October 16, 2019 MEDICARE IRMAA MONIES TO BE DEPOSITED
Thanks to Alan Berkowitz firstname.lastname@example.org for forwarding this good news.
The IRMAA monies due to retirees who paid more in monthly Medicare deductions last year will receive the extra amounts (IRMAA) on October 18th so make sure you check your bank records.
October 7, 2019 REPORT OF OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our thanks to Recording secretary Bob Forrester and his able assistant (and wife) Fran for this report.
Minutes of NYCRTPOA Meeting on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Meeting called to order at 7:25 PM
President Lanning led the Pledge of Allegiance and thanked 1st VP Bob Valentino for setting up the buffet dinner catered by Verdi's of Westbury..
Treasurer Tony Lomanto reported that we lost six fellow Transit Police officers since our last meeting. A moment of silence was held for them, their families, those on the Sick List, and for our Armed Forces serving in harm’s way.
Nominations were held for the Executive Board Officers for the next 2 years.All current Board Members were nominated with the exception of the Executive Secretary position.Deo Fasolino was nominated for that spot as John Giangrasso will be stepping down.We thank John for his services during his term in office. Nominations will again be held at the November meeting.
Tony Lomanto gave the Association’s financial report. The Association is in good financial standing. There are still 18 members who have not sent in their dues for 2019 and will be removed from the membership roster. We regret having to do this as numerous communications sent have been unanswered. We reminded the membership of the upcoming Christmas and Holiday Party at Antuns on December 4th. The charge remains at $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
A motion was made and seconded that the Association will send $200 to Daniel Pantaleo who was recently fired by the NYPD.
1st VP Bob Valentino reported that Joe McGarry will be honored for his service in Viet Nam on Saturday, October 19th at the Levittown Town Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway at 11:30 AM. Member Mike Melchiona presented Joe a special lamp decorated with the Marine Corp emblem at the meeting.
Bob also mentioned that member Emil Stucchio will be performing at Delmonico’s Restaurant in Levittown on Friday, October 25th.Dinner at 7:00 PM, and the show will start at 8:00 PM.Price - $60.00 pp.
Legislative Director Tony Piazza gave a report on the status of the 2 bills currently in Albany.Bill #5835 and the COLA Bill.The VSF Bill comes up again on October 24th Nothing new, but we’re keeping it on the table.
Joe McGarry reported that Lodge 317 will be conducting a Driver Training Course on Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 AM. The cost is $45 and you will receive a reduction in the cost of your auto insurance premium after completetion and receipt of certificate. You must call Joe first if you wish to attend. His number is 516-314-0155
Old Business – none.
New Business – none.
The next meeting is Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
October 1, 2019 ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ROMEO & JULIET LUNCHEON
Vinnie Servedio accomplished another successful ROMEO & JULIET luncheon last week at Stella's Restuarant in Floral Park. Many of those attending have been at all the past luncheons and this time, a few new ones, notably Vinnie's son and his wife. One of Vinnie's contest was using a hula hoop. Needless to say, not many participated in fear of possibly needing a knee or hip replacement. His roulette wheel went off well with scratch off ticket prizes being rewarded. Here a some photos taken that day.
September 30, 2019 INVITE TO NYPD K-9 GRADUATION CEREMONY
We received the following invite from Associate Member NYPD Sgt. Stephen Dinko, son of Lifetime Member Ret. PO Steve Dinko:
Please be advised that the Transit Bureau Canine Graduation Ceremony will be held on October 29th at 1100 hour in the Assembly at the College point Police Academy.
The following NYC Transit Police Fallen Heroes will be honored:
Det George Caccavale PO Seraphin Calabrese PTL Michael Melchiona PO Robert Venible SGT. Matthew Stanish
If any of the NYC Retired Transit Police Officers Membership or friends of the membership would like to attend this special event, please have them RSVP to myself at Stephen.email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is the e invite that they can bring the day of the ceremony. If you have any questions, feel free to call me anytime.
Stephen C. Dinko Sergeant Transit Bureau Canine Unit 32-19 Northern Blvd. L.I.C., NY 11101 N.Y.C. Police Anchor Club President Work Cell - (929) 294-5246 Personal Cell - (570) 878-9462
September 30, 2019 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
From Lou Hollander & Frank Crisa
Frank Crisa, editor of the Retiree’s newsletter “Beyond the Line” and at the request of the family of the late Ret. PO Jonathan Miller, who passed 2/3/2018. The family is trying to ascertain the districts or units Jonathan worked in during his career with the Transit Police Dept. He was appointed 2/15/1966. If you had worked with Jonathan at any time could you contact Frank at email@example.com and inform him of the command and years you worked with him. Thank you
September 22, 2019 NEW LOCATION FOR OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS
The Office of Labor Relations (and Health Benefits) has moved to a new location. All the available information can be seen on our KEEPING IN TOUCH page.
September 7, 2019 PENSION COLA INCREASE
Thanks to Alan Berkowitz for forwarding this joyous news.
Starting with the September pension check received in October, those eligible for the COLA payment will receive and additional $15 a month so adjust your budget plans accordingly.
September 7, 2019 REPORT OF THE SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Minutes of the Retirees Association Meeting – September 4, 2019
Meeting at the FOP building was called to order by President Mike Lanning at 7:10 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members and victims of tragedies. Tony Lomanto reported that we lost 20 members since our last meeting and listed all the names. Our Chaplain’s mother passed away. The Association sent an Association Memorial Booklet.
A fund is being established to help retired Capt. Vincent DeMarino and his family through this hard time as he is suffering from a brain tumor. A fundraiser is planned on September 14th from 3:30-6:30 PM at:
Craft Kitchen & Taphouse 44 Stauderman Ave. Lynbrook, NY 516-341-0547
Treasurer Tony Lomanto gave a report on the financials. The association is doing well, especially from the many donations from our members. He also reported that we have two new members who recently joined. He also mentioned that the nominations for board officers will take place at the October and November meetings so if anyone is interested in running, please attend.
Executive Secretary John Giangrasso spoke about a fund started for Officer Pantaleo by retired NYPD PO Carl Varela and a group called "TOP COPS." Varela is an attorney who represents PBA members. It is called "ESQUIRE." The suggested donation is $10.13 and if you wish to donate, you can make out the check to ESQUIRE and mail it to:
ESQUIRE PO Box 230186 Brooklyn NY 11223
Joe McGarry talked about the upcoming Pig Roast and Cigar Night to be held on September 14th, 2019 at the FOP Building. There will be pork, beef, salads, etc. and also cigars. The cost is $110.00 per person.
The New York Reunion will again be held at Antun’s in Queens Village on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Advance payment is $60.00 and $70.00 cash at the door.
Vinnie Servedio announced that the Romeo and Juliet Luncheon will be held at Stella’s Restaurant on Wednesday, September 25th at 12:30 pm. There will be food, games, prizes and a great time.
Tony Piazza gave an update on the VSF bill and added “We’re not giving up.” There are only about 400 members left to benefit from this bill. He added that there are two important new bills: Military Vets Supplement and a COLA Bill.
Tom Greer reported that 180 members attended the Mets/Yankees Game this year. A great time was had by all. The next game will be either July 28 or 29, 2020.
There was no old business.
New Business - A Mass is being planned at St. Sebastian’s Church in Woodside on February 28, 2020 to mark the 50th Anniversary of Patrolman Melchiona’s death. Further details will be posted when they are finalized.
President Lanning spoke about the letter from the Association reflecting our stand on the recent firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo by Commissioner O'Neill. Copies of that letter were placed on the tables.
The meeting ended at 8:15 PM following the 50/50 raffle drawing.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at the FOP Building. We will have a buffet and there will be a food charge of $10 per person to help defray the cost.
Bob Forrester, Recording secretary (with able assistance from his wife, Fran)
September 5, 2019 10-13 FUNDRAISER FOR RET. CAPT. VINCENT DEMARINO
There is a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept 14th at Craft Kitchen & Tap House, 44 Stauderman Ave, Lynbrook, NY 11563 for Vinny Demarino, former CO of Dist. 1 who has a brain tumor and is not doing well. There will be a $40 Open Bar & appetizers. Vinny will be at the event from 3:30 to 430. It would be nice if the Transit Family could be there to help and give him some support. If you can make it, please bring your check book Vinny has been fighting this cancer since last Thanksgiving. Checks should be made out to National Brain Tumor Society 55 Chapel St Suite 200 Newton MA 02458
August 27, 2019 ASSOCIATION'S RESPONSE TO PANTALEO FIRING
Below is the Association's response to the recent firing of Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo
August 21, 2019 DISTURBING NEWS ON THE FIRING OF OFFICER PANTALEO
It has to go down as one of the saddest days in the history of the NY Police Department with the firing of Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Public opinion, the Mayor, and the news media convicted Daniel as soon as the incident happened and that rhetoric continued to the day he was fired. Here was an officer doing his job...an officer with 13 years, 300 arrests and numerous commendations. Was it fair? We think not. Was it fueled by the threat of public disturbances by apparently cop hating individuals and the lack of support from above? We feel it was.
One of our members, Lifetime Member and former Transit PBA President Bill McKechnie, wrote about this disaster and is reproduced here.
I am sitting here reading everything I can get my hands on concerning the termination of PO Pantaleo, as well as watching everything I can on TV and social media, and I am sick. I am so angry that perhaps I should wait to calm down before writing this. However, I feel I know the issue and I am so outraged I want to speak out. First, let me address my brothers and sisters of the former NYC Transit Police Department.
When James O'Neill was appointed Commissioner of the NYPD, the first member of our department to achieve ever such appointment, I was proud, and I wrote the Commissioner saying so. I wanted so much for him to succeed so we could show the talent that we knew existed in our Department. I knew he was going to have a difficult time working for a mayor who is so far to the left, but I hoped he would be able to separate himself from that and lead the NYPD to bigger and better things. Today's events have proven me dead wrong and as I write this, I am truly saddened as to what I have just seen and heard.. What a disappointment! This so-called Commissioner is nothing more than a puppet for a left-wing Mayor. I say this because while he and the mayor say it was solely the commissioner's decision, I ask you to consider what the mayor has been saying on the Presidential campaign stump, "I promise you the Garner family will get justice." What does that statement mean? What message did it deliver to O'Neill? The Garner family already settled a 5.9 Million-dollar lawsuit, so the only justice left was the termination of PO Pantaleo. Under the Law, the only one who could legally deliver on this pledge was not the mayor but Commissioner O'Neill. So, I ask, you how can the mayor have been so confident that the so called "justice" for the Garner family, the termination of PO Pantaleo, be acted upon?
We in Transit lived through a somewhat similar experience in the Michael Stewart case in 1983, coincidentally the first year that O'Neill was on the job. For those who don't know this case, it was a case where an individual was arrested and who it took six cops to take under control, later died. We had six members in our Department indicted not once but twice. Eventually they were acquitted by a jury of their peers. However, that didn't satisfy Mayor Koch and he got the TA to hire a retired Federal Judge to review the case and, in an effort to make an administrative decision. fire the arresting officer.
Considering why he was hired, the decision this judge would reach was an obvious one. The police officer was wrong and should be terminated. What they failed to realize that, as opposed to the NYPD where they can take forever to make an administrative decision to terminate someone, our agency, by law, only had eighteen months to do so. Therefore, we challenged the decision of the judge and won. The Police officer was reinstated and we, the TPBA, sued the TA for over $400,000 to cover our cost in defending our members. More importantly, Chief Jim Meehan , Chief of the Dept. at the time, was directed to fire the PO refused and rather than doing so he resigned. Jim Meehan and I did not see eye to eye too often, but after that he gained my respect and, most importantly, he was able to look himself in the mirror after making his decision. Something I question if Commissioner O'Neill will be able to do.
The mayor in his press conference tonight kept saying that the decision to fire Pantaleo was based on an open, fair, and impartial hearing before a departmental tribunal. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. He also condemned the Feds for failing to move forward on the case saying that the City would no longer wait for the Feds to make a decision delaying the City from taking action. Yeah sure! Wait for that to happen because if and when it does, much of what is used in a Departmental trial would not be able to be used by the Feds should they want to proceed. Secondly, he never mentioned in his public address that the Richmond County Prosecutor presented this case to a Grand Jury. Was that not a fair and impartial presentation of the fact presented to citizens of Staten Island? They found no reason to proceed. Now don't get me wrong; the DA is presenting evidence to see if he can bring a case that can prove something beyond a reasonable doubt, a departmental hearing only has to prove something by a preponderance of evidence. That, notwithstanding, was there a presentation of the fact to a fair and impartial group? I think not. The mayor must have just forgotten that, or maybe it did not fit his agenda to mention it.
I might add neither the Feds nor the Staten Island DA were mentioned by the Police Commissioner. When talking about the Trial Board case that led to the recommendation of termination, let's not forget that there were Departmental experts who testified that in their opinion Pantaleo did not use a prohibited choke hold. There was also medical evidence to contradict that a choke hold caused Eric Garner's death. But let’s face it, they had a message from the mayor implicitly, if not explicitly, to find justification to fire this cop. Something else that I found rather ironic was that the trial board’s recommendation went first to First Deputy Tucker who was to review and make a recommendation to the Commissioner. His recommendation was termination. Now a lot of people say what the hell were cops out there bothering someone selling "Loosies?" Well unless I am mistaken, the order to go out and stop the selling of "Loosies" came from the First Dep's office. Lastly, let’s remember that Pantaleo was not acting alone. No charges have been brought against any other officers and I hope they never are, although I have read that the Garner family will not be happy until all those involved are terminated, so be prepared for page two of this bizarre story. Also, there were EMT's on the scene, of whom I have read, did not immediately administer first aide. Don't get me wrong... I am not looking to point a finger at anybody else, but what I am saying is there are a bunch of factors that I believe should mitigate for Pantaleo. Finally, in watching the Commissioner's press conference where at the end he says, "I realize cops will be angry. If I were a cop I would be angry." I don't know what the hell a statement like that means, but I will say this, if you think you are right, you don't apologize. The bottom-line commissioner... you never were a COP!
August 7, 2019 SEND YOUR PROTEST FOR ANTHONY BOTTOMS PAROLE HEARING
Below is an email Diane Piagentini, wife of NYPD Ptl Joseph Piagentini, sent to Timmy Motto firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Timmy, I just posted this on Facebook. Please share with everyone for me that may not be on Facebook.Anthony Bottom comes up for parole in September and we need lots of opposition to his release and to deny parole . Thank you, Diane
KEEP 3X COP KILLER ANTHONY BOTTOM 77A4283 IN JAIL FOR LIFE FOR THE ASSASSINATION AND KILLING OF MY HUSBAND PTL. JOSEPH PIAGENTINI AND HIS PARTNER PTL. WAVERLY JONES. MAY 21,1971
This September, Bottom comes up for parole, and this month of August, my family and I will be before the parole board commissioner to give a VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT. We will be reliving every moment of the day that Joe did not return home from work as a New York City Patrolman. He walked the beat in Harlem and was shot multiple times in the back, pleading with Anthony Bottom to let him return home to his wife and children. He and Waverly had just answered a call for help.
Anthony Bottom should never walk the streets again and I am asking you to go to www.NYCPBA.org and scroll down to Keep Cop Killers behind bars forever and follow the directions, also because of what happened with the parole board taking down this site. In a letter from the corrections department I quote: "Community opposition to release of an inmate should be submitted at www.doccs.ny.gov/letters.html Please make your feelings known and write a letter directly to the parole board using his name and number Anthony Bottom 77A4283
Thank you, Diane Piagentini, wife of Ptl. Joseph Piagentini killed in the line of duty May 21, 1971
June 10, 2019 REPORT OF JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
President Mike Lanning opened the meeting at 7:10 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto gave the Memoriam. We lost 4 fellow police officers since the last meeting. There was a moment of silence for prayers for the sick members, police who have been injured or killed on duty and for our Armed Services serving in harm's way. . There was a mention of this year being the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and how we are losing about 300 WW II Veterans each day.
Mike talked about Medicare Part B reimbursement and distributed forms to those who needed them. See the April 17th entry below for further explanation.
Feedback from the May 1st luncheon meeting at Verdi's was very positive.The possibility of having luncheon meetings in the future was discussed. Some of the meetings would possibly be held on a Sunday at the FOP building. By a show of hands it looked like the members would be open to that day.
Bob Valentino talked about the June 14th Bowling League Dinner Dance at Verdi's. At this time there are 230 people coming. He spoke highly of the musical group that will be performing.
Tony Piazza gave an update on his work regarding the VSF bill. It all comes down to dealing with the Democrats this time. No bill has yet to be introduced and it is coming close to the Legislature recess.
Joe McGarry talked about the FOP Convention in New Orleans in August and if anyone wishes to go as a delagte. There is a problem with room availabilty as the State had to givew up many rooms due to a small number of delegates going. The Lodge has a newly designed shirt available with the shileds of those killed in the line of duty and will include that of Bill Martin.
Tony gave a financial report of the Association and reported at this time we have 1,080 members of which 696 are Lifetime members. Dues have dropped and expenses are up. Postage is more expensive and the cost of the Newsletter runs about $5,000.00 per issue. Our Editor, Frank Crisa, who puts the Newsletter together is in the hospital ICU. He has an infection following surgery. He offered thanks to all the members who prayed for him and sent good wishes. In an update, Frank is now back home and recovering.
The meeting concluded at 8:40 PM and the next meeting will be in September 4th at the FOP Bldg.
Respectfully submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Forrester with assistance from his wife, Fran.
May 8, 2019 BENEFICIAL INFORMATION FOR OUR MEMBERS
Our Chaplain, Rev. Dr. John Rocco Carlo email@example.com , and Ret. Lt. Charles McCrea firstname.lastname@example.org sent us information that may be valuable to our members and their families. John is also the Chaplain for the Verrazano 10-13 Club (Ret. Det. Richie Commesso - President)
From the VZ 10-13 Club, information on Senior Discounts, locations where you can and cannot carry, notifications upon death of retired MOF, and others can be read HERE
From Charles McCrae, information regarding health care issues and dates available for the month of May. There are various dates for different examinations and seminars. It is a very useful piece of information. That calendar can be read HERE
May 5, 2019 REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The first ever luncheon Association meeting was a tremendous success with many members who normally couldn't make the evening meetings because of driving at night probems, made this meeting.
Our thanks to Recording Secretary Bob Forrester for submitting the following report (with help from his lovely wife and Associate Member, Fran.)
Minutes of Meeting held at Verdi’s on May 1, 2019
President Mike Lanning called the meeting to order at 1:50 pm.
Pledge of Allegiance by the assembly immediately followed.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto read the names of the departed since the last meeting, and asked for prayers for the sick members and family members and also all the police who are suffering and for our armed forces serving in harm’s way.
Mike thanked First Vice President Bob Valentino for all he did to secure the venue for our luncheon meeting at Verdi’s and for the upcoming Bowling Dinner-Dance on Friday, June 14, 2019 also at Verdi’s.Tickets will be available at a cost of $100.00 per couple. In 2020 two of the luncheon meetings will be held at Verdi’s.
Tony Lomanto gave a report on the balances in the Checking and Money Market Accounts and also thanked an anonymous member who donated $550.00 at the meeting.
Mike and Tony spoke of the recent Medicare Part 'B' reimbursement that was recently received. Because the City did not reimburse the full 2018 amount of $134 a month ($1608) to the retiree and eligible dependent for a total of $3216, certain forms had to be submitted to get the difference. Please read the article below posted on April 17th.
Information was received from Bob Ganley that the ID machine for Transit Police retirees is now working.You can e-mail or call for an appointment to get a new card. Check the information posted below on May 1st about the ID card machine up and running. You must make an appointment first. At this time, there is a backlog of around 100 applications, so please be patient with Officer Bazile.
Tony Piazza gave an update report on the VSF bill. It basically comes down to dealing with the Democratic side in Albany.
February 28, 2020 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of P.O. Michael Melchione.There will be a mass at St. Sebastian Church in Woodside where his funeral took place. More information will be posted as the date nears.
Tommy Greer did a great job with the Mets Tickets and we thank him for all his work.He has just one ticket left after selling 180 tickets. He also has available pins, shirts and even tie clips with the Association logo.
Pete Laddomada, representative from BJ’s, presented the Association with a Basket of Cheer and informed us that the special discount membership offer of $25 for Association members has been extended to August 31st. Contact Tony at email@example.com for the form.
Our next meeting will be on June 5th at the FOP Building in Hicksville.
Bob Forrester, Recording secretary
We have received several emails from members who attended this luncheon, thankiing us for setting up this type of meeting and commenting on the great food served.
May 1, 2019 TRANSIT ID CARD MACHINE UP AND RUNNING
We want to thank Bob Ganley for all his hard work in getting the ID card machine back in operation. Here are the necessary instructions for re-newing your Transit ID card.
For New York City Transit Police Department retirees who would like to renew their retiree identification card, please adhere to the following:
1. NYC Transit Police Department retirees should contact the NYPD’s Transit Bureau Personnel Unit by telephone at: 718-694-3060 to set up an appointment to renew their ID card. Retirees will be asked to provide a copy of their driver’s license and current retiree identification card. Copies may be sent by e-mail to Georges.Bazile@nypd.org by fax to 718-694-5809 or via US mail to NYPD Transit Bureau Personnel, 130 Livingston Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11201. An application (completed by the Personnel Unit) will be created with the retirees name, address and phone number and other pertinent information.
2. Once a background check is completed, a member of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau Personnel Unit will contact the retiree to set up an appointment for the retiree to come in, update their photo and receive a new identification card.
The unit is about 100+ cards behind, so please be patient with them.
May 1, 2019 MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS IMPORTANT DATE
We received this information from NYPD:
February 28, 2020 will mark the 50th Anniversary of PO Michael Melchiona’s death.
The mass will be held at St. Sebastian’s in Woodside, which, as you know, was the church where Mike’s funeral was held. Mass will be at either 10:45 or 11:00.
Please mark it on your calendar and get the word out. It will be here before you know it.
50 years...Unbelievable !!!
April 17, 2019 ATTEMPT AT MEDICARE PART 'B' REIMBURSEMENT CONFUSION
We also want to thank Alan Berkowitz and Lou Hollander for what they have been doing to clear up this confusion.
We've been receiving a number of phone calls and emails regarding the proper form to complete and send in to NYC Health Benefits for those who did not receive the full amount of their Social Security Medicare Part 'B' withholding. We hope this will clarify the issue.
What the City did was to reimburse eligible retirees and dependents the Part 'B' premium of 2017 which was $109 per month.
The basic amount of Part 'B' premiums for 2018 was $134 monthly. This should show on the Social Security letter you received in November or December of 2017. If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for 2016 was between $85,000 and $107,000 for single then you were being charged the monthly IRMAA premium.of $53.50. Rates increased depending on your MAGI. For married filing jointly with their MAGI between $170,000,01 and $214,000, the monthly premium was $53.50. Again, rates went up according to your MAGI.
For those retirees who paid the IRMAA premium in addition to the basic monthly premium of $134 (also shown on both the SS letter received in late 2017 and on the SSA-1099 for 2018, then you should fill out the 2018 Medicare Part B IRMAA Reimbursement Form; https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/olr/downloads/pdf/health/irmaa-form-2016-2018.pdf. You can also submit for 2016 & 2017 if necessary.
Please submit the form, along with all required documents, to: NYC Health Benefits Program / Attn: IRMAA Unit / 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor / New York, NY 10006. Payments are expected some time in early 2020.
March 28, 2019 NY ROMEO & JULIET LUNCHEON
Vinnie Servedio did another great job putting together this ROMEO & JULIET luncheon held on March 20th at Stella's Restaurant in Floral Park, Long Island. There was a big turnout of around 36 persons. Here are a few photos taken at the affair.
March 15, 2019 MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING REPORT
Minutes of the March Membership Meeting by the new Recording Secretary Bob Forrester
The meeting was called to order by President Mike Lanning who led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance. Treasurer Tony Lomanto then read off the names of our fellow officers who passed away since the December meeting and asked for a moment of silence for them and their families, for those on the Sick List and for our fellow Police and Armed Forces serving in harm's way.
The meeting was put on hold and Mike introduced Ms. Danielle Becker, an attorney from the Ettinger Law Firm, which specializes in elder law, wills and trusts and emphasized the importance of items like a Power of Attorney. Ms. Becker gave a very interesting and informative discussion on the different types of trusts and wills and after her talk, she answered many questions from the members. If you are interested in this matter, please contact Ms. Becker at 1-800-500-2525 X124. The firm can be viewed at www.trustlaw.com We want to thank member John Kaim for recommending Ms. Becker to us as a guest speaker.
Our second speaker, Peter Laddomada, was from BJs Wholesale Club and gave a talk on membership savings for members of the Retirees Association. At this time, members can join or renew their current membership for only $25. Inner Circle and Perks Rewards are also offered at a discount. If you are interested, please call Peter at 718-637-7487 and mention you are a member. If you are a current BJ's member, you will need your membership number handy. Peter also donated a bottle of wine for the raffle.
1st VP Bob Valentino spoke of the May meeting luncheon to be held on May 1st at Verdi's Caterers. It will start at 1:30 PM and we look forward to a large attendance.
Tony Lomanto mentioned the NYS FOP Police Memorial Day will be Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 AM at the NYS FOP HQ in Hicksville. There will be over 70 names to be added to the wall and if you can, please attend and show the families of the officers they are not forgotten. The Retirees Association donated $200 to the FOP for the maintenance and expenses of the Wall.
2nd VP Vinny DiMaio spoke of the bill in Washington (HR1156 LEOSA Reform Act) to amend HR218 and allow changes in magazine capacity, and allowing carry in places like schools and Federal buildings and sites and other changes.
John Moakley spoke about the recent news that the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Parole Board had disconnected a computer link to their office where concerned family members would lodge their protest against the upcoming parole hearings for convicted cop killers. The link was established in 2012 and was used by many. Unbeknowst to the NYPD PBA, that link was disconnected in 2014 without any notice given. As a result, recent parole hearings that enabled cop killer to be set free never received the many protests. The PBA immediately sent a letter to the DOCSS chairwoman calling for the immediate reinstatement of the computer link. The link is now directed to the PBA office on their website http://www.nycpba.org and click on the "Cop Killers" tab.
Tom Greer told the membership that all 125 tickets originally purchased for the Mets-Yankees game on July 2nd had been sold out. He purchased another 25 and if you are interested, please contact him. See the March 13 entry just below.
Legislative Director Tony Piazza spoke of the ongoing battle for the VSF. Now that the Democrats are in control in Albany, we must ask for their support on any bills to be presented on our behalf.
The 50/50 raffle was held and prizes awarded. Our thanks to John Reeves for supplying many of the shirts and other items and we wish him well in his current medical matter.
The meeting was then adjourned.
IMPORTANT FLORIDA REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT
We have said that the hotel rooms for the reunion were going at a record pace. We were just notified on this past Friday, that all the rooms allocated to us for the reunion have been booked.
That being said, we don’t want anyone who wishes to attend the reunion to think that they have been shut out. As of Friday, the hotel has been advised to tell anyone calling for a reservation that they can be placed on a standby list. Historically, as we get closer to the reunion, we have people who for whatever reason cancel their reservation. If for any reason you must cancel a confirmed reservation, please do not call the hotel. Notify the committee so we can make sure we do not lose this room. We will be carefully monitoring the stand-by list and this is the only way we can be sure that the room goes to our people.
In addition, we have a plan B, if you will. The hotel has two sections .The section we reserved is the North Tower. These are the prime rooms. The hotel also has room, in what they call, the South Tower. These rooms have everything that’s in the North tower i.e., refrigerator, microwave, etc., but may not be as nicely furnished as the North Tower rooms. We have negotiated with the hotel to rent these rooms at a $15 per night reduction in price.
So, your options are as follows;
1. You may call for a reservation and specify that you wish to go on the stand-by- list for a North Tower room only.
2. You may make a reservation in the South Tower and request that your name go on the stand-by list, should there be an opening in the North Tower. After this, if a room were to become available in the North Tower and you are next on the stand-by list, you may opt to change your reservation to that North Tower room. When making your reservation for the South Tower, you must advise the person taking the reservation that you want your name to remain on the standby list for a room in the North tower.
3. And finally, if the idea of the South Tower does not make a big difference to you, go ahead and book your room in the South Tower and enjoy the savings.
Above is the picture of Richie "D" exiting prison after serving 20 years on a politically motivated wrongful conviction. Many people in this group have expressed an interest in helping Richie successfully transition back into the outside world. Let's help our Transit Brother get back on his feet again. This could have been anyone whoever wore a shield and rode NB/SB. If you would like to help Richie, please make out a check to Richard DiGuglielmo and mail it to:
Richard DiGuglielmo P.O. Box 1270 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
100% of all funds collected will go to helping Rich
P.O. Box 1270 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
100% of all funds collected will go to helping Richard
November 16, 2018 ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NEW YORK REUNION
Through the tireless work of Marilyn Scahill and Paul Murphy, another NY Reunion was an outstanding success and we congratulate them. Here are a few photos taken at the affair:
November 9, 2018 REPORT OF NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
From Recording Secretary Bob Forrester:
The first meeting since Ed Russo's passing was ably conducted by our new President, Mike Lanning. The meeting was called to order and Mike led the pledge of Allegiance. Tony Lomanto read the names of those who passed away since our last meeting in October and reported that since January 1st of this year, 56 fellow officers that we know of, passed away. There was a moment of silence for them, their families, those on the Sick List and all those in Law Enforcement and our Armed Forces serving in harm's way.
The floral display is the one from Ed Russo's wake
We had a guest speaker, Bob Vessichelli from PSE&G, the utility service on Long Island, who gave a video and talk on the many possibilities that exist out there for scamming the public, and mostly senior citizens. Bob is a retired Suffolk County Detective and is in the security section of the utility company that handles the many phone scams their customers receive. Many members present have experienced the many phone call scams alleged to be from the IRS, Microsoft, solar panel companies, and even those alleging pleas for money from "grandchildren" supposedly in jail or other reasons asking for cash. These phone requests usually ask for the person to purchase some type of gift card at a local CVS or Walgreen's and have the monies transferred to a location specified by the scammers. The bottom line is to be aware and be alert to these phony calls.
Our guest speaker Photos courtesy of Associate Member Eric Wollman
Treasurer Tony Lomanto spoke of the scheduled meetings for 2019 that will appear in the next issue of "Beyond the Line." Please note that the May meeting which is usually held at Antuns because the NYS FOP has to ready the hall for the Anual Police Memorial, had to be changed. Antuns would not have a date available until mid May and considering it was too close to the June meeting, it was decided by the board that the May 2019 meeting will be held at Verdi's Caterers in Westbury, Long Island. As a change, that meeting will be a luncheon to start at 1:30 PM. By a show of hands at the meeting, many members do favor an afternoon luncheon rather than the normal evening meetings. As we get older (at least some of us :-) ) night vision is decreasing, making night driving more difficult and keeping many members home, rather than attending the meetings. Financially we are doing well but membership has dropped due to deaths and no new members joining, especialy those from the very last Transit PD class in the '90s. We don't want to see our "Transit Family" diminish due to lack of concern.
1st VP Bob Valentino spoke of having members who come to the meetings to try and get others to also attend, either by driving them or contacting them. He also mentioned that we will be bringing membership applications to the NY Reunion on the 13th to try and get more fellow officers to join. When a benefits question raised by member Steve O'Rourke was brought up about hospital stay charges with HIP and Medicare, Bob and Deo Fasolino stated that HIP is primary if covered by that plan and Medicare is primary with others.
Legislative Director Tony Piazza spoke of the election results from the previous day. The NYS Senate and House are now controlled by the Democrats and our strategy for getting the VSF has to be changed to now appealing to the ruling party for any passage of the bills. One of our staunch supporters, Sen. Marty Golden of Brooklyn and Chairman of the Civil Service and Pensions Committee, is still in a deadlock with his opponent. Final mail in ballots have not been completed and he is still holding out. We wish him well in the election.
Barbara Hassler, widow of the late 2nd VP Harry Hassler, read a story that Harry had written a few years ago. It has to do with the many passes of "The Heaven Bound Railroad" he had given out over the past several years. The article will appear in this next issue of our newsletter coming out soon.
Henry Melchiona thanked the Retirees Association and those who recently attended the memorial service for his brother Mike when a plaque was placed at the 50th Street station where Mike was killed in the line of duty.
Vinnie Servedio spoke of the next "ROMEO & JULIET" Valentine luncheon scheduled for a day in February, 2019. Details will be posted when they become final.
Tom Greer mentioned he is working on the Mets baseball game tickets for 2019 and this will be posted when finalized.
President Lanning spoke of the upcoming Christmas & Holiday Party on December 5th at Antuns. We welcome our members, families and friends. The cost remains the same this year - $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
The 50/50 raffle was held and we again thank John Reeves, for the many gifts has has given us.
The meeting was then adjourned.
October 24, 2018 REPORTING THE DEATH OF ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT EDDIE RUSSO
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Retirees Association President Edward "Edddie" Russo on Friday, October 19th. Full details are on the Obituary Page
The Association wishes to take this opportunity to thank our member, Ret. P.O. Tom Golden, as the funeral director at Gleason Funeral Home in Bayside NY, for the outstanding services rendered for the Edward Russo funeral. Tom was extremely helpful in obtaining the special flower arrangement for the Association. We also wish to thank all those who attended the wake and funeral services.
The Executive Board will now consist of the following officers: Mike Lanning as President; Bob Valentino as 1st VP; Ron DiMaio as 2nd VP; John Giangrasso as Executive Sec'ty; Bob Forrester as Recording Sec'ty' Greg Stripp as Financial Sec'ty; Tony Lomanto as Treasurer; and Frank Crisa as Editor.
Here are a few photos taken at the funeral:
NYPD Honor Guard Association Chaplain Msgr. Romano at the Funeral Mass
October 9, 2018 REPORT OF OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our thanks to Executive Secty Ron DiMaio for taking the minutes of this meeting.
MINUTES OF RETIREES MEETING 10/4/18 AT ANTUNS
• 7:40 PM Meeting called to order by 2nd Vice Pres. Bobby Valentino who led the Pledge of Allegiance. !st VP Mike Lanning and Treasurer Tony Lomanto were excused. Bob mentioned those members who passed away since our last meeting: Det. Sgt. Lou Cosentino, Chief John Pritchard, and others. There was a good turnout for the street naming for TPO Michael Melchiona. His brother Henry addressed the members present.
• Charlie Moran spoke about Richie DeGuglielmo being granted parole. He thanked our Association and other organizations for our support. Date of release is January 7, 2019.
• Ron DiMaio spoke about HR6105 that would amend the LEOSA (HR218) that would afford needed improvement as: 1. Being able to use high capacity magazines. 2. Being allowed to carry hand guns in schools. 3. Being allowed to carry on AMTRACK Trains. 4. Being allowed to carry in National Parks. 5. Standardized course of fire etc. He urged members to contact their Congressman to vote in favor of this bill.
• Bobby Valentino spoke about the Bowling League dinner dance and the fellowship that exists there.
• Tony Piazza spoke about the VSF and the lack of support from line organizations. Our bill failed this year with the excuse that we need a home rule message. This is not true as it was a collective bargaining agreement. A new bill will be brought out next year.
• Bobby Valentino mentioned that Tuesday, November 14th is the TP Reunion at Antuns, 4:00 to 8:00 PM, $60.00 per ticket.
• Tom Greer spoke about the Mets and Yankee Game on July 2, 2019. He had some pins, shirts and jackets for sale.
• 50/50 drawing was held. John Reeves donated many gifts that were raffled off.
• Next meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th at the FOP in Hicksville
• 8:40 PM the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Executive Secretary Vincent R. Di Maio
September 13, 2018 WORLD TRADE CENTER NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED
From the NYPD PBA and SBA
The deadline for submissions for the World Trade Center Notice of Participation has been extended until September 11, 2022. It was reported recently that the submission deadline was September 11, 2018, but that has changed. Although the new deadline is four years away, we urge all active, retired and vested members to submit their Notice of Participation as soon as possible. All relevant forms can be found on the NYPD Police Pension Fund website.
Please don’t delay in taking immediate action on this most serious matter.
September 11, 2018 STREET NAMING IN MEMORY OF PTL. MICHAEL MELCHIONA UPDATE
From Lou Hollander, Sal Napolitano & Tony Lomanto
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 memory.
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.
The Melchiona Family
September 11, 2018 REPORT OF SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
From 2nd VP & Recording secretary Bob Valentino
MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on Wednesday 09/05/2018
With President Ed Russo in the hospital for medical issues, 1st Vice President Mike Lanning called the meeting to order at 7:20pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Treasurer Tony Lomanto gave the membership an update regarding the illness of our President Ed Russo. Tony mentioned that Ed has multiple issues including a knee replacement and asked everyone to pray for Ed’s full recovery. Tony also named the members who recently passed away. The meeting was suspended for the refreshments being served.
Mike Lanning announced that President Ed Russo has appointed Recording Secretary Bob Valentino to 2nd Vice President of the association and asked if any members present would like to assume the office of Recording Secretary. There were no volunteers for that position. Bob will handle both positions for the time being.
Member Hank Melchiona spoke about his brother, Transit Police Officer Michael Melchiona, who was killed in the line of duty on February 28, 1970 and stated that the subway station at 50th Street and Broadway will be named in Michael’s honor. Hank asked for members to attend the dedication on Monday September 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Hank also mentioned the late great Pat Townsend and how Pat was always there for the family especially at Christmas time. Mike Lanning mentioned that the School Red Light Cameras are back on throughout the city so if anybody is going to the dedication to be aware of the cameras.
VSF Committee Chairman Tony Piazza, spoke about the VSF Bill indicating that it was dropped in Albany because of a home rule message but stated that member Floyd Holloway will assist him in submitting a new bill.
Our Association Surgeon, Gerald Ente (88 years young), advised the membership not to believe medical advice on social media. He mentioned that coffee (caffeine) in moderation is good for your heart. He also stated that lentil soup and lentils in general helps to prevent diabetes. He talked about the Measles epidemic in Europe and highly recommended that all children get vaccinated. .
Member Joe McGarry, speaking on behalf of the FOP, notified the membership of the Pig Roast and Cigar Day on Saturday September 8th at the Hicksville NYS FOP lodge.
The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Vice President Mike Lanning & Treasurer Tony Lomanto. There were five $20.00 cash prizes with 12 additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M.
Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
At the next meeting in October, if anyone is interested in the office of Recording Secretary, please announce your intention then.
June 7, 2018 REPORT OF JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
A thank you for taking the minutes goes to Exec. Secty Ron DiMaio
MINUTES OF RETIREE MEETING ?>6/6/18 AT FOP HQ
7:15 PM President Russo opened meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto read the names of those members who have died recently.
A break from the meeting was taken for the refreshments so ably done through the work of Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
A motion was passed to suspend the regular meeting for the induction of members into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Recording Secretary Bob Valentino ran the induction of three new members into the Sports Hall of Fame, with the assistance of Bob Ganley:
Ret. P.O. Jim Scott for Power Lifting, Arm Wrestling and Boxing
Ret. P.O. Bobby Nieves for Softball. Bobby was at the Florida Reunion and his award was accepted by Ret. Det. Tony Norcia
Ret. Lt. Marion Palermo-Lugo for Golf
Jim Scott and Mario Palermo-Lugo spoke to the members present and thanked the Association for their awards.
Tommy Greeris handling the tickets for the Mets-Yankee Game and is sold out. Our thanks go out to Tom for his hard work.
Our good friend Paul DiGiacomo, V.P. of the D.E.A. is recovering from a recent illness.
Dr. Ente, M.D., our Police Surgeon, spoke about a new inoculation shot for Shingles, which is 90%+ effective.The old shots were only 20% effective.The new one will soon be covered by insurance. The cost is about $250.00 for two shots which are spaced six months apart. Cancer is being caused by plastic that was burned at the WorldTradeCenter site on 9/11.Probiotics in yogurt, sour cream, Activia, etc. to put good bacteria into your body to build up immunity. He recommends that everyone should take probiotics on a regular basis.
Ed Russo reported that the FOP will run a nine day cruise in July 2019. The next two meetings are: September 6, at the FOP and October 4, at Antun’s.
Legislative Chairman Tony Piazza spoke about the two VSF Bills that we have in Albany. Please see Beyond the Line for information to write letters urging passage of these Bills. There are now less than the 457 retired Transit Police Officers reported in the 2017 actuarial report that would be entitled to the VSF.
50/50 drawing was held.We had four $50.00 cash prices and merchandise that was donated by Ret. Sgt. John Reeves.
9: the meeting was adjourned.
Vincent R. Di Maio
Here are a few photos taken at this event:
MC Bobby Valentino Bob Ganley and Jimmy Scott
Jimmy Scott receiving his Hall of Fame jacket
Bob Ganley & Tony Norcia accepting for Bobby Nieves
Bobby Valentino, Tony Norcia and Bob Ganley accepting jacket for Bobby Nieves
Bob Ganley & Mario Palermo-Lugo Bobby, Mario & Bob Ganley accepting his jacket
Group shot of current Sports Hall of Fame members at meeting
Our congratulations to the newest members of an elite group of athletes and a hearty thank you to Bobby Valentino and Bob Ganley for putting this memorable event together.
May 5, 2018 GREAT TURNOUT AT NYS FOP POLICE MEMORIAL DAY
It was a beautiful day to sadly remember the additional 74 names that were added to the NYS Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Wall today. Among the many names added, one of which dates back to the NYPD in 1869, was that of one of our own, Transit Police Officer William "Billy" Martin. Billy's name was added as a result of the untiring efforts of our 2nd VP, HarryHassler and with help from member Bob Ganley, who fought hard to get Bill classified as a Line Of Duty death. It also resulted in Bill being placed on the Memorial Wall of the NYPD at 1 Police Plaza last year.
Below are a few photos taken at the ceremony.
The Memorial Wall in front of the NYS FOP Headquarters Billy Martin's name on the Wall
Billy's daughter, Kathleen, and her husband after viewing the Wall 2nd VP Harry Hassler and his wife, Barbara
Ass't NYPD Commissioner Bob Ganley speaking at ceremony Member & FOP Executive VP Joe McGarry (note the patch)