kindness and thought of the two packages of Girl Scout Cookies!  As deployed service members, it is always good to know that our commitment to the United States is appreciated by those we serve.  I can honestly say that the cookies disappeared in a 5 minute time span and each service (Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army) took part in devouring the treats.  Also, our Marine brothers quickly pointed out that the MARINE CORPS LEAGUE sent the first to send a goodie box and where were the other service organizations (service rivalries never end – but all in good fun)?    All services are performing extra physical fitness (PT) to work the cookies off.
Once again, THANK YOU and the MARINE CORPS LEAGUE for your thoughts and gift.  May God Bless each of you and keep you safe! Please send me your address to send you special memento.

Very Respectfully,
Michael N. Scott
Commander, 400th MP BN
Deputy Commander, JDG
Joint Task Force – Guantanamo

Well done, Chip!!!

July 16, 2021                                                         STATEN ISLAND LUNCHEON IS ANOTHER SUCCESS
After many months of having to postpone their monthly luncehon get togethers because of COVID, Chief John Kavanagh scored another success with this recent luncheon held on Thursday, July 15th. Our Editor, Frank Crisa, was there and though still recuperating from his recent surgery, made it a point to attend the festive gathering. That's Frank in the far end of the table on the right.

Nice going, John, and hopefully I will attend one in the future. - Tony

June 17, 2021                                                    MEMBER RONNIE MORALES SHOWS HIS "LIFE AFTER TRANSIT"

Sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


I have never met Ronnie Morales.  How we actually connected was through my emails.  I believe someone requested that I add him to my email list. Occasionally, especially during the holidays, he would send me artwork which I would send out with my emails.  Over the years, I have collected many of his works of art which I still send out occasionally. Unfortunately, the piece of his artwork I send out too often is the “Rest in Peace”, when one of our retiree’s passes. 
Ronnie was a Sgt. In the US Marines.  After he got out of the Marines, he became a State correction officer for about a year and the went into the NYC Transit Police Academy 7/9/85.  He worked in District 11 and seemed to be an active cop.  He got hurt and retired on three quarters 10/29/93.  

In 1997 he and his wife Rosa moved to Houston TX with their 2 sons. One of his sons is a furniture builder and the other is a motorcycle mechanic.  Ronnie spends most of his time doing artwork and sculpturing and he also likes to do woodwork and leather work.  He has made several holsters for the members of his FOP lodge 39. He is also a member of the Shriners where he is active. He is a kind and generous man. 

During Hurricane Harvey, for weeks he helped people in his community with their property that was damaged.  He and his wife made food for the people who were unable to cook. He feels blessed that he didn’t have too much damage to his home, and he was able to help others.

As I mentioned earlier, he had sent me many drawings which I had shared online in my emails.  When Bill McKechnie was running the Florida Reunion, Bill had asked Ronnie if he could do a few pieces of art that would be fit for the Florida Reunion.  Within a few days he has sent Bill several pieces of artwork. I was surprised to learn that Ronnie did the artwork for the cover of Bob Cohen’s book “The Electric Sewer”.  

Usually within all Ronnies artwork, he inserts his trademark which is “A Tunnel Rat.”  I have been talking with Ronnie quite often and we plan to meet when he comes to Florida to visit his mother sometime in the near future.  A couple of years ago, Ronnie made a sculpture of the “Tunnel Rat” which I love.  You can see it below.  Just a few weeks ago, Ronnie sent me a sculpture of a Dinosaur, which he copied from the Dinosaur Club Patch.  I am sure this has put a smile on Louie Cosentino’s face. Below are some photos of Ronnie and photos of him creating the sculpture.


Thanks Lou, and a hardy "Well done!" to Ronnie Morales who we are very happy to have as a member of this Association.

June 7, 2021                                                  TOMMY CRIMMINS IS A VERY PROUD GRANDFATHER

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

You can bet Tommy is walking around like a proud grandfather, as he should be.  His grandson's name is Patrick Walker, 1st officer on the left. I am told by Tommy that his life’s dream was to become a Policer Officer.  They have a photo of him at 5 years old attempting to open the door of a Suffolk RMP.  The kid made the rounds of various Departments.  He first joined the NYPD and was assigned to the 104 Pct. Top pay would have been about $74,000.  He was with NYPD about a year and got called for MTA PD where the top pay was $93,000.  After about 3 months, he went into the Suffolk Academy where top pay at that time was about $117,000.  He graduated Suffolk Academy 3/24/17. I would say the kid made some very good moves.  You can send Tommy a congratulations email at tmoon7238@verizon.net 

Congratulations, Tommy, and great work by your grandson and fellow officers.

May 3, 2021                                                       NEW GRANDDAUGHTER FOR ALAN BERKOWITZ

Our congratulations to the Berkowitz family on the arrival of their granddaughter, Rylee Marie Ziegler. That's their "K-9" Unit caring for the newborn.

April 8, 2021                                                          RET. CHIEF JOHN WILSON'S SON IS UP IN RANK
I was recently in touch with Lifetime Member Ret. Chief John Wilson about the passing of Ed Moynihan. John and Ed had an investigation company that dealt primarily with Workmen's Compensation cases, and I was one of their investigators for a few months back in 2002.
John informed me that his son, John, was recently promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector for Manhattan North Detectives.  He’s been in a DI position for 2 years already.
Good luck and best wishes for his accomplishments, John.

March 27, 2021                                   CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLYWEDS, CATHY & EDDIE TORRES and
                                                                             ANOTHER 'MINI' ROMEO LUNCHEON IN FLORIDA                                                        

Our congratulations to the newlyweds!

Thank you for adding us to the prayer group we feel bless knowing that God is with all of us in Jesus’ name Amen.  We also pray that we will all be together for another Transit Reunion in the not too far future.  In closing We’d be honored to Share our special day. We joined our lives together on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021.  We had a total of 82 Family & Friends with us on that special day.  Lots Of Love ❤️ ET & Cathy

Congrats can be sent to Eddie and Cathy at eddiejtorres@YAHOO.COM


It's always good seeing the retirees getting together during these days of the unknown. We are sure all had a grand time and with those "war" stories getting 'enhanced' each time they are told. Way to go, guys!! Looking good, Lou! Yes, all of you too, of course.

March 26, 2021                                             CONGRATULATIONS TO DIANE & BILL McKECHNIE
Diane and I are elated and proud to announce the birth of our first Great-Grandson, Jack McKechnie born today March 21, 8lbs 20 &1/2 inches long. Mommy and baby are doing well. Congrats can be sent cablaws1255@bellsouth.net

Congartulations, Diane & Bill,and the proud parents. May Jack live long and healthy.

September 3, 2020                        FREDDY MACK AND HIS NEW "TOY" & MORE OLD TIMERS EATING OUT

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

As I informed you in one of my earlier emails, Freddy moved into a very nice Assisted Living Facility, That was on July 1st .  When he moved in, he was supposed to be in Quarantine for 14 days before he can be around other residents of the facility.  He has many doctor's appointments and has to go out often, so when he returns, the 14 days quarantine starts all over again and he is restricted to his apartment.  He is very happy there and he goes out every day and the residents are wondering “What’s with this guy?”  The only people he sees is his house keepers and the front desk girls.  Once in awhile, he sees a little old lady pass by his room and just looks at him when he says “Hello.”

Last Saturday, my telephone rings and I see it’s Freddy’s cell phone, so I answer and ask where he is and he tells me “I’m in your driveway; come on out."  I go outside and I see him in this brand new 2020 Nisan Titan pick up, 8 cyl. 400 HP with ALL the bells and whistles.  He had a 2020 Nisan Rouge maybe a year old that he traded in.  I asked him why would you buy a pick up and you live in an assistyed living?  His response was: “Because I always wanted one."  Me thinks he wants to impress the little old lady that passes his room all the time.  See photos below. His phone numbers are (H) 727-753-7434  (C) 727-247-2526

Good luck with your new "toy", Freddy, and watch out for those older Florida drivers.

Frank Crisa, Tony Lomanto, and Fred Ametrano  at a recent get together before going to the firing range in Nassau County to hone our skills and have Frank try out his new "toy". Yea, we know...no masks but we were eating at the time, so....

August 2, 2020                                              THREE OLDTIMERS GETTING TOGETHER FOR A BITE

Nick Russo    Freddy’s son Joseph,  Freddy Ametrano, Pete Marsala, Bob Ganley

What? No masks???

July 27, 2020                                                  PROUD GRANDPA ANNOUNCES LATEST GRANDSON

Congratulations and our best wishes are in order for Ret. Det. Gene Hennigan who is proud to announce the birth of his 5th grandchild John Christian Giovanelli on July 8 by his daughter Kerri Hennigan.

March 7, 2020                                                                  ALAN BERKOWITZ MEETS A 'STAR'

Alan Berkowitz meets Sami Gayle who co-stars on the TV Series “Blue Bloods.” Sami (Nicky) portrays the granddaughter of the PC ‘

Nice going, Alan...did you get her autograph and did you give her yours?????

August 21, 2019                                                            SOME GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE

Tony & Virgen Fernàndez would like to present grandchild number 5!   Future captain of industry and all-around good guy, Ezra Antonio Fernàndez, born August 7, 2019, 7 lbs. 4 oz, 20 in.  As you can see Father, Mother, & Grandparents are all doing well!!


Congratulations to the proud parents and grandparents. We wish Ezra good health and a bright future.

I thanked Lou Hollander earlier for sending out some of these photos on my recent trip to Australia, so here are a few others for members who don't get Lou's emails. Tony

I went to Sydney, Australia in early August with my daughter, Dorene, and my grandson, Steffen.  He was selected by the Honors Performance Program to perform at the Sydney Opera House with many other talented music student from across the United States and several other countries.
Their performances were outstanding and it was hard to believe the music that came from these high school graduates and students.
Steffen is on his way to Davidson College in NC while his sister, Aleksia, is going to Gettysburg College on a ROTC scholarship.


May 8, 2019                                                                  CONGRATULATIONS TO BILL McKECHNIE
Hey folks forgive me but I am sitting here just bursting with pride. Today, my Grandson Daniel Murphy, who is a 4.0 student and a 1st team All American at Tufts University in MA. and Captain of his Lacrosse team, just won the Division Three Lacrosse championship by beating Williams University 17 to 16 in overtime. Yesterday in the Semifinals they also won in overtime. Now they go to the national Championships. He is a great kid, and this is a great way to end his career at Tuft's. Just wanted to share my glee with friends.

March 13, 2019                                                                         HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO A LOVELY COUPLE

Thanks to Exec. Sec't'y' John Giangrasso for bringing this to our attention.

March 13. 2019                                                        CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR HIS SAFETY

From Alan Berkowitz berky4@aol.com

My future son in law graduated from the Palm Beach Fire Rescue Academy on Thursday. He entered a family of former first responders.