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CITY SIGNS HEALTH PLAN CONTRACT WITH AETNA
CITY OF NEW YORK
OF THE MAYOR
YORK, NY 10007
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, (212)
ADAMS, OLR COMMISSIONER CAMPION ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF MEDICARE
with Aetna Ensures Lower Deductible, Cap on Out-of-Pocket
Maximums, and New Benefits for City’s
Also Significantly Lowers Numbers of Procedures Requiring
New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Office of
Labor Relations (OLR) Commissioner Renee Campion today
announced the official signing of the contract between the
City of New York and Aetna to provide a Medicare Advantage
plan to the city’s roughly 250,000 retirees and their
dependents. The New York City Aetna Medicare Advantage plan
will continue the city’s long-standing commitment to providing
high-quality, premium-free coverage to the city’s retirees and
administration has never wavered in our commitment to provide
retirees and their dependents with high-quality, sustainable
coverage while allowing us to rein in the skyrocketing costs
of health care and the strain it is placing on our city’s
budget,” said Mayor Adams. “This plan improves
upon retirees’ current plans, including offering a lower
deductible, a cap on out-of-pocket expenses, and new benefits,
like transportation, fitness programs, and wellness
incentives. We also heard the concerns of retirees and worked
to significantly limit the number of procedures subject to
prior authorization under this plan. This Medicare Advantage
plan is in the best interests of both our city’s retirees and
months, the city has worked with the Municipal Labor Committee
to diligently negotiate this contract with Aetna to provide a
custom Medicare Advantage program to the city’s retirees,”
said OLR Commissioner Campion. “This
new plan provides substantial improvements to retirees’ health
coverage, as well as new and enhanced benefits. We thank the
MLC for their partnership throughout this process and Aetna
for working with us to provide the best possible plan for New
York City retirees.”
honored to offer a customized Medicare Advantage plan that
provides high-quality, affordable, and convenient health care
for City of New York retirees who’ve devoted their
careers to serving New Yorkers,” said Dan Finke,
president, Aetna. “With nearly 60 years of Medicare
expertise and experience, we stand ready to serve retirees
through our network of primary care and specialty physicians,
mental health providers, and hospitals they already know and
signing of the five-plus year contract follows the official
approval by the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) on March 9,
2023. As of September 1, 2023, retirees currently enrolled in
the city’s Senior Care plan will automatically be enrolled in
the Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare-eligible retirees and
their dependents will also be able to opt out of the Aetna
Medicare Advantage plan and enrolling in the city’s HIP VIP
city’s Aetna Medicare Advantage plan will provide a lower
deductible for retirees than their current Senior Care plan.
The plan also places a cap on out-of-pocket expenses and
offers new benefits to retirees, including transportation to
certain doctors’ appointments, fitness programs, and wellness
incentives. Additionally, the plan significantly limits the
number of procedures requiring prior
continue to build a strong partnership with the City of New
York and the Municipal Labor Committee, which were and will
remain instrumental in helping engage retirees in their health
care,” said Rick Frommeyer, senior vice president,
Aetna Group Retiree Solutions. “We’ve already proactively collaborated on
multiple ways to educate retirees about our Medicare Advantage
plan benefits and to help ensure a smooth transition on
September 1, 2023. We look forward to meeting retirees at one
of the many upcoming open enrollment
city is committed to working with Aetna to ease the transition
to the new plan and answer any questions from eligible
retirees. Aetna has built a custom website specifically
for City of New York retirees. The website has
resources for retirees to look up their doctor, find out
detailed information about their plan, and register for online
and in-person information sessions. Retirees can also contact
Aetna’s dedicated call center at 855-648-0389 (TTY: 711),
Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Aetna will
additionally be holding a series of in-person town hall
meetings beginning next week in the New York metro area and
other states with high Medicare-eligible retiree populations
to answer any questions and assist them with the
from the Organization of Public Service
Tens of thousands of retired teachers,
cops, firefighters and other city workers say Adams is
Citing federal studies that show Advantage plans can
deny beneficiaries “medically necessary” care, retirees have
called on Adams since he took office to let them stay on
traditional Medicare, contending that the switch would put
them at risk of losing access to certain doctors, medical
procedures and drugs.
A group called the NYC
Organization of Public Service Retirees successfully convinced
courts last year to block the first iteration of the Adams
administration’s Advantage plan — and Jake Gardener, a lawyer
for the group, told the Daily News on Thursday that they will
file another lawsuit in hopes of derailing the new plan as
“We will be challenging this violation of the
retirees’ health care rights in court,” Gardener said. “This
is just the latest example of the city trying to save money on
the backs of retired and disabled city workers. What this
would do is to jeopardize the health of a quarter million
elderly and disabled city workers.”
employees rally against Medicare Advantage, in lower Manhattan
on March 9, 2023. (Barry Willilams/for New York Daily
Retirees are resisting the Advantage switch,
in part, because Aetna will require pre-authorizations for
some forms of care, a protocol that does not exist under
traditional Medicare. They fear this will result in diluted
coverage, and have depicted it as a life and death
“Retired firefighters, police, EMT workers and
teachers will be forced into a privatized, managed care plan
that has strict in-network, pre-authorization and referral
requirements that will cause potentially life-threatening
delays and denials of care,” said Marianne Pizzitola, a
retired FDNY EMT who leads the NYC Organization of Public
“Many of the quarter-million
respected public servants, and all the current NYC public
employees, will be harmed by this damaging decision by Mayor
n his statement, Adams said he sympathizes
with the angry retirees.
“We also heard the concerns of
retirees and worked to significantly limit the number of
procedures subject to prior authorization under this plan,” he
New York Municipal
retirees protest the Municipal Labor Committee voting to
Medicare as the only
healthcare option in lower Manhattan, New York City, on March
9, 2023. (Barry Willilams/for New York Daily
The reason courts blocked Adams’ first plan
was because it would’ve levied a $191 monthly premium on
retirees who wanted to opt out of Advantage and stay on
traditional Medicare. The courts found that penalty violated a
local law requiring the city to provide its retirees with
premium-free coverage for life.
with support from the city’s Municipal Labor Committee, says
the new plan structure complies with the court rulings because
there will no longer be a $191 penalty on the table as the
premium-free Advantage coverage is the only insurance option
available to retirees.
Gardener disagreed and claimed
the new plan is also illegal.
“Forcing them into
Medicare Advantage by not even giving them the option of
keeping their existing health insurance is far more damning
and just as illegal,” he said.
Gardener declined to say
exactly on what grounds his group will challenge the new plan,
“We have a number of grounds that we will
be relying on to ensure that the savings the city is looking
to achieve is not obtained solely on the backs of
We will have to wait and see what happens
next with any possible court
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SENT FROM OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS
||Our Editor, Frank Crisa, and I have completed the next issue of
our great newsletter. Issue #2023-1 is now at the printer and we
hope to have it in the hands of the mailer by the end of this week
or early next week. It is a whopping 48 pages BIG and loaded with
articles, photos, letters, and important information for our
members. The list of donors has again taken up 2 full pages and, to
them, we give a big Thank You!
As a retiree under Medicare and using the health benefits from the
City of New York, you should have received this letter from the
Office of Labor Relations (OLR) explaining the latest issues
regarding the planned Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan recently
approved by the MLC. At this time, it is only a contract sent to the
City by Aetna and it has to go through the approval process. Does
anyone really think it will not be approved by the City? The
organization of retired public employees is going over that proposed
contract and is ready to file a court action should they deem it
The letter from the OLR can be read HERE
MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND UPDATE ON NYC HEALTH PLAN
||From Recording Secretary Bob Forrester with able assistance
from his wife, Fran
MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meeting was called to
order by President Bob Valentino with the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag, followed by a moment of silence for the 18 deceased police
officers since the last meeting as well as their families and also
for sick members. We mentioned member Jack Rossiter’s grandson, NYPD
PO Colin Rossiter, who he lost last week.
Bob mentioned that
there is much information on the website and encouraged the members
to avail themselves of it.
20th, there will be a Black Patch Party at Verdi's from
12:30 to 4:00 pm. Floyd Holloway, Joe Carney, Hugh Lennon and
Ken Chiulli will be honored. There will be a few new members
inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at the affair, but future
inductees will only be held at the annual Association Christmas /
Lomanto reported we have $32,139 in checking and so far, we received
$18,000 in donations. This helps to offset the increasing number of
members attaining Lifetime Membership status as dues are no
longer required. Every donation is well appreciated. He also
mentioned that 55 members have not yet paid their dues, and they may
be removed from membership if not received in the next 2
The cost of
publishing the newsletter has gone up along with postage and
mailings. The next issue, 2023-1, will be finalized by this
coming Sunday, March 12th, and will consist of 48 pages. Any
letters or donations received after that will be in the next issue.
Tony and Frank were thanked for all their hard work.
For New York City
residents only, information on renewing your carry permits can
be found on the website below. Unless you completed an HR218 course
before August 31, 2022, you will be forced to take the 16-hour
training course and the 2 hours at the firing range. The alternative
is a permit but only for your home premises.
The Labor Council is
in favor of the new Medical Plan and will be voting on Thursday,
March 9th. Members are encouraged to donate to the NYC Organization
of Public Service Retirees so that the litigation can continue at PO
Box 941, Venice, FL.34284
FOP Lodge #317 will
hold a special Memorial Gathering to honor Joe McGarry from
12:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 15th at The Hartigan House, 517
Central Ave., Bethpage, NY. There will be a Chinese Auction. Full
details will be posted on the “Meetings and Events” page when
finalized and emails will be sent out to Lodge 317 members. All
proceeds of the event will go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in
memory of Joe McGarry.
The next meeting will
be held on Wednesday, May 3rd From 12:00 noon to approximately 2:00
PM at Spolini's Restaurant 116-25 Metropolitan Ave. (off Union
Turnpike), Richmond Hill. Members asked for another location
closer to Brooklyn & Staten Island and this place was found to
have a large function room and good food. Attendance at this meeting
will determine it as a future location. Tony and Bob will be sending
information on parking and directions.
June 9th there will
be a Bowling League Dinner/Dance at Verdi's. Emil Stucchio and
the Classics will be performing. The cost is $140.00 per
couple but could be less depending on the number of people
Last year we had 50
new members join. This year so far, we have 43 new members.
Please advise Tony Lomanto if you have a new email address or have
The meeting ended at
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE HEALTH PLAN APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL LABOR
mentioned above, the MLC voted today in favor of accepting the
proposed Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan. Today, March 9th,
they actually voted in favor of the plan. 79% of the voting unions
voted YES and the voting is based on the number of union members.
The UFT, DC37 & the Sanitation union have the most votes.
Crane's Business magazine posted this article about the
vote. It can be viewed in this PDF
There are also
a number of videos on You Tube with Marianne Pizzitola from the NYC
Retirees Organization describing the latest events in their fight
against the City.
We will post ongoing information here as
LATEST NEWS ON NYPD RULES FOR CONCEALED
INFORMATION FOR RETIREES LIVING IN NYC WITH
CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS
NYC CC PERMITSFOR NYC RETIREES LIVING IN NYC 5
BOROUGHS ONLY FROM THE LBA BREAKFAST MEETING JANUARY
THIS SHOULD ANSWER ALL THOSE QUESTIONS I HAVE BEEN
IF YOU ARE NOT DUE TO RENEW I SUGGEST YOU PRINT THIS OUT
AND KEEP IT
NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME RETIREES
RESIDING IN NYC TO RETAIN CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT: We would like to
acknowledge and thank Marty Browne (Retired Sergeant) and Director
Nicole Berkovich, from the NYPD License Division, for coming to the
LBA meeting to answer questions from the membership regarding the
new requirement mandating that some retirees attend a sixteen (16)
hour Gun Safety Course and a two (2) hour Live Ammunition Firing
Course to renew their Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit issued by
the New York City Police Department. This requirement, as of now,
only applies to those retirees whose licenses are issued via the
NYPD License Division. The different requirements apply in the
following three (3) unique scenarios:
Retirees Who Retired Prior To September 1,
For those retirees who separated from service prior to
September 1, 2017, and who receive their Concealed Carry Weapon
(CCW) permit from the NYPD License Division, must satisfy the
following requirements to successfully renew their permit:
Attend a sixteen (16) hour Gun Safety Course and a two (2) hour Live
Ammo Shooting Course – This is currently a once in a lifetime
attendance requirement. OR - Possess proof of attending at least one
HR 218 course (ID Card) between the periods of September 1, 2017,
through August 31, 2022. OR - Proof of having attended any other Gun
Safety related course during the periods of September 1, 2017,
through August 31, 2022. (check with pistol license of the course is
Retirees who retired between September 1, 2017,
through August 31, 2022: As per the stipulations spelled out in the
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, retirees who
separated from service during this time period are NOT required to
provide any additional proof (training or HR 218) to renew their
Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.
Retirees who retired on or after September 1, 2022: If
they were employed/Active between September 1, 2017, through August
31, 2022, are NOT required to provide any additional proof (training
or HR 218) to renew their Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.
If a retired member who resides in New York City and who receives
their Concealed Carry Weapon permit from the NYPD License Division
does not satisfy the renewal mandates stipulated above, the likely
results are as follows:
IF RETIREE POSSESSES A: Retired ID Card,
Expired Concealed Carry Permit, Does NOT Have a Valid HR 218 =
License Division will eventually attempt to confiscate and safeguard
your weapons. License Division will usually allow approximately six
(6) months after the members current permit expires for member to
renew application for Concealed Carry permit.
Retired ID Card,
Expired Concealed Carry Permit, VALID HR 218 = Allowed to retain and
carry weapon(s). However, will be unable to purchase ammunition and
buy/sell gun(s) in New York State. The License Division may
eventually contact you to ascertain if you wish to renew Carry or
convert to Premise Permit.
Retired ID Card, Expired Concealed
Carry Permit, Valid HR 218, Valid Premise Permit: Allowed to retain
and carry weapon(s). Premise Permit also allows you to purchase
ammunition and to buy/sell gun(s) in New York State.
note that a valid HR 218 is a key requirement in retaining and
carrying your weapon when you do not satisfy the CCW renewal
requirements and therefore do not have a CCW Permit issued by the
NYPD License Division.**
Routinely, retired members will receive
a mailed notice from the NYPD License Division, three (3) months
prior to their current CCW Permit expiring advising them how to
apply for their renewal and what requirements are mandated to
successfully renew their CCW. If a member switches from a Concealed
Carry Weapon Permit to a Premise Permit, the member may switch back
to a CCW permit if they can now satisfy the requirements. However,
this conversion cannot take place until the next scheduled permit
renewal date (usually three years).
If you are a retiree who
receives your CCW Permit from the NYPD License Division and have
additional question regarding this matter, please contact
WAS ASKED ABOUT OTHER COUNTIES OUTSIDE NYC WHO ARE NOT AS STRICT
WITH THESE RULES FOR RETIRED NYPD COPS LIVING THERE AND
THE REPLY WAS THAT THOSE OTHER COUNTIES "ARE NOT
OBEYING THE NEW LAW"
PART 'B' AND IRMAA RE-IMBURSEMENTS
SENATE AND ASSEMBLY BILLS - PROHIBIT DIMINUTION OF HEALTH
All this information can be viewed on the NYC Health Benefits
page https://tinyurl.com/3tt9wru4 sent by Lou Hollander.
Please note you can go back as far as 2019 if you haven't
SENATE AND ASSEMBLY BILLS - PROHIBIT DIMINUTION OF
SUMMARY - 2023-02-07 Assembly referred to governmental
employees SPONSOR- Stacy Pheffer Amato [D]
Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public
employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's
contributions for such insurance; defines employers to include the
state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and
commissions. Assembly Member Email | New York State Assembly
SENATE BILL S2728
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: 2023-2024 Legislative
Section one provides that the level of health
insurance benefits, and the employer contributions made toward such
health insurance, for certain retired firefighters, police officers,
and their dependents
shall not be diminished below the benefits.
and contributions in place as of May 1, 2008.
James Sanders Jr.
(D) 10TH SENATE
CURRENT BILL STATUS -IN SENATE COMMITTEE CIVIL SERVICE
AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE
OUR VSF LEGISLATION RE-INTRODUCED IN ALBANY &
LATEST NEWS ON THE CITY'S PROPOSED HEALTH
From Alan Berkowitz
S5107 (the Variable Supplements Bill) was
reintroduced in the 2023 legislative session under a new print
Extends the benefits of the variable supplements fund
to all New York city police officers, firefighters, housing police,
transit police, correction officers and registered domestic
Sponsor: SEN. SANDERS
• Feb 3, 2023 - REFERRED TO CITIES
1 Review S4158 on WWW.NYSenate.gov
As soon as we hear of an Assembly bill introduced, we will
post that and urge all retirees to contact their Senators and
Assembly representatives to vote in favor of these
LATEST NEWS ON NY CITY'S PLAN TO CHANGE OUR
One good news is the recent judge's ruling that Emblem
Health / GHI Senior Care cannot charge for co-pays. This took effect
on January 22nd. It is recommended that should your doctor insist on
charging for the co-pay, either show him the judge's ruling or pay
it and keep a receipt. Emblem Health is contesting this ruling in
court and if they fail to win, they will set up some way to
||From the NYC Health Benefits Program website health-retiree-responsibilities
Care members, EmblemHealth has suspended the $15 co-pay for certain
services offered through the GHI Senior Care Plan due to on-going
litigation and pursuant to court order.
Until further notice,
no $15 copay will be required for the services listed below.
- Office visits (PCPs)
- Office visits (Specialists)
- Allergy Testing/Injections
- Chiropractic Services
- Podiatry (non-Routine)
- Cardiac Rehab
- Pulmonary Rehab
- Vision Care (Medicare-covered)
- PT, OT & Speech therapy
- Diagnostic lab/X-ray (including Hi
- Radiation therapy
- Partial Hospitalization - Mental
- Partial Hospitalization - Substance
* * * *
*From the NYC
City Council leaders announced they have
no plan to pass a bill pushed by Mayor Adams that would allow his
administration to charge retired municipal workers for health
insurance — and multiple sources in the chamber told the Daily News
that the legislation is unlikely to ever get a vote.
City Council Speaker
The bill is a last resort in the
Adams administration’s longtime effort to enroll the city’s roughly
250,000 retired workers in a cost-cutting Medicare Advantage Plan
that critics say would result in inferior health coverage.
have twice blocked the administration from implementing the plan due
to a provision that would slap $191 monthly premiums on retirees who
want to opt out of it in favor of staying on traditional Medicare.
While Advantage would be free, the courts have said the
administration’s proposed financial penalty for other coverage runs
afoul of a local law known as 12-126 that requires the city to
provide its retirees with no-premium coverage for life.
result, the mayor has for months pressed the Council to rewrite
12-126 in such a way that the $191 fee would become legally feasible
— but Speaker Adrienne Adams said Thursday afternoon that her body
has no plan to vote on legislation introduced at his request that
would achieve that end.
“There is no scheduled next step,” the
speaker said during a news conference at City Hall.
contentious Council Labor Committee hearing earlier this month,
Adams administration officials said that if the Council does not
adopt the 12-126-tweaking bill by Jan. 26, they would move ahead
with the drastic option of eliminating all health insurance options
for retirees besides Medicare Advantage.
has maintained that option would comply with the court rulings since
there’d be no financial penalty at play.
Given that the Council’s
final meeting of the month was Thursday, Speaker Adams confirmed the
body will not act by the stated deadline. That presumably means the
administration will follow through on its pledge to make Advantage
the only available plan for municipal retirees.
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Adams spokesman Jonah Allon
declined to disclose the administration’s next step. Instead, Allon
reiterated that the mayor and the Municipal Labor Committee believe
the administration must move ahead with Advantage because it could
save the city hundreds of millions of dollar per year at a time of
great fiscal uncertainty for the municipal government.
city and the Municipal Labor Committee worked together to take
advantage of the federal funding for Medicare Advantage plans that
would permit us to continue providing high-quality, premium free
coverage for retirees while saving approximately $600 million a year
— savings that are especially critical as we continue to face a
skyrocketing health care crisis and other fiscal challenges,” Allon
Before the full Council would ever be able to consider the
bill favored by Adams, the Labor Committee would have to approve it
— and a source inside the panel said that’s highly
“The appetite isn’t there to move this bill,” the
source told The News, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss
Another source close to Council
leadership agreed. “It’s dead,” the insider said of the bill, noting
that no Council member came out in support of it during this month’s
hearing in the committee.
In her press conference, Speaker
Adams declined to speculate on whether there’s any support for the
bill in the chamber.
She cast doubt over the Jan. 26 deadline
floated by the administration, though.
“It’s not even clear that
the deadline was ever [active],” she said before lamenting that the
administration hasn’t yet provided the Council with a detailed
contract for its preferred Advantage plan. “One of the questions at
the hearing was, ‘Where’s the contract?’ ... We didn’t even have a
contract to deliberate on as a body, so for me, that was a very
important piece of information that we would need to go forward in
The NYC Organization for Public Service
Retirees filed the lawsuit that prompted courts to block the first
iteration of Adams’ Advantage push — and has indicated it will seek
additional legal intervention if his administration attempts to make
it the only health plan available to them.
“If they did that, I’m
sure we’ll see them in court pretty quickly,” Marianne Pizzitola, a
retired FDNY EMT who leads the retiree group, said at last month’s
hearing to cheers from her members.
Ever since former Mayor
Bill de Blasio’s administration first tried to roll out the
Advantage plan in the fall of 2021, thousands of retired teachers,
EMTs and other municipal workers have argued that such a switch
would destroy their coverage. They’ve pointed to federal
studiesshowing that Advantage plans — which are administered by
private health insurance providers, unlike traditional Medicare —
can deny “medically necessary” care for beneficiaries.
administration has disputed such concerns and said Advantage would
provide retirees with robust coverage, while allocating savings to
hedge against a city budget deficit that could grow as large as $6
billion in coming years.
2023 GREAT NEWS !!! CITY COUNCIL
REFUSES TO VOTE ON ADMIN. CODE
From the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees
Good Morning everyone! The City Council will NOT be
voting on Intro 874 tomorrow. We will now THANK
the Council for NOT taking this bill up.. Please call and
email the Civil Service and Labor Committee. See below the draft
message for the contact Info. We will have more information
Script for Members
Good Morning/ Good Afternoon
My name is
________________________and I am a retiree. The purpose of my call
is to “Thank” the City Council Member for not supporting the passage
of Intro bill 0874 from the Civil Service and Labor Committee. By
having this bill laid aside, you have restored some of our faith in
the system. We appreciate that your member heard our message to not
listen to the Mayor and that retirees should not bare the burden of
the city's budgetary issues. The Medicare Advantage Plan will not
provide us with proper healthcare coverage and we should not have to
pay more to receive less care. We discovered there are several
funding programs totaling over 300 million dollars that can be used
to help balance the budget. There will be a bill introduced soon
that will protect the status of our future healthcare, and we hope
that your member will continue to stand with us and support
Thank you for hearing my statement, and being the voice for
retirees. Thank you for listening.
(Your name), retiree, # years,
List of City Council Members on the Civil Service and Labor to be
called: (CALL BOTH NUMBERS)
28 Speaker Adrienne E. Adams Legislative Office:
District Office: 718-206-2068
10 Hon. Carmen De La Rosa Legislative Office:
District Office: 917-521-2616
3 Hon. Erik Bottcher District Office: 212-564-7757
5 Hon. Julie Menin Legislative Office: 212-788-6865
11 Hon. Eric Dinowitz Legislative Office: (212) 788-7080 District
Office: (718) 549-7300
15 Hon. Oswald Feliz Legislative Office:212-788-6966 District
21 Hon. Francisco P. Moya 212-788-6862 District Office:
22 Hon. Tiffany Caban 718-274-4500
37 Hon. Sandy Nurse Legislative Office: 212-788-7284 District
40 Hon. Rita Joseph Legislative Office: 212-788-7352 District
49 Hon. Kamillah Hanks Legislative Office: 212-788-6972 District
EMAIL THE CIVIL SERVICE & LABOR COMMITTEE:
these email addresses into your email:
File for the List of CM is here if you want to save it: https://mcusercontent.com/.../b8e.../Civil_Service_labor.pdf
If you are on Twitter and Instagram, please comment and share our
We also created an OPEN FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/NYCRetirees
And Please send your donations in to continue this fight!
We have THREE lawsuits running concurrently, and if the Mayor
eliminates all health plans, we WILL have a 4th!!
There will be NO Vote on Intro 874! You do NOT need
to come to City Council!
2023 MEMBERSHIP CARDS MAILED OUT
The 2023 membership cards and decals went out to all
PAID members this past Wednesday, January 11th.
NON-PAID members were sent the letter and
the dues envelope, and we ask those members to please send in your
dues upon receiving the mail.
In the past few years, we have encountered mail problems with
some envelopes being ripped open and membership cards being lost.
We ask any member who receives an envelope that has been opened
and cards missing, to please contact us.
To any member who also belongs to the FOP Lodge 317, be advised
that the National and State cards were sent out Tuesday to those
members who sent in their dues in the first batch early in 2022
after receiving the renewal application in September.
SURVEY FOR THE 2023 FLORIDA REUNION
||Bill McKechnie, his staff, and Lou Hollander
are conducting a survey to see how many retirees would be interested
in attending what may be the last, and possibly the best, Florida
Reunion ever. We wish Bill and his staff all the best in their
Responses should be in before January
Please read the details in this PDF
RALLY AGAINST NYC MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN
PAROLE FOR KILLER OF DET. GEORGE CACCAVALE
The NYC Council will be conducting a hearing on the proposed
change of the Administrative Code Sect 12-126 on Monday, January 9th
at 9:30AM. Active and Retired Cuty employees are urged to attend and
voice your oppostion to the proposal.
Please read this from
the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees in this PDF
President Bob Valentino and the Executive Board are asking all
members and fellow retirees to submit a letter or email in support
of denying parole for the killer of the Late Det.
We stand in support of
George Caccavale's daughter, Carla, who will appear at the parole
hearing in February to try to keep this killer in jail.
Click on this link to the PBA https://www.nycpba.org/community/keep-cop-killers-in-jail/cop-killers-form/?id=25865
NEW PRESCRIPTION PLAN FOR THE NYPD DEA
From Alan Berkowitz email@example.com
Dear DEA Member:
Effective February 1, 2023, the DEA is launching a new
prescription drug program. This new program will replace our
Benecard prescription drug plan. The new prescription drug program
will be administered by Express Scripts. Our members should
experience significantly enhanced prescription drug benefits with no
disruptions to your current prescription drug needs.
By mid-January of 2023, you will receive a letter from Express
Scripts introducing you to our new program. You will also be
receiving a “welcome package” and a new prescription drug
For the past several years, the DEA Board of Officers
has been committed to making improvements to the union’s health
benefits for both active and retired members. In 2021 and 2022, we
introduced our new Cigna dental plan for active and retired members,
increased life insurance benefits for active members, and instituted
our new Northwell Health body screening program. And in 2023, we
expect to make improvements to our mental health and wellness
programs. We will continue to examine other benefits to enhance the
lives of our members and their families.
Beginning February 1, 2023, we look forward to you — the
“Greatest Detectives in the World” — experiencing our new pharmacy
benefit through Express Scripts.
In the interim, have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season
and a joyous New Year!
TOME GREER HAS TICKETS FOR THE 2023 METS-YANKEES GAME
LATEST RE-CAP ON THE CITY'S HEALTH PLAN ISSUE
||Our newly elected Executive Secretary, Tom
Greer, has obtained 100 tickets to the 2023
Mets-Yankees Subway Series Game scheduled for June 13th,
7:10 PM. Please note, it will be on a first come - first sold basis
as no other tockets will be available after these are sold
Full details can be viewed in this PDF flyer.
From Mariann Pizzitola of The NYC Organization of Public Service
The latest information available can be viewed
in this PDF report
RETIREES ORGANIZATION WINS IN STATE APPEALS COURT
||Marianne Pizzitola of the Organization of Public Service
Retirees has succeeded in court in a decision rendered by the NYS
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial
WE WON! This means TWO
courts interpreted the law the same way and the retirees are
vindicated in our effort to push back on the City from trying to
take away our benefits. The MLC and City have tried everything
from back room deals to trying to change the law we won our case on,
to threatening the City Council and even using an arbitrator who is
supposed to be neutral, to say on the eve of Thanksgiving, if the
legislative body doesn’t do what’s being demanded of it he will
eliminate all plans. Truth is there are options. They
just didn’t want to implement them. WE STILL NEED
TO MAKE CALLS AND EMAILS TO CITY COUNCIL!! They
may still try to pull the “nuclear option” or change the
code! Our work is NOT done!
Today, the NYC
Organization of Public Service Retirees won their case in the First
Department NY Appellate Court. The Court was very clear
Code § 12-126 (b) (1) provides: “The city will pay the entire cost
of health insurance coverage for city employees, city retirees, and
their dependents, not to exceed one hundred percent of the full cost
of H.I.P.-H.M.O. on a category basis.”
The court correctly
determined that Administrative Code § 12-126 (b) (1) requires
respondents to pay the entire cost, up to the statutory cap, of any
health insurance plan a retiree selects.
applaud the decision.
entire court decison can be read HERE
REPORT OF NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Minutes of the membership meeting held on November
The meeting was called to order by President Mike
Lanning with the Pledge of Allegiance to The Flag and asked
for a moment of silence for the 7 departed members since our last
meeting in September, any deceased family members, and all fellow
retirees on the Sick List.
Mike then introduced our Editor,
Frank Crisa, and thanked him and Treasurer
Tony Lomanto, for their work in putting together our great
newsletter, "Beyond the Line."
The finances of the association are doing well. We have received
donations from many of the members, especially from many Lifetime
Members who no longer have to send in dues..
Mike welcomed Robin Becker, the President of the
Transit Police Memorial FOP Lodge 317, and her board.
Our next meeting, the annual Christmas and Holiday
Party, will be held on December 7th at
Verdis. Any paid member who attended the
Black Patch luncheon in October will not have to pay the $25 door
The NY Reunion will be held at Antun's on
Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 pm The cost is $65.00 in advance and
$70 CASH at the door.
Nominations and election of Executive Board Members for 2023 was
conducted by Vinnie Servedio. The results are as follows:
President - Bob Valentino
First Vice President - Deo
Second Vice President - Vinnie DiMaio
Secretary - Tom Greer
Financial Secretary - Gregory
Treasurer - Tony Lomanto
Recording Secretary - Bob
Sergeant At Arms - Mike Lanning
Tom Greer reported there were 192 people at the
Mets-Yankees game this year at $163.00 per ticket. To change to a
location closer to home plate would cost about $200.00 per
It was decided to stay in the same section for the
2023 games. A total of 100 tickets will be ordered.
Several members in Queens requested a meeting location closer to
them and a location in Howard Beach was suggested. A meeting
starting at 12:00 noon and ending at 2:30 pm before the rush hour
traffic was proposed.
Legislative Director Tony Piazza spoke at length
about the problems facing the new medical coverage plan. The City,
faced with the possibility of the City Council not amending the city
charter section 12-126, is now using the threat of only having one
health plan for all employees, both active and retired. It would be,
of course, the Medicare Advantage Plan currently being negotiated
with Aetna Health Insurance.
We have 50 new members as can be seen in the latest issue of
"Beyond the Line." Deo spoke about the need to get new,
younger members to join and said that at the Black Patch Meeting and
the FOP State Convention, he distributed 200 applications.
1st VP Bob Valentino requested that prayers be
offered for the 2 police officers shot in Newark, NJ. Thankfully,
the culprit was apprehended.
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 pm.
Robert Forrester, Recording
Regarding the issue of the City
Council amendment change, the Organization of Public Service
Retirees has put together a chart that shows the possible changes
the City and the Municipal Labor Council as compared to what we now
It can be seen in the PDF HERE
UPDATE ON RENEWING YOUR PISTOL PERMIT WITH THE NEW STATE
ONLY TO MAKE MATTERS MORE CONFUSING
Thanks to Alan Berkowitz and Lou Hollander for forwarding
this information as received from RETIRED LIEUTENANTS'
Below are some excerpts from info we have gotten related to the
new law affecting the renewal of your NYS/NYC Concealed Carry
It is unclear how the State/City will verify how long
you have maintained your HR218. I would recommend checking with the
County that issued your permit regarding their policies. You may
want to consider saving your old HR218 cards in case they are needed
to prove your years of certification. Some Counties had permits with
5 year expirations, NYC had 3 year expiration, and some did not
expire. Per the new NY State law, all permits now expire every
3 years. Some of the HR218 schools are already offering the new
course for those needing it.
From the NYC Pistol License
The new law for carry licenses has
changed. Per the new law, you need 16 hours of classroom
instruction and 2 hrs. range time.
MOS retired over 5
years who do not have an HR218 are required to complete this
training class. If you are retired over 5 years and have an
HR218, send a written statement that you have an HR218 and kept it
active for how many years. Include a copy of the HR218 front and
back. An HR218 dated before 9/1/2022 which is in effect at
this time will be enough to satisfy the requirement. If no HR218,
then the required training has to be completed to renew the license.
From the DEA: Update on Firearms License Renewal for
As of September 1, 2022, all
licensees, including retired members of law enforcement, must have
sixteen (16) hours of training and two (2) hours of shooting
practice. The State of New York plans eventually to check back three
(3) years of the applicant’s social media accounts, but, as of this
writing, personnel is not yet in place at the Licensing Division to
conduct social media checks. H.R. 218 certification will be accepted
only if it was acquired prior to September 1, 2022. The caveat is
that the Licensing Division will assume the retired member of the
service had H.R. 218 certification for consecutive years and didn’t
just newly acquire it. We hope more information will be forthcoming,
but as of this writing, this is what is known at this
For Nassau County residents,
I called the Pistol Permit Section and was told that Nassau
County Supervisor Blakeman has a bill on his desk that will allow
renewals on a 3 year basis rather than the current 5 and training
will not be required for those with HR 218 certification. I am
assuming Suffolk County will have a similar exemption. More on this
when this matter is finalized.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FLORIDA R.O.M.E.O. LUNCHEON
||From Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org
photos from the Spring Hill FL R.O.M.E.O luncheon can be viewed in
OF SEPTEMBER MEETING & LATEST ITEMS OF INTEREST
From Recording Secty Bob Forrester (and his wife,
Mike Lanning opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag followed by a moment of silence to remember 21 departed fellow
retirees since our last meeting, their family members, fellow police
officers, those on the Sick List, and our Armed Forces serving in
informed the membership that the next issue of “Beyond The Line” is
coming out by the end of September or early October, and thanked
Frank Crisa and Tony Lomanto for doing a great job with the
also thanked Tom Greer for doing a great job on the Subway Series
held on July 27th. Tom is currently working on the one for
Valentino asked the members present to ask any fellow retirees who
are not members, to join the association. He also spoke about the
Black Patch Meeting to be held on Saturday, October 1st, 12 Noon at
Verdis. Your $60.00 fee for the Black Patch Meeting includes
free admission to the Retirees Christmas Party. There were
five new members inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame and will be
honored at the Black Patch dinner
also mentioned the NY Reunion at Antun's on
Tuesday, Nov. 15th starting at 4:00pm, with thanks to Paul
Murphy and Marilyn Scahill.
Bowling League meets on Tuesday mornings, and anyone is
Lomanto spoke about the new PBA Dental Plan which is a good one. It
is important that you go the PBA website and click on the link to
register with CIGNA. This plan is only for PBA members.
negotiations between Emblem and Blue Cross came apart. The
City is now negotiating with Aetna. There will be a speaker at
the Sept. 29th meeting at 12:00 Noon at the LI Shields meeting at
the Coral House in Baldwin addressing this issue. (See
the important update below)
Sept. 11th was to be the last day to be registered in the
911 Victims Fund for any illnesses suffered as a result of 911.
Today, (9/10) the Governor signed
(S9294A/A10416) which extended the deadline to file a
Notice of Participation under WTC Disability Law. The new deadline
is September 11, 2026.
spoke about the new Gun Law Bill. It might be a good thing to
obtain an HR218 Permit - you could carry your gun from state to
state. For those living in the NY Metropolitan area, you
can call Instructor Roland M. Grant of SAFETY
QUEST at phone number 516-446-0127. Various law enforcement
organizations are seeking to have amendments added as this bill,
like previous gun laws, was rushed through without much thought and
input. This law does not pertain to active or retired LEOs regarding
"sensitive areas" as mentioned in the bill which can be read in the
State FOP posting below. It is important that you have a current
Transit Police or NYPD Police Identification card to get the HR 218
introduced the new President of FOP Lodge 317, Robin Becker, who
said a few words to the membership.
next Retirees meeting will be held Wednesday, November 2nd, 1:00 pm
at Spuntino's Restaurant in Williston Park. We still do not have the
OK to resume meetings at the State FOP building because of
Thanks to Alan Berkowitz for forwarding this important health
Here we go
ADAMS AND UNIONS STRIKE DEAL ON MEDICARE
PLAN PlanAdams and Unions Strike Deal on Shift to
Cost-Cutting Medicare Plan
by Sam Mellens - NY Focus - 9/08/22 -
The mayor and major city
unions plan to press the City Council to clear a path for a
privatized Medicare plan for retired city workers.
At a meeting Thursday morning, the administration of Mayor Eric
Adams and major unions representing municipal employees agreed on a
proposal to clear the way for their long-held goal of switching
retired city workers to cost-saving private Medicare Advantage
The insurance shift, first reported by New York Focus more
than a year ago, would likely save the city hundreds of millions of
dollars a year and help pay for current workers’ benefits — but many
retirees fear that it could decrease their access to health
At the meeting, union leaders agreed to a proposal from the
administration to make a joint request to the City Council, asking
it to amend city law to allow the city to charge retirees for their
current health care plans. That would remove a legal roadblock that
has held the switch up in court and led the insurer that had won the
contract to administer the plan to back out in July.
all wildly enthusiastic votes, and people were expressing qualms.
But the difficulty is we’re not quite sure what else to do, because
there is a financial problem here,” said Robert Croghan, chair of
the executive board of the Organization of Staff Analysts, a union
representing city office workers across numerous agencies. Croghan
estimated that 85% of the dozens of union representatives present
voted in favor of the proposal.
Oren Barzilay, president of
Local 2507, a union representing fire department employees, told New
York Focus that he voted against the proposal. “The law gives us
protection in terms of having our current health benefits,” he said.
“Why would you open up that Pandora’s box not knowing what could
The city projects that the shift to Medicare Advantage will save
$600 million annually, which would go to a fund controlled by city
unions that is used to pay for current city employees’ health
insurance and other benefits. Without that additional cash, the
benefits that the fund provides could be at risk.
and union leaders have claimed that retired city workers would
receive the same quality of care under a Medicare Advantage plan as
they currently receive under Senior Care, the free insurance plan
that the city provides to most retirees. But many retirees have
raised concerns that a Medicare Advantage plan would provide less
coverage and carry greater out-of-pocket costs than Senior
The city had planned to incentivize retirees to switch to
Medicare Advantage by requiring them to pay $191 a month to maintain
their coverage under Senior Care. In a March decision on a lawsuit
filed by retirees to stop the switch, state Supreme Court Judge Lyle
Frank ruled the city can’t force retirees to pay for their current
Frank’s ruling threatened the viability of the switch
as a cost-cutting device. By April, over 65,000 retirees had opted
out of the Medicare Advantage plan — more than one out of every five
The proposed legislation, endorsed by the mayor’s Office of Labor
Relations and the unions’ Municipal Labor Committee, would change
the text of the law that Frank based his ruling on to allow the city
to force retirees to pay to maintain their current coverage.
proposal is detailed in a letter from Labor Relations Commissioner
Renee Campion to Harry Nespoli, chair of the Municipal Labor
Committee, a coalition of city workers’ unions. The legislative
change “would help ensure the parties have the necessary flexibility
to obtain quality and affordable health insurance coverage for
covered individuals,” the letter states. The letter also says that
at least one plan for retirees would remain premium-free, as Senior
Care currently is.
Frank’s ruling allowed the city to
eliminate Senior Care entirely, but the city hasn’t given any
indication that it is considering that step.
administration is appealing Frank’s ruling. But if the City Council
adopts the Office of Labor Relation’s proposed legal change, then
getting the ruling overturned might be unnecessary. “It’s an end run
around the court decision, in a sense,” Croghan said.
The unresolved Medicare Advantage situation is likely to be a
significant sticking point in upcoming contract negotiations between
the unions and the city, City & State reported on Wednesday. If
the unions think that their health care costs are likely to go up,
they may ask for larger raises, which would cost billions of
dollars. That could be an ask that the city is reluctant to grant,
especially since current projections show it is already likely to
face multi-billion-dollar budget gaps in upcoming years. Croghan
predicted that the City Council will approve the proposed change.
“It’s something that Adams wants, and now the Municipal Labor
Committee says they want it too. Why would the City Council not go
along with it?” he said.
Barzilay said that public opposition
to the plan, which has been vocal in the past, could present an
“There’ll be people testifying for it, and people
testifying against it. It’s just a matter of who’s more persuasive
to the City Council,” he said.
From the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees
(as of September 1st)
This link is
to bring awareness of the misguided information that is being
disseminated. You will read our reply to the UFT RTC Health
Committee Chair. We included his emails for
Grab a cup of coffee.... (or a
bottle of wine!)
This information brings out the
"lies" perpetrated by the UFT and the Health Insurance Stabilization
The NYS Fraternal Order of Police has put out a
"Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) about the latest Gun Control laws
recently passed by New York State. Please keep in mind that as a
retired Police Officer, many of these laws do not apply.
report can be read HERE Note Questions
#17 & 25 as it relates to retired Police Officers.
PENSION COST OF LIVING INCREASE
From Lou Hollander and Alan Berkowitz
COLA ADJUSTMENT BEGINNING SEPTEMBER, 2022 THROUGH
The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for September 2022 through
August 2023 benefit payments is 3%.
As a result, an eligible retired member with a maximum retirement
benefit of $18,000 or more will receive a maximum increase of
$45 per month beginning with the September
30, 2022 payment. (Eligible members receiving a maximum
retirement benefit under $18,000 will receive a lesser monthly
This latest COLA brings the cumulative maximum monthly increase
since COLA legislation was enacted in 2000 to $444 (see chart be-
New York's permanent, automatic COLA is designed to help offset
inflation's adverse effects on the fixed retirement benefits of the
state's public retirees. By law, the COLA can be no less than 1% and
no more than 3% annually and is applied only to the first $18,000 of
the retirement benefit. The COLA percentage is calculated by taking
50% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase from one March to the
next and rounding up to the nearest tenth. The CPI increased 8.54%
from March 2021 to March 2022.
To be eligible for a COLA, you must either be:
• · At least
age 62 and retired at least five years; or,
• · At least age 55
and retired at least 10 years; or,
• · A retiree receiving a
disability benefit for at least five years (regardless of age);
• · A surviving spouse of an eligible retiree receiving a
lifetime benefit. (By law, the spouse receives an increase equal to
one-half the COLA the retiree would have received.)
Retirees who become eligible for the COLA after September will
receive their adjustment when first eligible.
be good for at least a tank of gas in your car.
OF THE RECENT NY 10-13 MEETING WITH THE PUBLIC SERVICE
Lanning and I, along with Dan McGowan and his wife Emily, and
Associate member Eric Wollman, were among the few Transit Police
Retirees Association members along with other City agency
departments retirees who attended the special meeting sponsored by
the NY 10-13 Club with special guest speaker Marianne
Pizzitola from the NYC Organization of Public Service
It was somewhat
disappointing that there was such a small turnout of retirees
Jay Finn, a 10-13
Club Officer, introduced Marianne and her colleague, Michelle
Robbins, to a warm applause from the audience.
that their organization was getting negative comments from many
labor unions that what the Organization was saying was wrong, When
the unions were asked exactly what information was wrong, there was
no response from them.
Marianne started with
the history of the Health Insurance Stabilization Fund (HISF) that
was formed many years ago to maintain the cost of health insurance
plans for City workers.
In 2011, The Mayor,
City Council members and labor leaders actively discussed ways to
prevent the layoffs and cuts proposed to balance the budget in
fiscal year 2012.
One option under
consideration was to divert money from the HISF. Ultimately, around 2014 or
so, monies were "borrowed" from the Fund to settle a contract with
the Teachers Union as they had been without a contract for several
From then on, and
with no oversight in place, monies were taken from the HISF by the
City and yet, there was no paying it back. This has led to the City
now looking to offer a different medical plan to employees and
retirees and to implement the current MAPP plan for Medicare
eligible retirees in order to reduce costs. With the proposed MAPP,
the City was to have saved approximately $600 million by passing the
cost of coverage onto the Federal government. That money was
“supposed” to be used for contracts and health plans and be added to
With Supreme Court
Justice Frank's decision in March of this year that the City cannot
charge a monthly premium for Medicare eligible retirees who do not
want the MAPP, the City had no choice but to set aside starting the
plan. Immediately after the decision, the City filed an appeal that
is scheduled to be heard some time in October. Along with this
delay, Anthem Blue Cross tried to push the City to start the new
health plan in January 2023, but they received negative response
from NYC and as a result, pulled out of the plan.
The City is now in
the process of finding another health insurance company to handle
the benefits for the employees and retirees. It remains to be seen
what that outcome will result in.
With this new snag in
the City's plan, the website for Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has
updated their website and has now removed the Opt-Out form. As to
the co-pays and deductibles, it was said that these were put in
place for the benefit of the insurance companies.
I asked the question
about the PBA's court action against the Municipal Labor Council
(MLC) where the PBA stated they are not part of the MLC and are not
bound by their approval of the proposed MAPP. Marianne explained
that when a union utilizes a benefit obtained by the MLC, they are
part of it. It's not a matter of selective choices.
In the end, Marianne
went on to say that the fight is still on and asks that we send out
the call for donations to keep it going. In that respect, we do ask
that our members, especially those on Medicare, to make a donation
of any amount.
Please make out the
check to NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees and mail it to
The Organization at PO Box 941, Venice FL 34284.
Other methods of
donations can be found on their website www.nycretirees.org
We hope this
information has been helpful to our members and please spread the
word to fellow retirees who may not have computer
Thank you and stay
President, and your Executive Board.
This report will be
sent out to our members in an email.
NEW CIGNA DENTAL PLAN FROM THE PBA & DEA
||A new dental plan is being offered to members of the NYPD PBA
and the DEA through CIGNA. As it appears, using an in-network
provider would cover many procedures at no cost to the member. Out
of network providers would normally charge a fee, place a claim for
you and you would be responsible for the difference. A compelete
explanation from the PBA can be viewed in this PDF
FOR RET. P.O. BRENDAN 'JOE' McGARRY AT PINELAWN NATIONAL
On Wednesday, July 6th, a special ceremony took place at the
Pinelawn National Cemetery in Farmingdale Long Island for the
internment of the ashes of (Ret. PO) Brendan “Joe”
McGarry, his wife, Christine, and their son,
James. Members of the State FOP, FOP Lodge 317, family and
friends, and a contingent of the Patriot Guard Riders on their
motorcycles were in attendance.
Flag bearers and all others stood at attention when the cemetery
vehicle carrying the ashes pulled up at the ceremony site. They were
placed on a stand with the American flag in front of the case with
the U.S. Marine Corps plaque holding Joe’s ashes. Ret. TP Det.
Eugene Hennigan, a deacon of the church where Joe and Christine
attended, presided over the religious aspect. At the end, Taps were
played, the urns were removed for internment and the ceremony was
Joe, Christine, and James were now together. May they Rest in
Photos taken at Pinelawn may be seen in this Power
Point folder HERE
LOU HOLLANDER AND BILL WOOD HONORED BY FLIGHT TO D.C.
||I made an error describing the Honor Flight trip that Lou
Hollander and Billy Wood recently took to Washington DC. Lou was
kind enough to point out my error and gave me a better description
of the event. - Tony
Lou Hollander and Billy
Wood were selected by the Honor Flight
Committee to take the trip to DC and to see the various
memorials situated there, most notable The Vietnam Wall and the War
Memorials. Lou mentioned that he was looking at the name on the
Wall of a friend whom he grew up with.
Flight Network is a national network of undependant hubs working
together to honor our nation's veterans with an all-expenses paid
trip to the memorials in Washington DC, a trip many of our veterans
may not otherwise be able to take. Participation in an Honor Flight
trip gives veterans the chance to share this momentous trip with
other veterans, to remember friends and comrades lost, and share
their stories and experiences with each other.
Attached is a
short rendition and photos by Lou of his trip to Washington, DC that
can be read here: HERE
done and thank you all for your services.
DEA HONORS THE LATE TRANSIT DET. GEORGE CACCAVALE
Our 1st VP, Bob Valentino, along with Ret.
D/Sgt. Fred Ametrano attended a ceremony honoring the late
Transit Det. George Caccavale who
was killed during a robbery. DEA President Paul DiGiacomo
Jr., honored George's daughter, Carla
Caccavale with plaques and to Bobby and Fred also. Freddie
was at the scene at the time of the killing of George
The YouTube video can be seen
REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP
OF THE MAY MEETING AT SPUNTINO RESTAURANT
Thanks to our 2nd
VP Vincent DiMaio for this report.
7:15 PM First
Vice Pres. Bob Valentino called the meeting to order and
led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lanning and his wife Doris are not present
because they’re out sick with Covid 19, as was Recording
Secretary Bob Forrester and his wife
Frances not present due to Bob having a recent knee
replacement surgery and is currently in rehab.
Tony Lomanto read a list of those members who have passed
away since the last meeting and had a moment of silence for them,
any family members passing, fellow Police Officers in the country
killed in the line of duty and all serving servicemen &
Bob Valentino urged
members to donate to the Public Employee Organization that is
fighting to keep our current medical plans. He also mentioned the
following functions at Verdi’s: Bowling Dinner, Friday, June
10, “The Happenings” who sang “See You in September” will be there.
Saturday, October 1, Black Patch Sports Award Luncheon 12:30 to 4:00
PM, and our Christmas/Holiday Party is scheduled for Wednesday,
December 7, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.
Bob also said that we
should all sign up for emails from Louie Hollander, as they are very
informative, and mentioned the Police Memorial at the NYS FOP HQ
that took place on May 7, which was cold and rainy. State FOP
President Mike Essig paid homage to Joe McGarry who was remembered
for all his service to the FOP. At this meeting, we all raised a
toast to Joe.
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At this meeting, Bobby Valentino
mentioned that one of our members present, Ret.
Capt. Bob Kent, recently underwent heart surgery.
Bob explained that he always felt he was in good health until it hit
him. Thankfully, he came through and is recovering and we wished him
Tony Lomanto spoke
about Medicare Advantage Plan. Everything is on hold at this time.
Judge Frank ruled that NYC cannot impose a premium on the GHI/Senior
Care plan if you wish to keep what you have as it is contrary to the
NYC Administrative Code of free health care for life. At this time,
approximately 60,000 NYC Medicare eligible retirees so far have
opted out of the MAP, representing a major loss to the City who
anticipated $600,000,000 (million) reimbursement from Medicare. You
can still Opt-Out and forms were available at the meeting or you can
complete the form electronically at this Link https://nyc-ma-plus.empireblue.com/optout
The City appealed the
decision of the court, and the case comes up in September. As for
deductibles and co-pays, they were not mentioned in the court
decision and will remain in effect until further
Secretary Deo Fasolino reminded members to check if your
dentist is a member of the new PBA CIGNA Dental Plan which starts
July 1st before switching plans.
Chairman Tony Piazza, spoke on the Variable Supplement Fund
update. He wrote a
letter to Mayor Adams about Home Rule and requesting support for the
bills, So far, we have not received a reply. which is needed to move
forward with the VSF effort. Tony said that Home Rule should not be
necessary as we worked for a State agency and not the City of New
York. At present, they are still in committee and the feeling is
that any bills relating to police are not looked upon favorably.
That and the fact that many legislators are not in their offices but
rather handling legislation by Zoom or other digital "work from
home" methods. The current legislation ends in June so if our bills
don't even get to the floor or the issue of "Home Rule" isn't
resolved, they are dead.
Tommy Greer spoke about Mets/Yankees Game. Tickets which
are still available for $160.00 each. The seats are in the same
location as last year - City Field, Section 129, July 27, 2022, 7:00
to 10:00 PM.
Monfredo and his guest, Ret. NYS Trooper Steve Colano spoke
about Dr. Vick Pamoukian, MD, who is a Vascular
Surgeon and is providing free testing on May 21, 2022, at 400 So.
Oyster Bay Road, Suite 205, Hicksville, NY, 10:00 to 4:00 PM. See
the flyer on the Meetings & Events page. The doctor was at our
March meeting and explained what will be done at the screening for
carotid and leg circulation. Bring your ID, insurance card and
comfortable clothes. A reminder will be sent out via e-mails to the
members and check it out on the Meetings
& Events page.
Tony Lomanto then
introduced Robin Becker, the new President of FOP Lodge
317. She mentioned the next lodge meeting Thursday, May 12
at K of C Floral Park, NY at 7:00 PM.
The next meeting will
be at Verdi’s, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.
The 50/50 drawing was
held with member Bill Wiese donating his winnings
back to the association.
9:00 PM the meeting
Vincent R. Di Maio
LATEST NEWS FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE RETIREES
||Thanks to Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org
for sending this out
The latest information regarding
the NYC proposed Medicare Advantage Plan Program (MAPP) can be seen
is very good information from Medicare as to proper health coverage
from these Advantage plans.
FROM THE FUNERAL OF JOE McGARRY AND THE STATEN ISLAND LUNCHEON
LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR VSF FROM NYPD
Photos from the funeral
of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Brendan 'Joe'
McGarry can be
and the video I took
can be seen on You
Tube by clicking on this
Talk about a "small world." We received a
recent email from member Kevin
Costigan who told us that his
son, Father Christopher
Costigan, who is the Pastor of the church where the
funeral mass was held for Joe McGarry, St. Martin of Tours, in
Bethpage, Long Island, was to perform the mass yesterday and he gave
a very warm eulogy for Joe..
the Staten Island Lunch
Bunch can be
The letter of support
form the NYPD DEA can be viewed HERE
VERY GOOD INFORMATION FROM THE CHARLOTTE NC 10-013 CLUB
REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING
the March membership meeting from Recording Sect'y Bob Forrester,
with assistance from his able wife, Fran:
was held at Verdis Caterers in Westbury, Long Island, and we had
approximately 60 members attending.
was called to order by President Lanning with the Pledge of
Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Treasurer Tony Lomanto
read off the names of 35 fellow retirees who were reported passed
away since our last meeting in December.
Vincent Monfredo brought a guest speaker, Dr. Vic Pamoukian, a
vascular surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Queens, and Hicksville,
and is offering vascular screening to all our members and their
family members. He will be setting up a meeting in May at a location
to be announced at the membership meeting on May 11th at Spuntino’s
Restaurant in Williston Park.
absent for a court appearance (he's still an active NCPD officer),
Sgt-at-Arms Tom Greer has purchased 200 tickets for
baseball game scheduled for July
27th at 7:10PM. The seats will again be in the same
location as in 2021 - Section 129 by the
3rd base line. If interested, you
must call Tom at 631-902-8911 or email
at email@example.com The
cost per ticket this year will be $160, which, like
everything else, has gone up in cost.
Tony Lomanto spoke at length of the latest news regarding the
proposed Alliance Medicare Advantage Plan the City of NY intends to
have in place for retirees on Medicare. As reported, Judge Frank
ruled the City cannot impose a cost to the retirees to remain in
their current plan and the City, in response, stopped the plan's
start date of April 1st and also filed an appeal in court.
will be informing our members with whatever decision is made in
court. So, as of now, you will remain in your current plan, not pay
a premium, but you will be paying the deductible and co-pays. The
organization of service retirees who filed the court action still
advises retirees to OPT-OUT of joining the MAP. The current
telephone number of the Alliance program at this time has a
recording that it is not necessary to OPT-OUT since the plan will
not go into effect April 1st.
Despite that, and from past
history in dealing with NYC, it is recommended you file an OPT-OUT
form if you have not done so before. The form is available if you
click on the "OPT
OUT" link below in the posting of
March 8th. Follow the instructions to
complete the form (one for yourself and one for each dependent) and
send it by certified mail or electronically at the website
also mentioned that the latest edition of our great
newsletter, "Beyond the
Line," will be going to the mailer on
Monday, March 21st and should be in your hands within the next 2-3
weeks. It will be a big 48-page issue full of photos and
also like to point out the great number of donors who contributed to
the Association and we thank them very much for their generosity.
Remember, the newsletter only goes out to PAID members, so if you
still haven't sent in the dues for 2022, please do so now. We don’t
want you to miss a copy of this great paper.
and best wishes were given to Rita and Ron DiMao celebrating their
54th wedding anniversary. Way to go, guys!!!
Lombardo spoke of the Breakfast Communion Mass being celebrated on
April 24th honoring, among others, Police Officer Irma Lozada. Full
details can be found on the Meetings
and Events page.
Executive Sec'ty Deo Fasolino made a motion which was seconded to
have the Association pay for 4 members to attend the event. They
will be Ron DiMaio, John Asti, and Carmella and Al
spoke of how the laws have changed regarding safe deposit boxes and
gun permits when you have a spouse. Deo went through this after his
wife, Barbara, passed away last year.
Chairman Tony Piazza spoke of the current status of the VSF. He
reported that we still have bills in Albany and that at present,
there are only about 300 TPD retirees eligible for the
raffle was held and there being no new business, the meeting was
FRANK ISSUES RULING ON THE NEW NYC MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
Our thanks to Alan
Berkowitz firstname.lastname@example.org for
sending this out.
Judge Frank's decision after receiving oral arguments from both
sides, it appears to us, and please correct us if we are wrong, but
he specifically will not allow the City to have retirees who elected
to OPT-OUT and remain on their current plan which, in most cases, is
the Emblem Health/GHI Senior Care plan, to pay the $191.57 monthly
premium for each retiree & dependent. He also stipulated that
the City's Medicare Advantage Plan will go into effect April 1st,
2022 and if one has elected to be in it, they can now elect to get
out of it in the first 3 months and go back to their previous plan.
Also, you cannot be charged the $253 deductible for each plan. That
is, if you started with Senior Care and went into the City plan then
decided to go back to Senior Care, you would not start with a new
further information, you can read the entire
the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees <NYCorgOfPublicServiceRetirees@gmail.com>
you want to remain in your current plan and NOT go into the City
MAP, you MUST OPT-OUT now. Have you Opted Out and did NOT receive a
confirmation letter? If so, please contact the Alliance
Hotline, 1-833-325-1190 and ask for a confirmation letter mailed or
includes all retirees that opted out early in September and
October! You must confirm they opted you out and request proof
they received it. You must submit one form for yourself
and one for your dependents.
MUST OPT OUT ASAP. If you need help please go to our
website: OPT OUT
LOU HOLLANDER HOLDS ANOTHER GREAT R.O.M.E.O. PARTY FOR THE
From Lou Hollander email@example.com
A few of our snowbird friends were down to spend a
couple of months in the Sunshine State so we decided to put
together a R.O.M.E.O. We had about 21 guys in attendance,
and we had a great time being with old friends. As you have
seen on too many occasions in my emails, I put out obituaries of
someone you have worked with and haven’t seen them in
Many years of your life was spent working
with them and life is passing us by fast. Try to make it a point
in getting together with guys/gals you used to work with and
reminisce the good old days on the job.
Keep the Spirit of
the Transit Police Alive. You can view the photos from the
Tampa by clicking on the .PDF attachment HERE
THANK YOU LETTER FROM NYPD DEA PRESIDENT PAUL DI GIACOMO
||We received the following letter from NYPD DEA President Paul
DiGiacomo, thanking us for honoring him at our Christmas &
Holiday party in December.
If you don;t know Paul, his
father, Paul Sr., was a Transit Police Officer who worked in
District 34 for many years. I grew up with his dad in Brooklyn and
worked with him in 34 for many years.
I also remember when Paul
Jr. was a Housing Police Officer working in Coney Island back in the
'80s. He has always been very helpful to members of this association
and department for many years.
PHOTOS FROM THE 2021 CHRISTMAS PARTY
||You can view the photos taken at the Christmas & Holiday
PHOTOS FROM THE NY REUNION
We want to thank Lou Hollander for putting all the photos he
and I took at the NY Reunion into a format that anyone can view.
It saves a lot of time not having to save each photo then having
to upload them to the server. Lou did it in PowerPoint then saved
it as a PDF file. They can be viewed HERE
OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thanks to our Recording Secretary Bob Forrester and
his lovely wife, Fran, for this report
called to order at 1:15 pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to
Treasurer Tony Lomanto updated information on the
fellow retirees who passed away since the last meeting. A moment
of silence was held for them and for family members who passed and
for those on the Sick List, icluding our Sgt-at-Arms, Tom Greer
who is home recuperating from recent surgery, along with our
Armed Forces and fellow Police Officers serving in harm's
President Mike Lanning said the NY Reunion will be
held at Antun's on November 16th. from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
Price is $65.00 in advance by check to Paul Murphy, or $75.00 at
the door. Details can be found on the Meetings and
Treasurer Tony Lomanto advised the members that the
Money Market Account will be closed and the funds transferred to
the checking account. This was done as our annnual income has
dropped as more members become Lifetime Members and regular annual
dues stop. With ever increasing printing, mailing, and meeting
costs, the asociation can only exist with the dues or
The cost for each edition of the newsletter alone is
about $5,000.00. Next high cost is the membership cards and
mailings. Donations are always welcome and appreciated, but
please indicate if you want a coin sent as our thanks.
The Retiree Association Christmas and Holiday Party
will be at Antun's on Dec. 16th at 1:00 pm. The March
Meeting will be at Antuns and the May meeting is planned for
Verdis. Other meeting locations and dates will be determined and
the members will be notified far in advance. At this time, there
will be no more meetings at the FOP Building as it is being closed
for renovations. The Board has decided to hold luncheon meetings
as more members are finding it difficlut to drive at night.
The next issue of "Beyond the
Line" is now at the printer's and will
be at the mailer on Tuesday the 12th, to be mailed out. Please
keep in mind with the current postal slowdown on deliveries, and
since the issues are not first-class, that makes it for even
longer delivery times.
Executive Secretary Deo
Fasolino mentioned that he sees many retired Transit Police
Officers writing on Facebook and ending with "Transit Police
Forever" and suggested they be contacted and asked to join the
Tony Lomanto discussed the new City Health Plan and
answered many questions from the members. Her mentioned the PBA,
at a recent LI Shields meeting with Pat Lynch and a member of the
Members Benefits department, felt the City plan was favorable over
keeping the current Senior Care plan. The City plan offers the
same coverage while the Senior Care will have both a monthly
premium and will start to have co-pays with no maximum
amount. It looks like the City Plan is favored but we
caution members to make their own decison based on
The drug plan was also discussed and it is advised
you do not take out the drug rider unless necessary, as a
drug plan is available through the line organizations.
We then gave a round of applause to our Financial
Secretary, Greg Stripp, who does a grand job at the door.
After a delicious lunch, the meeting was adjourned at
OF THE SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
||The first membership meeting of 2021 took place on September 8th
at Verdi's Caterers in Westbury NY. It was well attended with over
90 members present.
President Mike Lanning called the meeting to order at
1:05 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto thanked everyone for attending
the meeting. He advised since our last meeting that sadly we
lost 146 members, both to COVID and other health reasons. The
a moment of silence.
Guest speaker, Kim Parker, from the NYC Office of
Labor Relations, spoke about the new health program called the NYC
Medicare Advantage Plus Plan starting on January 1, 2022. It
is a customized plan from the City of New York and also a National
Plan that members can take with them. It has the same Medicare
Ms. Parker gave a very detailed overview of the plan
and answered many questions from the members.
We should soon be receiving a booklet with enrollment
guide and a detailed summary of the Plan. Ms. Parker
also suggested that we could call 1-833-325-1190 for additional
Members enjoyed a delicious lunch after the meeting.
Meeting ended at 3;05 pm,
2021 STREET RE-NAMING
CEREMONY FOR THE LATE DEP. CHIEF VINCENT DeMARINO
Rini, Fred Ametrano, Ron DiMaio, Charles
McCray Ron Kearney, Rabbi
Berkowitz, Tony Lomanto
Mark Lipra, Ron Kearney, Bob Betz
Bob Ganley (c) next to Mrs. DeMarino
TRANSIT ROCKS AGAIN !!
From Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobby Ganley and Neil Delargy went to the Transit
Police Academy together in 1982 and worked together in TPF, District
4. Bobby tells me Neil was a great guy and left for Nassau PD
in ’86 or ’87. This photo was taken at Neil’s “walkout”.
He left as Chief of Detectives. “Congratulations and lots of luck,
Way to go for both of these guys! All the best in
your retirement, Neil.
FOR ID CARD RENEWALS FOR OUT OF STATE AND NY AREA TRANSIT
Our many thanks to PO Bazile (who has since retired) for
sending us this information on renewing your Transit ID card
that is expired or nearing expiration.
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
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
UPDATE At this
time, renewals will also be accepted from members living in NY.
Please follow the guidelines above.
Be well and
keep collecting those retirement checks.
Pena and Willie Miranda or TBHQPersonnel@nypd.org
New York City Police Department
Transit Bureau Personnel
130 Livingston Street, 3rd Floor
VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR PTL. MICHAEL MELCHIONA MEMORIAL MASS
Henry Melchiona contacted us to inform all our members and fellow
officers that a professional video was made of the 50th Anniversary
Memorial Mass for Hank's brother, Ptl. Michael Melchiona, celebrated
this past February 28th.
The video is of excellent quality. Lou Hollander converted it to
a YouTube Video which can be viewed on your Smart TV if you have the
YouTube app. If you view it on your PC or tablet you can view it in
full screen. I hope you enjoyed watching the video as much as
Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIaGFK3T78s
or paste link into your web browser. It is a very moving and
heartwarming video. - Tony
are some photos from the Mass:
John Moakley & Henry
Tony Lomanto, Henry Melchiona & Mike Lanning
?, Henry Melchiona, NYPD Comm. Shea, Henry's
Melchiona family & friends gather at end of
Lomanto doing a Reading during the
Comm. Shea speaking to the congregation
Hank and fellow
officers & retirees at the luncheon with a photo of the K9 dog
named "Mel" after Mike
TAX SAVINGS FOR FORMER MILITARY MEMBERS LIVING IN NEW
For all those fellow Transit officers who live in NJ and were in
the military, a new law went into effect in 2020.
Under a new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy, the Veteran
Income Tax Exemption is doubling to $6,000 for Tax Year 2019. This
exemption is in addition to the $1,000 personal exemption to which
each taxpayer is entitled, and any additional exemption for which
the veteran is eligible. For Tax Years 2017 and 2018, the exemption
amount was $3,000.
Their website is
STREET NAMING IN MEMORY OF PTL. MICHAEL
From Lou Hollander, Sal Napolitano & Tony
The Memorial Ceremony for Ptl. Mike Melchiona was a well attended
event with Ret. P.O. Henry Melchiona and his family, NYPD Chief of
the Department Terence Monahan, Admin. Chief Bob Ganley, TA
President Andy Byford, District 1 CO Capt. O'Sullivan, former
Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, PBA President Pat Lynch, a contingent
of Officers from Suffolk County PD, and other NYPD uniformed ranks
and the NYPD COlor Guard and Band contingents.
From Sal Napolitano::
Today was the long overdue
recognition for Mike Melchiona who was killed in the line of duty on
the 50th St & Broadway IRT subway station on February 28,
1970. A brass plaque will be mounted on that station in Mike's
I was speaking with Mike’s brother, Henry, this
evening who told me that he and his family were overwhelmed by this
tribute and the number of retirees, active police officers, Chiefs,
former Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, and other ranking officers, PBA
Pat Lynch, Deputy Commissioner Bob Ganley, and the MTA President
were in attendance. Also, in attendance were Pipes & Drums. K-9
Units and police officers from various police departments from the
NY & NJ area. There were many Suffolk County Police officers
including Henry’s son and nephew who are both detectives with the
SCPD. After the dedication the PBA provided a luncheon in
District 1 for all the attendees and guests. This was a very proud
moment for the entire Melchiona family.