April 12, 2018


BEYOND THE LINE

April 12, 2018                            NEXT ISSUE OF BEYOND THE LINE IS IN THE MAIL

We are happy to report that issue 2018-1 is in the mail and should be received in the next few weeks. As in the past, our editor Frank Crisa has done an excellent job in putting together another fine issue full of articles, letters and photos.

I say "should" as past experiences with the Post Office delivery system has always produces some glitches. First class mail is extremely expensive so we send it out 3rd class, the rate of periodicals. When we have to send an individual copy by first class mail, it costs us $2.26. Remember, and please tell your fellow retirees, that it is only mailed to members who are PAID for 2018.

April 12, 2018                              TICKETS SOLD OUT FOR METS - YANKEES GAME
Our Mets ticket co-ordinator, Tom Greer, has reported having having paid in full for the Mets -  Yankees game. As soon as he receives the tickets, he will disperse them to the purchasers. Any questions, please contact Tom at 631 902 8911 or
516 419 6146.

April 8, 2018                     MEDICARE PART 'B' RE-IMBURSEMENT COMING IN APRIL

Alan Berkowitz reports the City will be sending out the Medicare Part 'B' re-imbursements this month to eligible retirees. Click on this link for all details: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/olr/downloads/pdf/health/faq-medicare-part-b.pdf

For those paying more because of additional income (IRMAA), click on this link:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-medb-irmaa.page

March 27, 2018       REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH PHYSICIAN COVERAGE THROUGH GHI / EMBLEM HEALTH
Please go to the Health & Welfare page regarding problems many out of state retirees who have GHI / Emblem Health who are encountering problems finding participating physicians

March 21, 2018                           REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Our thanks to Executive Secretary Vincent DiMaio as Recording Secretary Bobby Valentino was excused.

7:35 PM meeting was called to order by President Ed Russo.  Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Treasurer Tony Lomanto read a long list of those members who have passed away since our last meeting. 
 
Deputy P.C. of Administration Bobby Ganley spoke about the Constitutional Amendment being defeated. Thanks to everyone’s support. NYC Police Dept. procedure for pistol license renewal has been changed. NYC residents must now complete the application on line. A lot of documentation is required. You may go to Police Headquarters, where they will help you complete the application. If you need assistance in completing the application on line, please call 646-610-5872.  He also spoke about JANUS in the up-coming election in July. 
 
Tony Lomanto gave a Financial Report of the Association and reported that we now have 1,110 members with 624 life-time members. Dues envelopes were mailed out with some damaged envelopes being returned from the Post Office.  To use a padded envelope with the cards would cost $3.50 each as they would have to go out at package rates. If anyone has not received the mailing, please let Tony know. 
 
Ed Russo spoke about the increasing number of life-time members has caused a lower income for the associated.  He encouraged life-time members to make donations to the Association.
 
Tom Greer spoke about the upcoming Mets/Yankees Game in City Field, on June 8th, 2018. Game starts at 7:10 PM. We have seats reserved in section 106. Tickets are $113.00. See Beyond The Line for further details. He showed some samples of different apparel. In the future, he will be selling merchandise with the Association logo.
 
Mary Fitzgerald spoke about up-coming election in July, where JANUS will be voted on.  If voted in, this will be bad news for union members. Our benefits could be affected in pensions, overtime, medical benefits, etc. This involves union members not paying union dues in the check-off process.
 
The next two meetings are: May 2, at Antun’s and June 6 at FOP.

March 7, 2018                                     PROBLEMS WITH US MAIL SERVICE
Since the recent dues mailing in January, we have been receiving several envelopes addressed to the association from the US Postal Service containing the current 2018 membership cards. This is showing us that the mailing envelopes are apparantly being ripped open with the contents spilling out during the postal processes. At this time, we have no alternative means to mail the cards other than using the padded envelopes which is charged at package rate and the minimum charge is $3.50 each. Packages we use for mailing challenge coins do have tracking labels attached, but we feel the cost is prohibitive just for cards and decals.
If any member has paid their dues, including Lifetime Members, and HAVE NOT received their membership cards, please contact Tony Lomanto at alomanto@optonline.net or phone - 516-526-7968, and we will send out another set.
Please pass this information on to members you know who do not have computer access. Thank you.

December 27, 2017                                   LATEST NEWS TO REPORT

We are pleased to announce that our new Mets ticket coordinator, member Tom Greer, will be handling this year’s Mets/Yankee game at Citi-Field on Friday, June 8th at 7:10 PM. Last year’s game proved to be very successful.
Tom will be handling the ticket sales solely by himself. All negotiations and information will be strictly between you and him. Since the association will not have any information, you must contact Tom directly and as soon as possible. The ticket price will be $113.00 and be located in section #106 on the first base side field level, with our ticket holder will be able to have their photos taken on the field, at this time but Tom further states that they will be going up just like last year. Tom states that these limited  special price thickets’ will be sold on a first come, first served basis! The price includes our group being able to be admitted a select restaurant not open to other ticket holders, again Tom states that you must contact him at  631 902 8911 or 516 419 6146 as soon as possible with payment in advance! Checks can be mailed to Tom at 260 Water Lane South, Wantagh NY 11793.

For all who may come in contact with persons interested in the above, please inform them. Thank you.
Fraternally,
Ed Russo and Tom GreerOur annual Christmas and Holiday party was a well attended success. Over 120 member, friends and family met to partake of the festivities and delicious fare from Antuns.


After the start of the evening with the Pledge of Allegiance, the names of fellow Transit officers who passed away since our last meeting was read off. We also asked for prayers and best wishes to two of our board members. 2nd VP Harry Hassler and our Editor, Frank Crisa. alomg with all our members and families that may be undergoing treatments for these serious illnesses.that they may overcome them and return to good health.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill was present at the affair to greet his fellow Transit members and wish them all happy holiday greetings and a healthy and happy New Year. We also made the announcement of association member Ret. Sgt. Bob Ganley's recent appointment to the NYPD as a Deputy Commissioner of Administration (see below)

November 25, 2017        OUR OWN RET. SGT. BOB GANLEY APPOINTED TO NYPD POSITION

Ret. Sgt. Bob Ganley has recently been appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of Administration to the Police Commissioner.
Way to go, Bob, and all our best wishes for a successful new career. Transit still rules!!!!

                                          

November 7, 2016                         REPORT OF NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING            

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 11/1/17
At the NYS FOP HQ

First Vice Pres. Mike Lanning called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

- Pres. Ed Russo was not present because of an illness. Recording Secretary Bobby Valentino was not present due to a death in the family.

- Treasurer Tony Lomanto read a list of those members who have passed away since the last meeting.  He also read the financial report. He said that the latest mailing of the newsletter had incorrect meeting dates for 2018. Our website will have the correct dates of the meetings for 2018 and the dues mailing in January will also have the correct dates. 

- Ron DiMaio asked the members to remember those who were wounded and killed in the recent terrorist attack on Tuesday, October 31st. He also reminded all to vote NO on the Constitutional Convention proposal on Election Day, Nov. 7th.

- Mike Lanning spoke about drug plans and that the PBA rcommends getting a Medicare Drug Plan if you spend a lot for drugs. That would be Medicare Part ‘D’ which may be helpful for those with very high drug costs.

- Tony Piazza, our Legislative Chairman, spoke about the fight for the VSF.  New bills have been introduced effective Jan. 1, 2018.

- Joe McGarry spoke about the Transit Police Widows and Children’s Party, which was changed to Sunday Dec. 17, 2018 due to a conflict with the LI Shields Christmas Party.  He thanked everyone for their support when his wife passed away.

- Tony Lomanto reported that FOP Lodge 69 honored Joe McGarry as Man of the Year.

- Charlie Moran spoke about former Transit Police Officer Richie DiGuglielmo, who was unjustly convicted. He will have a parole hearing in Sept. 2018. He has served 18 of a 20 year to life sentence in prison. Charlie further said that he will have a letter writing campaign prior to the hearing.

- The 50/50 drawing was held.  Three $40.00 cash prizes and gifts supplied by John Reeves were awarded.

- Our Christmas Party will be held at Antuns on Dec. 6th at 6:00 PM.

- Transit Police Reunion will be held at Antuns on Nov. 14th at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Vincent R. Di Maio
Executive Secretary

October 30, 2017                               LATEST ISSUE OF NEWSLETTER IS IN THE MAIL

We are happy to inform our members that the next issue of our newsletter, "Beyond the Line," #2017-2, has been printed and is in the mail to our PAID members. It was finished up with the work of our editor Frank Crisa and myself and will contain all notes and letters along with the donation report for the period June 2nd to September 30th. Anything received after that will be in the next issue of 2018. 

Due to an error on my part, I did not add the following members who made donations and should have been in the last issue. I regret this omission. - Tony

*McCarthy, John   $50
*Curley, Joseph    $30
*Maresco, Robert $50
 Moran, Charles   $20

One important notice: The list of a few dates for the 2018 meetings shown in the newsletter is inaccurate. The dates of the meetings being held at Antuns had to be changed after the newsletter was printed due to scheduling purposes by Joe King. In the mailings to take place in January for the dues and membeship cards, the correct dates will be on the reverse side of the page enclosed with the President's report.

October 30, 2017                        REPORT OF OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING         

Prior to the official start of our meeting, Honorary Member and Vice President of the NYPD DEA, Paul DiGiacomo, spoke about the upcoming vote regarding the possibility of a New York State Constitutional Convention. He was emphatic that every member should vote NO and each member should ask family members and friends to do the same. He mentioned that if the convention was convened, the powers in place will try to reduce our pensions and other benefits. VOTE NO on November 7th.

Paul also mentioned the screening for Thyroid Nodules was very important and saves lives. He thanked HeartScan Services for conducting the tests at our meeting and also thanked our membership for participating.            

President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:50 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away.

A motion to wave our regular meeting agenda so nominations for officers could be conducted was approved by members Rini & Reeves.      
    
Nominations for officers of the association were conducted by Tom Greer.

For President – Ed Russo by Weise & Rini / no other nominations for President.
For 1st Vice President – Mike Lanning by Russo & DiMaio / no other nominations for 1st Vice.
For 2nd Vice President – Harry Hassler by Lomanto & DiMaio /no other nominations for 2nd Vice.
For Treasurer – Tony Lomanto by Greer & Russo / no other nominations for Treasurer.
For Recording Sec. – Bob Valentino by Lomanto & DiMaio / no other nominations for Rec. Sec.
For Executive Sec. – Vin Dimaio by Russo & Valentino / no other nominations for Exc. Sec.
For Financial Sec. – Gregory Stripp by Russo & DiMaio / no other nominations for Fin. Sec.

Executive Secretary Vin DiMMaio cast the one vote for the above members of the Executive Board. They will begin their next two year term of office starting January 1st, 2018.
    
Tom Greer, who is our new representative for Mets tickets, spoke about the location of the seats and the possibility of a suite for next season.
Recording Secretary Bob Valentino spoke about two members (Bob Nieves for Softball and Mario Palermo for Golf) who have been nominated for the Association’s Sports Hall of fame. Vote for induction by the committee will take place in December.
The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Tony Lomanto & Vinnie DiMaio.There were three $40.00 winners with additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M.
Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino

September 20, 2017        ASSOCIATION RESPONSE TO JOHN JAY PROFESSOR'S CAUSTIC REMARKS     

The following letter was sent to John Jay College expressing outrage on recent comments made by an adjunct professor Michael Isaacson.

September 20, 2017                         MEDICARE IRMAA REIMBURSEMENT UPDATE

From Alan Berkowitz - FOR THOSE MEMBERS WHO APPLIED FOR A HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT DUE TO ADDITIONAL MEDICARE WITHHOLDING


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Very important Medicare Part B Reimbursement information regarding IRMAA Reimbursement!

 

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-medb-irmaa.page

September 20, 2017                      MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino

MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on 09/06/2017

   

President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:40PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away.

A general prayer was given by 2nd Vice President Harry Hassler.

    
Nominations for officers of the association were conducted by member Vinnie Servedio.


For President – Ed Russo by Lanning & Manfredo / no other nominations for President.

For 1st Vice President – Mike Lanning by Fisher & Russo / no other nominations for 1st Vice.

For 2nd Vice President – Harry Hassler by Lomanto & Piazza / no other nominations for 2nd Vice.

For Treasurer – Tony Lomanto by Lanning & Rini / no other nominations for Treasurer.

For Recording Sec. – Bob Valentino by Lanning & Russo / no other nominations for Rec. Sec.

For Executive Sec. – Vin Dimaio by Lomanto & Sacrestano / no other nominations for Exc. Sec.

For Financial Sec. – Gregory Stripp by Russo & Lomanto / no other nominations for Fin. Sec.


Vinnie Servedio mentioned the upcoming Romeo & Juliet Luncheon on September 13th with Pete Cardelena as a guest speaker.


Joe McGarry mentioned the Pig Roast and cigar night on Saturday September 9th at the FOP $100.00 per person.


Tony Piazza spoke about the importance to vote NO in November regarding the State Constitutional Convention and ask family and friends do the same. Contrary to word going around, NOT VOTING DOES NOT COUNT AS A YES! It will just be counted as a blank vote.He mentioned a new bill regarding the defined benefit sponsored by Senator Lanza & Assemblyman Lentol which is strictly for Retired Transit Police.

 

Added- John Conklin, spokesman for the New York State Board of Elections, said the office has received numerous phone calls about the post from voters across the state. In response, the Board of Elections is sending emails to those voters that read, in part, “The information being spread on social media alleging a BLANK vote equals a YES vote is incorrect.”


Tony Lomanto made a motion to donate $500.00 to the Houston Relief effort. Motion was passed and Doctor Ente, our Police Surgeon, matched the donation from the FOP Surgeon’s Lodge.


Member and former Vice President of the NYPD SBA Bob Ganley stated that he is the Director of the Police Relief Fund which has assets over 4 million dollars. Medical equipment & transportation is available. Within the 5 boroughs the equipment will be delivered. Otherwise members would have to pick it up. Income & assets are a factor. Members may contact Bob at (212) 226-2180 or (718) 626-9320.


Member Tony Norcia mentioned the passing of William Datthyn, the son of member Lucy Datthyn. William was a retired member of the NYPD.


Our Police Surgeon Gerald Ente spoke about a measles epidemic in Europe and highly recommended that if you are traveling to Europe to get immunized as the doze that we received many years ago has basically expired. He mentioned that drinking coffee 1 or 2 cups a day can extend life by 12 to 18 percent. He spoke about drug expiration dates and said that most medications still are effective after the expiration date and added that aspirin last forever. In conclusion he talked about a new Zika type virus called Oropouke and said that we should be very concerned about it.


The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Mike Lanning & Tony Lomanto.. There were three $50.00 winners and also a free ticket to the FOP Pig Roast worth $100.00. Additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 P.M.

 

September 12, 2017                  VICTIMS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA

Our prayers and best wishes go out to our fellow members and officers who may have sustained damages from the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

The association, at the last meeting on September 6th, passed a motion from the floor to make a donation of $500 to the Houston Police Union for their members who sustained damages from Hurrican Harvey and for the family of Sgt. Steve Perez who lost his life while responding to assisting at recovery locations.

If possible, we would like to hear from our members in Florida for their stories on how they survived Irma and what the Association can do to help.

July 22, 2017                                                   IMPORTANT WTC INFORMATION

Our thanks to Alan Berkowitz berky4@aol.com

WTC Notice of Participation Extended Until 2018


? The deadline for submissions for the World Trade Center Notice of Participation (“NOP”) Form has been extended.  The Governor signed the extender bill on September 11, 2016, and now the new deadline runs until September 11, 2018.
 
As you are aware, the Notice of Participation is not an application for disability benefits, but merely preserves the right of the member of the service to file for a WTC disability pension if he or she becomes disabled due to a 9/11-related illness. Failure to file the NOP may preclude the member from receiving a WTC disability pension or death benefit in the future.
 
The deadline to file for the Notice of Participation to be eligible for the Disability bill and the Death bill has been extended many times since the legislation was passed. However, September 11, 2018 will be the final deadline.
 
The NOP Form can be found on the NYPD Police Pension Fund website.  Click on the link below and scroll down to see the “Pension Alert” about the NOP.
 
If you believe you already filed, but are not sure, the PPF has listed all the Tax ID numbers of those whose paperwork they’ve already received under “WTC Information” on the left side of the home page. First, click on “WTC Information” and check the pdf file to see if your number is listed.  If it is, then you do not have to re-file.  However, if your number does not appear, you must file the form (even if you currently have no symptoms of illness) by September 11, 2018to be eligible in the future in case of illness and/or death.
 
Some of the materials you can use to verify your Notice of Participation work claims include your memo books, DARS (daily activity reports), overtime slips, detail rosters, command log entries (either still at your command or at the borough command), signed and notarized affidavits from colleagues verifying you were at the pile, the Morgue, or Freshkills Landfill, photographs taken at the locations during the rescue and recovery, and/or news articles from the rescue and recovery in which you are mentioned.
 
The New York Police Pension Fund website can be found at —
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycppf/html/home/home.shtml

June 28, 2017                 GREAT TURNOUT AT TRANSIT BUREAU MEMORIAL MASS

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Brooklyn held a memorial mass honoring NYPD Transit Bureau officers who died in the line of duty. NYPD executives, members of the Transit Bureau, and loved ones gathered to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of 36 fallen officers were read during the mass as attendees prayed for their families. All of the most recent officers being recognized died due to illnesses contracted while working at Ground Zero.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Chief of Transit Joseph Fox spoke during the solemn ceremony. Police Commissioner O’Neill reminded those in attendance that this mass is part of a continued promise by the Department to never forget:

“These heroes have left a tremendous legacy and it is our duty to build on it. We honor them by continuing their vital work and by fulfilling our promise to them and to their families: that they will be a part of our police family forever.”

 

          

June 21, 2017                               REPORT OF JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Our thanks to Executive. Secretary. Ron DiMaio for taking the minutes of this month's meeting. Recording Secretary Bob Valentino was very busy serving dinners to the members and award winners and their families.

7:08 PM President Ed Russo called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tony Lomanto read a list of those who have passed away since our last meeting, among them former past first-Vice President Ret. P.O. Ron Forte, Ret. Sgt. Joe Frasca, and many others.

Regular meeting was temporarily suspended for the Sports Hall of Fame awards.

Bob Valentino, assisted by Bobby Ganley, inducted three new members into the Sports Hall of Fame: 
Thomas Barrett, Soft Ball (posthumously). His daughter, Denise, accepted her father’s award;
William Vitelli, Bowling. Bill was present and accepted his award.
Tony Cestare, Bowling, but was unable to attend. His award was accepted by George Mitchell. 

Present Hall of Fame Members in attendance:  Sam Sapienza, Rich Solieri, Mike Lanning, Bob Kent, Bob Rittmeyer, Stan Baily, Bob Valentino, Joe Carney, and Howie Haag. Some of the new inductee family members were also present.

Bob Ganley spoke about the late P. O. Billy Martin who was assaulted while on duty in 1981 and ultimately died as a result of his injuries.  Bob is attempting to have Billy carried has Line of Duty death.  He said that it will likely happen.  We thank him for his efforts.

50 50 drawing was held with five $40.00 prizes and other prizes provided by John Reeves.

Mary Fitzgerald spoke about the Mets-Yankee game on Wed. August 15.  Tickets sell for $110.00 each.  Citi Field section 106.  Call Mary at 914 263-1813 if interested.

Tony Lomanto stated that the Association received a thank you letter from Richard Di Guglielmo for the support the Association has given him in an effort to change the ruling so that he may be released from prison.  We know that he was unjustly convicted.

8:45 PM meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Executive Secretary Vincent R. Di Maio

May 14, 2017                               REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on MAY 3rd

   

     President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 8:00pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed asked for a moment of silence for our departed members. Ed mentioned our new associate member Debbie Bonahan.

     Executive Secretary Ron DiMaio spoke about the State Constitutional Convention Vote in November. He highly recommended that all members, family & friends vote no as it could be detrimental to our and other civil servants pensions and benefits.

     2nd Vice President Harry Hassler spoke about the request to obtain a line of duty death for departed member Bill Martin. He asked if our association and others would write letters to the Police Commissioner for consideration. He also said that he will continue sending trivia questions to Lou Hollender.

     Recording Secretary Bob Valentino mentioned that at the June 7th meeting there will be several members who will be inducted into the Association’s Sports Hall of Fame. It will be catered by Verdis.

     Ed Russo welcomed Ret. Sgt. Bob Ganley as a new member of the association. Ed presented a token of our appreciation to Bob for his assistance through the years. Bob spoke about how important it is to vote no regarding the upcoming Constitutional Convention. Bob also spoke about the slim chance to get line of duty death for Bill Martin and mentioned the reasons why.

     Mary Fitzgerald spoke about the Mets/Yankee game on Wednesday August 16. She gave her phone number (914) 263-1813 and said checks would be fine.

     Ret. P.O. Jack Ferone spoke about the recognition he received for driving Veterans to the VA Hospital to Northport. Another one of our members Herbert Brown received the same award.

     Vinnie Servedio distributed flyers for the Romeo Luncheon on Thursday May 11th.

     Tony Piazza spoke about a new bill regarding the VSF excluding the Housing Police and a supplement to try to bypass the home rule.

 

The raffle was conducted by Ed & Vice President Mike Lanning. There were four $40.00 winners with additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 P.M.

Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino

 

President Russo informed me later on that NYPD Commissiner James O'Neil appeared at the meeting. The PC had been at another affair in Antuns at the time and stopped by at our meeting. He spoke highly of his time in, and how well it was, in Transit.


Though I was away in Florida on vacation with my fiance, Emily, I did have a "special" meeting with our dear friend and Transit Family member, Lou Hollander and his lovely wife, Barbara. It may have been a small meeting, but it was well enjoyed by all present. Old times were discussed along with what the future may hold for us all. Barbara and Lou were gracious hosts to Emily and myself and we thank them.
 

March 3, 2017                       REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on 03/01/2017

   

     President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:45 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away since our last meeting. There was a total of 14 retirees that we lost. Tony also said that our finances are in good shape with about 165 members yet to pay their dues. He thanked the membership for so many generous donations to the association.

     Executive Secretary Ron DiMaio mentioned that some states do not recognize HR 218 and that members should check each state that they are traveling in. A short discussion about Gun free zones was also discussed.

     Recording Secretary Bob Valentino mentioned to expect a cutback in the number of PBA cards issued next year because sworn members are complaining about too many cards being out there.

     Member Jacques Maurice spoke about the VSF and members with a disability. He asked that letters be written to state politicians.

     Tony Piazza reminded everyone to vote “NO” for a State Constitutional Convention as it could be very bad for retirees. He also spoke about the VSF and mentioned that members with a disability lost in court. He said that a new bill regarding the defined benefit will be introduced this year as the old bill expired.

     Both Ed Russo & Tony Lomanto spoke about the NYPD SBA honoring Jeanine Pirro. An official letter was sent to the SBA urging President Ed Mullins to reconsider giving her the award. Member Charlie Moran went into great detail describing why she was not deserving of a heroism award. He talked about Officer Richard DiGuglielmo, who in 1996 went to the aid of his father who was being hit with a baseball bat by an irate person. Officer DiGuglielmo was wrongly convicted and was given a long prison sentence. It is apparent that District Attorney Jeanine Pirro succumbed to pressure from outside groups and labeled the incident a bias crime. Officer DiGuglielmo is still in prison to this day. Charlie also mentioned that many police organizations have sent correspondence to Ed Mullins asking him to reconsider the award.

     Associate member Willie Perez was introduced to the membership. He spoke about the great job that the Transit Police did and that he felt very bad about the failure of many members not receiving the defined benefit. He offered his assistance to try to get the new VSF bill passed.

     Member Hank Melchiona thanked everyone for their support regarding his brother Michael and asked everyone to remember and keep in their prayers the families of officer Calabrese and officer Smith who were killed 10 years later in the same month as his brother Michael.

     Member Vinnie Servedio asked the association to consider having a Dinner Dance like we used to have in the past. President Russo said that it would be discussed at the next board meeting in May.

     President Russo mentioned the date for the Met game this year is Wednesday, August 16th. He also reminded the membership that the next meeting on May 3rd will be held at Antuns and not at the FOP.

     The raffle was conducted by Ed & Tony. There were three $40.00 winners with additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.

 

                                The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 P.M.

                      Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino