LATEST UPDATE WITH NEW CITY HEALTH PLAN
From Marianne Pizzitola, President of the NYC
Organization of Public Service Retirees NYCorgOfPublicServiceRetirees@gmail.com
is the link to the YouTube chat of the
briefing we received from our attorney after today's attorney conference
with the Court. The video link to the hearing was dropped
due to the number of people trying to get in, as it made the system
unstable. Instead of crashing the system, they just blocked us
from it. We will work on that for the next one!
The short of it is, DO NOT OPT OUT of the
ADVANTAGE PLAN YET, unless you are in AETNA or another plan
that will not be open to you next year and you want to be in them.
The City is closing enrollment in these other plans as of November
30th. So in your case, you should opt out as we are not sure
if they will be available after November 30, as this case is moving
slowly. If you are on Senior Care (GHI/Emblem
Health) the attorney advises to wait, do not opt out
yet. We know many of you expressed you were opting out under
duress due to the misinformation by the City and Alliance plan.
The City and our legal team must submit documents to the
court by tomorrow and the Judge MAY, make a
new order by Monday. If he does not, the restraining order
stays... until we get back to a hearing and he changes his
So please relax. Do not be worried. The Court hears
your concerns and our legal team is on this issue. We will update
you next week.
TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST NYC HEALTH
From Alan Berkowitz email@example.com
fight aganst City Hall by a retiree group resulted in a Temporary
Restraining Order against the City, in effect, removing the October 31st
deadline for selecting a new health plan.
What comes next is the
City has to submit a plan for review by the Courrt, especially in areas
regarding pre-authorizations and physician participation in the plan.
The retiree group argued that many physicians were not made aware of
this plan and the issue of pre-authorizations was not made clear.
The court decision can be viewed here:
OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thanks to our
Recording Secretary Bob Forrester and his lovely wife, Fran, for this
Meeting was called to order at 1:15 pm followed by
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
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
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 Events page.
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 donations. 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
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
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 Society.
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
After a delicious lunch, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50
LATEST NEWS TO REPORT
I recently attended a
meeting of the LI Shields this past Thursday. Present
at that meeting was NYPD PBA President Pat Lynch
who gave a very nice talk about the current conditions Police Officers
face against the puiblic and how they should be respected for what they
do rather than abusing them or demanding they be de-funded.
followed was, to my surprise, a talk given by Paul Kelly of the PBA
Member Services department. There was no talk about the arbitration
issue started by the PBA, but rather their feelings about the City plan
and the plan most retirees come under, the Emblem Health Senior
Paul stated that the services under the City plan are
basically the same as the Senior Care plan except for a few extras in
the City plan, so why pay a monthly premium of almost $400 to get
what you can get for a $0 premium? Both plans will have the same co-pays
but the Senior Care plan will NOT have a maximum co-pay amount while the
City plan will max out at $1470 a year. Also keep in mind that if you
wish to be in the Aetna plan starting in 2022 ( $0 premium for NY, NJ
& PA) ($20 premium for other states offered by Aetna) you must take
advantage of the "Once in a Lifetime Exchange" to switch from your
current plan to Aetna and enroll for November and December and pay the
premium ($123 per person in 2021) , and submit the "Opt Out"
form for the City plan, and select Aetna to start in
2022. Unless this is done, you cannot switch over to Aetna in the
The forms and comparison charts can be viewed in the
September 6th posting below.
I still get many phone calls from
the members asking our opinion as to the new plan vs. the old one. All
we can say is make your choice based on the plan comparisons and if you
are willing to pay the monthly premium that will come out of your
pension check and remember....you must be enrolled in one of the City
sponsored plans to receive the annual Medicare Part 'B' reimbursement.
You can always change plans in the September & October switch over
period for the following year.
REPORT OF THE SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
membership meeting of 2021 took place on September 8th at Verdi's
Caterers in Westbury NY. It was well attended with over 90 members
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 members
observed 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,
The City of NY has entered into a 5 year contract with
the Federal Government to process claims for the retirees currently
The plan replaces the traditional Medicare and the
supplemental Senior Care Program (Emblem Health/GHI) with a single
program administered by an insurer approved by Medicare.
plan must follow Medicare rules and provide all benefits provided by
Medicare along with other benefits. All retirees will be moved into this
new plan unless they OPT OUT.
If you decide to stay with Senior Care,
you will now be charged a premium of $194.40 per person and you will be
paying co-pays. The City plan is '0' premium with co-pays.
Several members asked the question about
pre-authorizations for a particular test. As was explained by Ms Parker,
your doctor sends you for a test then submits the claim to
who then decides whether or not the test is required and either allows
or denies it. With this City plan, your doctor submits a
pre-authorization for a test and the City,
guidelines, will either allow or deny the test. It's all a matter of
authorizations before or after the fact.
NYC Health Benefits will mail all the information of this
new plan to you sometime during September. You have the opportunity to
either go with the new plan or submit the necessary form to OPT OUT.
LATEST NEWS UPDATES
I've been away on vacation
out West with friends visiting wonderful and beautiful parts of this
great country: Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, Devil's Tower, Little Big
Horn Battlefield, Yellowstone Park, Grand Tetons, and Jackson Hole
WY. If you ever want to see these grand and spectacular
sights, try to put them on your "Bucket List" and do it if you can. Life
is too short!!! With that as an excuse, I am trying to catch up with the
latest news, both good and bad. I have to thank our good friend and
fellow "Gate Keeper," Lou Hollander,
for re-sending all emails he sent out during that time. Cell
service & Wi-Fi are virtually non existent in Yellowstone and
other parts of this country. So...this is just about all I can post, as
most of it refers to the new health plan the City is implementing. My
apologies if I left anything out. Thank you and hoping to see many of
our members living in the area to attend the membership
meeting on the 8th where we will have a guest speaker to explain the new
plan. Refreshments will be served after our guest speaker gives her
There has been a lot of information regarding the new plan. We are here
to help you make sense of some of this information. We want you to know
that you do have choices from now until December by using your
“Once-in-A-Lifetime”. So we are sending a comparison chart of the new
Medicare Advantage Plus Plan and Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan
(also a City’s sponsored plan). Please review the first attachment, has
a lot of good information that can help you make the right
To enroll in the Aetna plan you will need to
complete the following:
Health Benefits Program application
and change form (second attachment)
You’ll need to complete Section C
(top right corner of the form)
Select “once and a lifetime change”
choose a future effective date of 10/1/2021, 11/1/2021 or
Aetna enrollment (third attachment) each Medicare eligible
person and/or dependent will need to complete
1 Plan form
2 Plan form
Alan Berkowitz and Harvey Feit as received from the
Charlotte 10-13 Club
f you want to stay in your present health plan, including
the Aetna Medicare PPO Advantage Plan, you MUST complete the opt out
that can be accessed from the following link: https://nyc-ma-plus.empireblue.com/optout/#alert
Each Medicare-eligible participant (i.e. retiree, spouse or dependent)
must complete a separate opt-out form.
You also have the opportunity
to switch to another health plan from now until December by using your
“Once-in-A- Lifetime” option.
To enroll in the Aetna plan
you will need to complete the Health Benefits Program application and
change form. (See attachment).
You’ll need to complete Section C (top
right corner of the form).
Select “once and a lifetime change” choose
a future effective date
11/1/2021 or 12/1/2021
Each Medicare eligible person will
need to complete the form.
You will also need to fill out the Aetna
Medicare Advantage Enrollment Form. (See
Note: If you switch to Aetna in 2021 and then at a later
date decide to try out the
Advantage Plus Plan or GHI Senior Care plan, you’ll have
option to go
back to the Aetna plan because you were previously
You will not have this option if you
were not previously enrolled.
If you switch to Aetna
in 2021 – then later decide to try out the new Medicare Advantage Plus
Plan or GHI Senior Care plan, you’ll have the option to go back to the
Aetna plan because you were previously enrolled, you will not have this
option if you were not previously enrolled
The City has flexibility
on the lifetime change, if you later want to use it
If you choose to
enroll in the Aetna plan from now until Dec. 2021; and you are enrolled
in the GHI – you MUST complete the opt out form (fourth attachment)
(this was the last plan you were enrolled in so this the form you need
If you are an Aetna member today – you will need to
complete the opt out form – that form is forthcoming within the next
week or so
We hope this information is helpful.
From the NYPD CEA
NYC MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN
Please use the below link
to ascertain if your present Doctor is a provider in the NYC Medicare
This link has instructions to navigate the
Step 1- go to empireblue.com
Step 2- click on Find Care
found at the top right corner
Step 3- click Guest
select the following drop downs
What type of care are you searching
What state do you want to search with?
What type of plan do you want to search
Select a plan/network
NYC Medicare Advantage
Step 5 – Click Search
You’ll be able to search by specialty, name, NPI number,
Members can also call the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Call
Center at 833.325.1190A THANK YOU LETTER TO CHIP HAYES
This is the link for the comparison chart of the different
CHARLES McCRAY REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN A 9/11 MATTER
UPDATE FOR AETNA HEALTH CARE SUBSCRIBERS
This is Charlie McCray firstname.lastname@example.org
I am trying
to get in touch with someone who is fighting a 9/11 related illness and
is willing to be interviewed and televised.
If you know someone, or
have information on someone, please give them my information. They can
email me 9/11 RELATED.
From Alan Berkowitz email@example.com
All retirees who are presently enrolled in Aetna and live
in the 14 states (NOT NY-NJ-PA) including Florida that presently receive
Aetna as their health care provider will pay $44.00 per month as of
January 1st, 2022. The monthly premium will be $44.00 per month for each
eligible Medicare recipient. A husband and wife will pay $88.00 per
month collectively. This is a NO deductible, NO co-pay plan. Same as
LATEST INFORMATION ON NEW CITY HEALTH
From Lou Hollander and Alan Berkowitz as
received for the Retired Sergeants Benevolent Association. Note the
highlights in RED
1. Members are “strongly”
encouraged to attend any scheduled webinars, in person-seminars or call
NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan dedicated telephone number at
1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for “factual “and up
to date information on how the plan change effects them individually.
In an attempt to encourage Medicare participants to “field
test” the new Medicare Advantage Plus Plan members currently enrolled in
HIP- VIP Premier (HMO) will be able to remain (grandfathered-
participants) indefinitely in that plan and it will remain a zero -
premium plan for at least the calendar 2022 plan year. Current HIP VIP
Participants will be allowed to enroll in the new NYC Medicare Advantage
Plus Plan, without waiving their right to return to HIP VIP, for any
reason, effective January 2023. This is a one- time change that expires
after 2022 enrollment period.
***Note: No new entrants will be
allowed to be enrolled into this plan going forward.
In an attempt to encourage Medicare participants to “field
test” the new Medicare Advantage Plus Plan members enrolled in any of
these currently available Medicare Plans* will be able to remain in the
below plans (grandfathered- participants) however updated rates are
still pending. Current participants will be allowed to enroll in the new
NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan, without waiving their right to return
to the below plans, for any reason, effective January 2023. This is a
one- time change that expires after 2022 enrollment period.
*Note: No new entrants will be allowed
to be enrolled into these plans going forward.
***Note: This is predicated on these plans continuing to
be available into Calendar 2022 and beyond and available thru the
sponsoring medical carriers.
Medicare Advantage Plan PPO/ESA (NY/NJ/PA)
Medicare Advantage Plan PPO/ESA (all other areas)
Cigna Health (AZ)
o Empire Medi Blue
o GHI HMO Medicare Senior
o Humana Gold
o United Health Care Group Medicare Advantage
Plus (Horizon) NYC
o United Health Care Group
Medicare Advantage Plus (Horizon)
2. Extremely Important
Information: There is a significant conflict, within Medicare
guidelines, that member’s must be aware of. The issue is triggered when
participants in a Medicare Advantage plan concurrently enroll in an
independent Prescription Drug Program (PDP) such as Humana or AARP. This
act leads to a termination of medical/hospital coverage. We are aware
there are members or dependents, currently in GHI-Senior Care Plan*,
enrolled in the SBA Prescription Drug Plan and purchased a supplemental
Part D drug coverage thru an independent PDP. Those members that are
moving to the new NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan cannot be dually
enrolled in the MA Program and the independent PDP and must disenroll
themselves from the PDP program.
The SBA, after multiple discussions
with the NYC-Office of Labor Relations and the Municipal Labor Committee
has been able to obtain access, for our members to the NYC Medicare
Advantage Plus Plan” Drug Rider.” This qualified Medicare Part D drug
plan is a reliable and undisruptive platform where members looking for
supplemental prescription coverage can safely enroll. We encourage those
participants losing their ability to purchase an independent PDP to
avail themselves of this benefit. Members will need to enroll in the
“drug rider” during the October 2021 enrollment period and will only be
allowed access annually during future Fall changeover
*Note: Members that opt for a “buy up” to the GHI-Senior
Care can still procure simultaneously an independent PDP plan with no
3. The Alliance (Empire and Emblem
Health) is actively communicating and publicizing the NYC Medicare
Advantage Plus Plan nationwide. They are corresponding with their in-
network Medicare Providers and providing extensive outreach nationally
targeting out network providers, who accept the Medicare Reimbursement
scheduled rates, encouraging them to join the network or educating them
how to navigate the new plan and receive reimbursement for
4. Effective January 1, 2022 all
new Medicare participants, or existing Medicare participants, outside
those grandfathered, within the NYC Health Plan, will only have the
option of enrolling in the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan or the “buy
up” GHI Senior Care (PPO) Program going forward. Annual changeover
periods movement will be limited to these two programs. There will be no
new plans becoming available to NYC Medicare participants into the
5. There are no conversations going
on discussing elimination of the Medicare Part B reimbursement or the
IRMAA. Anyone saying anything different is a liar!! That said Medicare
participants are “strongly reminded” that any member who disenrolls or
waives Medicare coverage from the NYC Health Benefits plan will be
ineligible to receive the Medicare Part B reimbursement or the
6. Members will have on hand, as part
of the Pre-Enrollment Guide (September 2021), an Opt-Out Form. This form
will be used “only” if a Medicare participant chooses to opt out of the
NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan.
Important: Any member failing to document a decision to
OPT OUT of participation in the new NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan and
remain in their current plan by forwarding the required form, in a
timely manner and as directed, will automatically be enrolled in the new
NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan.
Look out for the following
communications from NYC OLR regarding the new
“NYC Medicare Advantage
NYC OLR website for NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan
Latest frequently Asked Questions:
For further information NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan
dedicated telephone number at 1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.
to 9 p.m.
New ID Cards for participants in the NYC Medicare Advantage
Plus Plan will go out after the enrollment period and arrive by mail
sometime in November 2021. This will be followed by a Welcome Kit
mailing in December 2021.
Bobby Cotumaccio, Vice
Retired Sergeants Association
OF LIVING (COLA) INCREASES
As appeared on the NYCERS
website, NYCERS has announced the Cost Of Living Amount
(COLA), starting with the September 2021 pension payment,
will be 1.4%. This means a whopping increase of
$21 a month rather than the past several years of only a $15
For those on Social Security, the word is a COLA
increase higher than anything else since around 2008, and could be as
high as 6.3%.
Who has it better than us????
RE-NAMING CEREMONY FOR THE LATE DEP. CHIEF VINCENT
A very touching street re-naming ceremony
took place today in North Valley Stream, Long Island, to honor the late
NYPD Deputy Chief Vincent DeMarino, who passed away in
December, 2019, from cancer as a result of his working at the 911 WTC
site. Many local Nassau County politicians were in attendance to honor
Vincent and the DeMarino family in front of his home. Several of
Vincent's children and grandchildren became NYPD, Long Beach and other
agency Police Officers. A funny story, as told by Ron
Kearney, is that Ron advised Vincent to take the Transit Police
test while he was still a PAA in the NYPD. Years later, Vinnie processed
Ron when he retired. Mark Lipira remembers when as a Sgt. he
welcomed Vinnie into District 2.
Rini, Fred Ametrano, Ron DiMaio, Charles McCray
Ron Kearney, Rabbi Berkowitz,
Tony Lomanto Mark Lipra, Ron Kearney, Bob
Bob Ganley (c) next to Mrs.
LATEST ITEMS OF INTEREST|
|The latest information we have on the City's plan to change our
health benefits is their announcement that all retirees affected by
the change will be receiving information explaining the new plan
with comparisons to the existing ones and what any charges will
be. Basically, if you don't select an alternative plan, you will be
changed to the new Medicare Group Advantage Plus plan tht will take
effect January 1, 2022. The PBA has reported they will be submitting
this to arbitration as the PBA is not part of the Municipal Labor
Council (MLC) which signed the agreement with the City and they feel
this benefit is an item subject to contract negotiations.|
a much happier note, Lou Hollander has made plans for a ROMEO
luncheon in Florida. Those details can be found on the Meetings and Events page.
LATEST NEWS OF NYC MEDICARE ADVANTAGE HEALTH PLAN FOR
From Alan Berkowitz & Lou Hollander as received from NYPD
In response to your Inquiry please be
advised that at this time the NYC PBA has received information that
the NYC is encouraging Medicare eligible retirees to change over to
a newly approved by NC Medicare Advantage Plan which is not
one of the previously offered plans. This Advantage would administer
both the Medicare and the secondary benefits with one card and give
the member a Medicare D Plan for prescriptions. Med D would then be
the primary prescription coverage the PBA/Caremark plan would be
secondary and reimburse your copayments. The members would not be
loosing any coverage, it is merely a change in coverage.
August NYC is sending information to elect the Advantage Plan or
stay with your current coverage. If you elect to stay with your
current coverage a premium will be charged. These change are
supposed to take effect 1-1-2022.
You can click the link
included below to see the full information to date on the New
advantage plan from NYC.
to your inquiry regarding legal action at this time. The City of New
York both pays for and administers the Health and Hospital coverages
for all of our members. Neither the active member or retired member
dues pay for any of the benefits. NYC by contract is required to
provide benefits for life for our members however,
(italics are mine-Tony) than can make changes
to these benefits as may be required. The PBA Heath and Welfare Fund
acknowledges that these changes may cause frustration for our
members the City of New York will be making these changes to our
members benefits. At this time however the NYC PBA will not be
issuing any official statements.
Paul Kelly │Member Services | PBA Health and Welfare Funds
p- 212.349.7560 f- 212.437.9480
Office | 125 Broad Street 11th Floor, New York, NY 10004
plan may be viewed HERE
CURRENT NEWS ON NYC GROUP MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN
City of New York
Medicare Coverage Changes
January 1, 2022
As a follow-up to our last Medicare program
update on June 30th, 2021, the Municipal Labor Committee met on July
14th to formally vote on adopting a new NYC Medicare Advantage Plus
Program effective January 1, 2022. The MLC General Membership voted
overwhelmingly to award the contract to “The Alliance,” a joint bid
from Emblem Health and Anthem, to administer the new plan for all
City Medicare retirees.
This award ensures that no
premium contributions will come out of retirees’ pension checks and
active members’ paychecks. All savings generated from this RFP have
been collectively bargained by the MLC to be deposited into the
unions’ Stabilization Fund which will extend free healthcare to all
retired and active City workers for several more years.
As we stated last month, there has been a large amount
of negativity being circulated amongst the City’s Medicare
population as they feel changing to a Medicare Advantage plan will
be a degradation of benefits. This is not the case. Members are
equating the individual Medicare Advantage plans advertised on
television with the customized plan that was collectively selected
by the City and MLC. The plans are in no way similar to the
customized group NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Program that was
awarded to the Alliance. The Alliance plan is far superior and
comprehensive in nature and, according to our MLC consultants,
850,000 physicians (approximately 99.5% of all physicians in the
United States) who accept Medicare will accept the NYC Medicare
Advantage Plus Program.
The Alliance plan allows
Medicare retirees to go to any doctor or hospital that accepts
Medicare regardless if that provider is in the insurer’s network or
not. As long as the provider accepts payment from Medicare, they are
obligated to accept the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Program payment.
This includes all hospitals in the NYC area, including those at
Memorial Sloan Kettering and The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS),
and almost all hospitals nationally. The program is a national
program, so it covers retirees in any State which they work or
reside or when they travel.
While the Alliance plan
will cover all services that are covered under traditional Medicare,
it will also include coverage for the following additional benefits:
routine foot care; annual preventive physical; worldwide emergency
coverage; Healthy Meal Delivery; Healthy Pantry; Medicare Community
Resource Support; Health Fitness Tracker; non-emergency
transportation; a Wellness Incentive card; and telemedicine.
The NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Program also includes a spectrum of
Care Advocacy resources and Care Management programs not included in
the Senior Care plan.
The new contract will be a
five-year agreement and will be effective January 1, 2022, and will
save the City and unions $600-$650-million per year for the next
five years. In addition, the PICA RFP that was recently completed
will save an additional $317-million over three years. The MLC has a
written agreement with the City that every penny saved from both
these RFPs will accrue to the unions’ Stabilization Fund, thereby
extending a “no contribution” medical program to both our active and
retired members for the next several years. In addition, the City
has agreed that Medicare Part B premiums, which will still be
required under this new plan, will continue to be reimbursed by the
City as has always been the case.
The Alliance is working on member
communication pieces that they will mail to all Medicare
participants in early August detailing all components of the new
Custom Group Medicare Advantage program. In addition, there will be
a call center established by the Retiree Alliance to handle
inquiries at that time.
This new program will replace GHI Senior
Care and continue to be the $0 cost plan for all City Medicare
eligible members. It was agreed by the City and MLC that the Emblem
Health Senior Care and HIP VIP plans will continue to be an option
going forward; however this will no longer be a no-cost
The estimated cost for these programs would be
approximately $200 per month.
Future plan changes,
opting in or out, can be made during future annual fall open
enrollment periods. It is strongly believed that once Medicare
members experience the new custom group Alliance Medicare Advantage
Plan that members will not desire a return back to the Senior Care
program. Families who have both a Medicare eligible member as well
as a non-Medicare eligible spouse, known as a split contract, will
only have a change to the Medicare eligible member’s plan. The
non-Medicare eligible family member will continue to be covered by
the same plan, regardless of plan carrier.
The DEA will
continue to keep our members apprised as the plans are rolled
STATUE ERECTED TO HONOR SON OF RET. LT. PATRICK
The following story appeared in Newsday, July
A statue was erected
at the Brookhaven Veteran's Memorial Square in Rocky Point, LI, of
U.S. Army PFC Joseph P. Dwyer, son of member Ret. Lt.
The statue depicts the photo taken in 2003, of Joseph carrying a
wounded child from a battle site in Iraq. Sadly, Joseph passed away
in 2008 after suffering greatly from PTSD.
At the ceremony,
held on June 28th with the Dwyer family, Brookhaven and VFW
officials in attendance, Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine called
Dwyer "a dedicated soldier whose compassion for those in need is
clearly depicted in this memorial."
In 2013, the State launched the Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran's Peer
Support Program to counsel risk veterans and their
From Pat Walsh:
for pointing out the Newsday article; it was nice.
Putting it in our association's newsletter would be fine. I
have also attached some additional photos. The original photo
that appeared in USA Today, also Joseph sitting on an Abrams battle
tank while with the 7th Calvary on the first days of our march to
Baghdad. It was the 7th that led the charge, the "Tip of the
Spear," so to speak. I have also included his wedding photo with him
and his bride Matina.
last attachment is a NY Times editorial that highlights
veterans like Joseph who are often neglected and left to deal
alone with the effects of combat. Very shameful of our nation,
but it is changing after hearing stories like Joseph's.
NY Times article can be viewed HERE
and the joy of the Lord always,
UPDATE ON PROPOSED GROUP MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN FOR
From Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org as
issued by NYPD SBA
A decision has been made regarding
the impending NYC OLR Medicare Advantage Group Plan Request for
The Medicare Advantage Plan has been awarded to “The Alliance,” a
coalition comprised of Emblem Health and Blue Cross. The Municipal
Labor Committee (MLC) is scheduled to approve this plan next week.
This new Medicare Advantage Group Plan is scheduled to be
implemented January 1, 2022.
The NYC Office of Labor Relations will be mailing communication
materials and plan selection forms in the near future. Medicare
participants will have the option to remain in traditional Medicare
(GHI-Senior Care) or HIP-VIP after agreeing to pay a monthly premium
Please review the attached presentation, which describes the new
Medicare Advantage Plan as contrasted with the current GHI-Senior
Please Note: This plan change “does not” in any way affect the
annual Medicare Part B reimbursement or the IRMAA. This change does
not affect any SBA provided (Pharmaceutical, Dental, Optical)
Click HERE to view
the plan and information. It appears to me that staying with Emblem
Health (GHI) Senior Care plan, which most of us have, will result in
a monthly premium being charged (taken out of your monthly pension
check/deposit) that was never done before.
EMAIL RESPONSE FROM PBA ABOUT OUR HEALTH PLAN
Alan Berkowitz email@example.com
Patrick Lynch asked me to respond to your email regarding certain
proposed changes to the City Health Plan for Medicare-eligible
retirees, which is currently being considered by the City and the
As you may know, we have always maintained
that we are the exclusive bargaining agent for all New York City
Police Officers, and therefore, the City of New York must negotiate
directly with the PBA as we have not ceded that authority to the MLC
or anyone else for that matter. We have reminded the
City and the MLC of our position in this round of bargaining as
well. With that said, however, as you may also know,
traditionally, our negotiated collective bargaining agreements and
arbitrated awards have generally included similar health savings
provisions as the MLC Agreements, with some variations (e.g., in the
2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, we negotiated for an
additional health and welfare contribution inflator that increased
contributions made by the City to our Active and Retiree Funds
automatically in accordance with the percentage of wage increases –
an unprecedented provision at that time that no other union
was able to achieve, and to this day most still do not have).
That is why we always continue our fight for
It should be noted that
the MLC and the City have neither selected a Medicare Advantage
carrier nor conducted a vote of the MLC membership. Because we
know that the changes could ultimately affect our retirees at the
collective bargaining table or by way of an arbitration award, the
PBA has been monitoring the progress of the Medicare Advantage
negotiations with the City and MLC and voicing our members’ concerns
at MLC meetings. We will be informing the membership of the
outcome when available.
While we share your and many
retirees’ concerns about the proposed Medicare Advantage Plan, we
are informed that it is unlike traditional Medicare Advantage Plans
in significant ways; however, we are always skeptical, and know that
the devil is always in the details. For this reason, as a
rule, we do not believe the slanted representations from the
proponents of the changes, the City and MLC leadership, without
seeing their representations in writing, and even then, we reserve
judgment until after we evaluate the practical impact it has on
affected City Medicare-eligible retirees.
Thank you for your e-mail.
Health & Welfare Funds
Of the City of New York, Inc.
Broad Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004
WTC HEALTH PROGRAM & VCF
|The latest information received can be viewed HERE
The attached letter is to help clear up some confusion regarding the
WTC Health Program and VCF deadlines.|
NYC 'DIAPHRAGM LAW' RULED
From Ed Mullins, President NYPD SBA
As you know, on June 18, 2020 – slightly
more than three weeks after the death of George Floyd - the New York
City Council passed terrible legislation seeking to criminalize
“sitting, kneeling or standing” on a suspect in a manner that
“compresses the diaphragm.”
This law, referred to as the Diaphragm Compression Bill – defied
common sense and was clearly a cheap effort to score political
points with the anti-police movement. Mayor de Blasio - true to form
- signed it into law almost immediately.
We knew then and we know now that we were right when we said that
the law unfairly set police officers up for arrest simply for doing
We immediately responded to this ridiculous law by leading a
contingent of law enforcement unions, which included the New York
State Police, MTA Police, the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Police,
the Port Authority Police, the Court Officers Benevolent
Association, and all four New York City police unions to challenge
I am glad to report that today (June 22nd), the New York State
Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional.
This is an important victory for law enforcement and for the SBA.
Not only does this decision eliminate the possibility that you could
face criminal prosecution for unintentionally kneeling, sitting or
standing on someone’s torso while making an arrest, it sends a clear
message to the City Council and the Mayor that their anti-police
policies will be challenged and defeated.
We will continue to fight for your rights and challenge those
laws which make us ALL unsafe. This victory is an important first
step in our battle to win back the
Congratulations on a job well
done, Ed! Being a Police Officer is getting more difficult every
PLAQUE DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR P.O. WILLIAM MARTIN|
A ceremony honoring the 10th Anniversary of the
passing of Transit P.O. William Martin took place on June 19th
at the Transit District 4. A plaque was installed in the District
honoring a fellow officer who was severely beaten while on
patrol many years ago, suffering injuries that ultimately caused his
ON USE OF FORCE BILL S6615|
From Mike Essig, President NYS FOP
June 10th, both Houses of the NYS Legislature adjourned their 2021
session without advancing Bill S6615 out of either House. This
Bill was not brought to the floor for a vote thanks to the efforts
of our members, families and the communities we serve who support
the police and showed their displeasure with this piece of
Thank you all for helping to defeat this
horrible legislation. We all need to stand in unity and with
your continued efforts, we will keep Law Enforcement Officers safe
and be ready to stand in opposition to this proposed law should it
be revived in the future.
Please share this with your
Thank you and Stay Safe !
2020 IRMAA REIMBURSEMENT FORM NOW AVAILABLE|
The NYC Health Benefits program has issued the IRMAA form for the
2020 Medicare Part B reimbursement. Please note that it also covers
the years 2019 & 2018 if applicable and you have not submitted
the form for any of those past years.
If an amount exceeding
$1735.20 for Medicare was taken out of your Social Security payments
and is shown on the 2020 SSA-1099, you most likely were penalized
with IRMAA and you should submit the form to Health Benefits for the
You must also submit the required Social
Security forms and they must be submitted electronically to the
leapfile.net website indicated on the form.
The form can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/olr/downloads/pdf/health/irmaa-form-2018-2020.pdf
were the rates for 2020 based on your 2018 Federal Income Tax
UPDATE AND RESPONSE FROM TOM GREER ABOUT THE GAME
We recently sent out an email to our members reminding them of
the Mets - Yankees game tickets available for September 11th, which
is also the 20th anniversary of that fateful day. A few replies
questioned our decision of even having the tickets in light of the
controversy of MLB and their questionable attitude towards Police
Officers in the country as a result of the George Floyd incident and
subsequent BLM protests.
We would like to point out that all the tickets purchased were
before any of those events took place and the Mets were offering
group tickets first to previous purchasers and the chance to get
better seating and dates.
In Tom's words: "Thank you. That's a true statement. We already
had purchased the tickets before all BLM and other upheavals took
If someone doesn’t support MLB, they can choose not to
participate. I'm not giving in to cancel culture because a few
members object. I run this game in the remembrance of my father (the
late Ret. Transit P.O. Thomas Greer of District 20) and to keep his
memory and all the traditions of the Transit Police Family
alive I love this organization and feel very honored
that I am a member and that I can give my time and efforts to keep
the spirit alive of the New York City Transit Police Retirees
Tom also called our Mets representative regarding the possibility
of paper tickets to save as a souvenir. Unfortunately, all tickets
will be digital. Tom would advise everyone the need to reach out to
me with their email addresses and cell numbers. Also, people with
smartphones must download the MLB Ballpark app so he can
forward the tickets to them. If not, those who don't have a
smartphone may have to go to the box office on the day of the game
and have them give them something to get them in. They are citing
covid concerns. Probably will have no cash at the concession stands
either. Thank you.
The Executive Board and members
rightfully thank Tom for all he has done for this
2020 MEDICARE PART 'B' REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENTS|
|Thanks to Lou Hollander and Alan Berkowitz for forwarding
this good news|
The Medicare Part 'B' reimbursement for
the year 2020 will be sent out on or about April 15th. The amount
will be $1735.20 for individual, and $3470.40 for a couple. This
payment is based on the monthly payments deducted from Social
Security of $144.60. The IRMAA forms to recoup the difference
will be available in May and will be paid out in October,
More information will be posted here as information
becomes available from the City of NY.
OF STATE RETIREES AND PROBLEMS WITH GHI (EMBLEM
Sent out by Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org
as received from Ret. NYPD Detectives Association
GOOD NEWS FOR OUT OF NY AREA RETIREES AND
Emblem/GHI Update - a win for Retirees!
Recently, it has been a challenging time for NYPD Retirees, and
your RDNY Board has been working hard to stay in front of the
matters that effect our members. As many of you know, the panels
that approved Emblem/GHI physicians to participate had been closed
to providers outside of the NY area. They were effectively removing
participating Doctors through attrition with no replacements
This was brought to our attention through Bill McMahon, a Florida
resident, Retired Sergeant and former Delegate. He also coordinated
efforts with Errol Ogman of the SBA. We at the RDNY were in
discussions with the DEA and their health benefits point man and
made every effort to get the word out to the thousands of retirees
in our organization.
WE SPOKE - THEY HEARD US!
The panels have been re-opened! Providers can now (again) enroll
Please visit the www.RDNY.org
website, where you will find the necessary forms that you may
provide to a Health Care Provider to enroll with Emblem.
FEMA OFFERING SOME FUNERAL EXPENSES FOR COVID RELATED
FEMA now has a Funeral Cost Assistance program for deaths that
were COVID related and occurred between Jan - Dec 31,
See attached link for further information. COVID-19
Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov
LATEST UPDATE ON MEDICARE RE-IMBURSEMENT & METS-YANKEES GAME
From Lou Hollander as received from NYPD Ret. Sgts
MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT DIFFERENTIAL
The 2019 Medicare Reimbursement differential
payments will be mailed out Friday, March 19, 2021. For members who
get their pension check via direct deposit, the 2019
Medicare Reimbursement differential payments will be made available
via direct deposit on Monday, March 22, 2021. Any member who does
not receive payment should contact the Office of Labor Relations at
MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT UPDATE
The Office of Labor Relations will be issuing the remaining
differential payments for 2019 in March 2020. Then they will issue
the rebates for 2020 in April 2020.. Retirees should then compare
the amount they receive to their social security statement for 2020
(form 1099) and prepare and submit the appropriate form described
below for any shortage. The payment will be sent to the same account
as your monthly pension .
Members who receive an actual pension
check will receive the rebate at the same address as their pension
NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has updated
the procedure for members to submit Medicare Part B related forms
and supporting documents. Please disregard the email address
previously printed in the CHEVRON.
of the following forms, along with all required documents, must now
be electronically submitted to: https://nycemployeebenefits.leapfile.net/
• Medicare Part B Reimbursement Program Application
• 2019 Medicare Part B Reimbursement Differential Request
• IRMAA Medicare Part B Reimbursement
Application (for 2019, 2018 & 2017)
You can obtain
any of the above forms by clicking on them. The forms are
self-explanatory and lists the required documents needed to be
submitted with the form.
For instructions on how to
use LeapFILE to submit forms and documents, please visit:
forms should be available on OLR’s website https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-medb-irmaa.page
by April/May 2021.
OLR Health Benefits Retiree walk in
center remains closed. All inquiries and questions can be
emailed to: email@example.com
I have spoken with numerous members who stated that they have
received responses in a timely manner.
information regarding Retiree - Health Benefits Program, please
PTL MIKE MELCHIONA MEMORIAL MASS CELEBRATION|
|From Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry (L) and his brother Tom with NYPD PO
Juliana Endo and K-9 "Mel" named in honor of Ptl. Mike
on the anniversary of Mike's death while on
NEW VSF BILL INTRODUCED IN ALBANY|
From Lou Hollander and Alan Berkowitz
Senate Bill S5107 has been introduced by Sen. James
Sanders, Jr. of Queens.
The bill 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 partners
What this Means:
committee is a group of lawmakers assigned to review bills related
to a particular policy area. Before S5107 can be put to a vote
before the entire Senate, it must first be approved by members of
one or more legislative committees.
The committee may amend the bill to satisfy
concerns of committee members, leave it as is, or refer it to
another committee for further deliberation. The bill may be reported
to the full Senate chamber for consideration if a majority share of
the committee members support it. If a bill has not been addressed
by the committee by the end of the two-year legislative term, the
bill is said to have 'died in committee'.
Can I Do?
All members of the Senate welcome
legislative feedback from constituents at nysenate.gov. When you use
the New York State Senate website to officially support or oppose
this bill, your feedback will be shared directly with your
The bill can be viewed here: NY
State Senate Bill S5107 (nysenate.gov)
MEMBERSHIP CARDS LOST IN MAIL|
|If you are a Lifetime or Honorary member or if you
have sent in your dues for 2021 weeks ago, and not received
your membership cards, please contact me by phone at 516-526-7968 or
email at email@example.com . I
recently received an envelope from the Post Office containing
several membership cards that either fell out of opened envelopes or
were ripped open during the postal operations. |
|We have reeceived a number of phone calls asking about
the Differential forms that were sent in by regular or
Certified mail. Despite having a signed receipt from Health
Benefits for that mail, retirees are still being directed to
submit their forms and accompanying documents electronically. At the
bottom of the 2019 Differential form are the directions for
submititng them to their website, and not by mail.|
as shown below in the October 23rd posting is: https://nycemployeebenefits.leapfile.net
even if you mailed the form, you must re-submit it again to the
INFORMATION IN CORRESPONDING WITH THE CITY OF NEW
It is a sad fact that as we are getting older, we are seeing more
fellow retirees passing away. Many times, we are asked by the
surviving spouse or children as to what procedures should be
followed after the retiree's death. This PDF should be helpful in
contacting different City agencies and associations who will help
you. We wish to thank Lou Hollander and possibly Alan Berkowitz,
too, who sent this out a few years ago.
Click on this LINK for
the PDF file.
MYSTERY BOOK REVIEW|
From our Honorary Police Surgeon Doc Ente
A BLOCKBUSTER EASY READ NEW MURDER MYSTERY WITH A
Although a new author, Dr Stephen Kronworth, a local
Ophthalmologist and also a member of the NYS FOP Surgeons
Lodge, has joined the ranks of Patterson, Baldacci and
Cussler [to name a few].
LOVER BOY will keep you on the edge of
your seat with a plot that has more turns than the road up to Pike's
Peak. The characters are all alive. You will love some, hate some,
but understand them all. You travel along familiar streets in Long
Island as well as in Boca Raton. You visualize the entire story as
it unfolds...a quick easy read...a murder mystery with humor,
culture and lots of surprises... $11.99 from Amazon
JERRY ENTE, MD
Doc. This would make a nice Holiday present for
LETTER FROM DEA TO PELHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT|
From Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org
as received from Bob Valentino email@example.com
Please see this LETTER
from DEA President Paul DiGiacomo to the Pelham School District
regarding students forbidden to wear commemorative sweatshirts in
memory of murdered Transit Police Det. George Caccavale.
YOU LETTER FROM NYPD DEA TO THE
Last week, our 1st VP, Bobby Valentino, rece3ived a call from
Paul DiGiacomo, Jr, Pesident of the NYPD DEA, asking if any members
would be willing to volunteer to hand out pamphlets in suppport of
the police. Bob was able to secure positive responses from
several members and friends for NYC, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The day was agreed upon for this past Monday, November 2nd. At the
Nassau County locations, several showed up, amongst them, Bobby
Valentino, Vinnie Servedio, Tony Lomanto, Fred Ametrano and Bill
Vitelli and a few others from the bowling league. Unfortunately,
after wating and seeing no one around, a phone call was made and it
was discovered that the actual date was for today, November 3rd.
Bobby thanked us all and forwarded this information to Paul
DiGiacomo who then sent this letter to us:
We do what we can to help our fellow brothers and
sisters in Blue, Paul.
FOR RETIREES WITH NYPD PISTOL PERMITS|
From Alan Berkowitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Got The Below From Verrazano 10-13 Member Retired Chief Ray Diaz
And Forwarding For Your Information.
The CEA has
received several inquiries regarding NYPD issued pistol permits for
The concern of retirees with NYPD
issued pistol permits is having licenses expiring. The mayor
implemented an executive order in May of this year (2020), that all
pistol licenses will remain active even if they have expired.
That order is still in effect as well as the state law, as long as
the licensee submitted renewal application before it has
expired. The license will remain active until the renewal
investigation is completed by the assigned investigator. In
addition, the licensees will receive an email automatically in this
Please check the website for more
detailed information and check for updates: https://licensing.nypdonline.org/app-instruction/
safe & healthy.
Ada L. Resnick
Captains Endowment Association
40 Peck Slip, New York,
Tel # 212-791-8292
Fax # 866-226-8330
NEWS ITEM FROM OUR HONORARY POLICE
We received this bit of information from the Association's
Honorary Police Surgeon Jerry Ente, MD
There is a group calling themselves The Boogaloo
Movement. One of their aims is kill police and they are
This is a secret group. Type Boogaloo Movement
in Google search for more information on this group.
I hope I am not overstepping, but your guys [our guys] need to
NYC HEALTH BENEFITS OFFICES ARE UP AND RUNNING|
From Alan Berkowitz email@example.com
THE NYC OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS HAS
If you have not already submitted your
Medicare Part B Differential Request Form or your IRMAA
Reimbursement Application, you can do so now. You can
access the forms from the below links:
Part B 2019 Reimbursement Differential Request Form
2019 Reimbursement Application.
Benefits Program staff will also be processing 2019 IRMAA forms as
the Medicare Part B 2019 payment was issued in April 2020.
INFORMATION FOR RETIREES LIVING IN NYC WITH PISTOL
From Chip Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org
This is for retirees who still reside in NY City
We have recieved several emals and calls from retirees who still
reside in NY City regarding the NY City Pistol licence
confidentiality request form (called the Foil exemption form, a copy
is attached). The NYPD computerized the Pistol Licence system
in 2017. Everything is scanned and then submitted on line.
When you renew online you should submit the attached FOIL exemption
form that, as a retired Police Officer, keeps your information from
being released on a freedom of information request. Apparently
some members were not asked to submit the form when they renewed and
are being contscted to now submit the form.
called the Pistol Licence section and provides the following
Any retiree with a NYC pistol license is now required to resubmit
the "confidentiality request form" which keeps your information from
going public. I did not receive the email some received
advising we need to resubmit this form but I learned of it from
Therefore I am sending this along in case others
have not received it either. I called pistol license and the
courteous civilian walked me through it.
Just go to the link https://licensing.nypdonline.org/
and click "sign in", then boxes will appear. One says
"CONFIDENTIALLY REQUEST FORM" (its spelled that way) click on that
box then a screen with your info will come up and just check off the
first option "retired nypd" , then type RETIRED MOS in the white box
and print name on bottom. Hit submit.
It was obvious
from the confusion last year that there were going to be continued
problems with this online email process when they started.
see the problems continue. What happens if you do not receive
the emailed request from them and do not submit the form
again? Who knows? I have no other information as to why the
request again. Any problems I would suggest calling pistol
license, 646 610 5560 or 646 610 5154
Remember this is for
NYC pistol licenses only.
Retired Lieutenant's Association
Click HERE for
the FOIL EXEMPTION FORM.
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT
There’s been a dark cloud of
misinformation and political bias propelled by the news media that’s
been attempting to fade the Blue Line, our first line of defense
We are all well aware and attuned to what crosses our TV screens
each evening. There is no moral sense in what we see beyond lawful
protests. However, what we don’t see is our garrulous elected
officials standing out as leaders to accept their lawful
responsibilities to lead and seek peaceful solutions.
At this time, what can be done? I believe our first duty would be
to support our men and women in blue. Second, would be to call out
our state representatives to accept their accountability to the
people they represent as it’s the state’s legislature that passes
our laws and criminal procedures, not the police departments. Third,
and foremost, is that defunding police departments is not an option
Seek out your state assemblyman / woman and senator on the
internet. Contact them on the phone or in writing and express your
voice in letting them know what you support.
Fraternally, your President
TRANSIT ROCKS AGAIN !!|
From Lou Hollander email@example.com
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, Neil”
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 RETIREES |
Our many thanks to PO Bazile for sending us this information on
renewing your Transit ID card that is expired or nearing
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
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
HONORARY MEMBER RET. CHIEF JOE FOX TALKS TO MEMBERS AT THE 84
From Alan Berkowitz firstname.lastname@example.org &
Lou Hollander email@example.com
Great job Joe! Keep it going. The cops today need this show of
On Friday, July 24, 2020, 01:58:40 PM EDT, Joseph Fox firstname.lastname@example.org
Another purposeful day, with the great cops of the 84 Pct!
Thank you “Thank You NYPD,” for all you have done. It is my honor to
join you during these visits. Thank you newly promoted Brooklyn
North Chief, Judith Harrison. Honored to continue to witness your
growth as a great leader. Thank you Adeel Rana, CO 84, first Muslim
American NYPD Precinct Commanding Officer. I also continue to enjoy
your growth as a great leader. Thank you Bob Boyce, retired chief of
detectives. I cherish our continued friendship, but I must confess,
I wasn’t happy that you made me look bad yesterday, you in such a
sharp suit and me in shorts and Oofos shoes. ????????.
And most especially, thank you to those members of the “Royalty
of Policing,” the family members of our heroes who made the ultimate
sacrifice, who joined us yesterday: 84 Precinct’s own Sanny
Liu (husband Wenjian Liu and Rafeal Ramos, 12/20/14), Diane Holland
(husband Richard, 3/23/12), Tatyana and Leonid Timoshenko (Son
Russel 7/14/07) and Cathy and Gil Lee (Son Kevin 1/27/06). When each
of them addressed us you could’ve heard a pin drop. And Cathy Lee,
said when she spoke, “When I look at you I think of my son Kevin and
I think, you are my children now.” Tears!
The Retirees Association is proud to have Former Transit
Bureau Chief Joseph Fox as an Honorary Member of this organization.
Well done, Chief !!
INTERESTING COMMENTS FROM RABBI BERKOWITZ|
Throughout mankind's history many conflicts, internal and
external, were caused by not knowing what grievance, real or unreal,
the opposition had. That was partially due to the lack of the
current social media available to all.
We, the people of the
United States, are the beneficiary of a unique nation. A
representative and democratic government that fought against
tyranny, autocratic, and repressive rule. As the nation emerged from
the 13 Colonies and became the United States of America, its
Constitution was based upon the ideal that all men are created
equal. A major difficulty of the emerging nation was the
ability to unify the diversified members of our society in promoting
the idea of equality. But it has been a work-in-progress till this
This nation became the dream of people from all over the world
who wanted to be blessed with the freedoms and opportunities
available. But as the diverse population grew, it was obvious that
discrimination, socially, spiritually, and economically, had to be
recognized and DEALT WITH RESPONSIBILITY BY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.
Our elected representatives have the responsibility to bring to
the floor any potential issue that arises and find solutions to
prevent negative results from ignoring citizen's concerns.
Protecting life, property, and treating people equally under the
law, are the fundamental tenets of a democratic society. When blood
shed occurs, taxpayers' hard working money is misspent, then
there is a moral reckoning for whoever takes the oath of office in
fulfilling one's duties.
This must be done for each concern a citizen has and propose an
Discourse and verbal disagreements are a
reality in life. However, the sanctity of life is paramount. This
must be the conscience of all of our representatives, and not lose
sight of our citizens who sacrificed their lives so that each one of
us can enjoy the liberties and beauty of this great nation.
G-d bless the United States of America in continuing to bring so
much hope for all.
Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz
New York City Transit Police Department
FREDDIE MACK'S NEW HOME|
From Lou Hollander email@example.com
Yesterday (July 2nd) Freddy, with the help of his daughter Debbi
and son Freddy, moved him into a new assisted living facility.
Freddy finally came around and thought it was the best for him as he
has been falling a few times and was not steady on his feet. Freddy
has been alone, except for his 2 dogs, since his wife Susan passed
about 2 years ago. He misses her terribly. All he had
was his dogs which I think kept him going. Unfortunately, he
was unable to bring the dogs with him, but he got some solace that
his son who lives in KY will be caring for them. One good
thing is that he is close to his many friends. He still has
his car and can drive, and we can see him often. For me this was
very sad to see him leave a home where he has had many happy years.
Here are some photos of his apartment. I spoke with him this
morning and he told me all the staff seemed very nice and
accommodating. He also said for the 1st time in a long time he slept
through the night. You can send “Good Luck” wishes to Freddy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
him on his cell at 727-247-2526. I am sure he will be thrilled
to hear from you.
I spoke to Freddie today and he is doing fine. He is very
happy and comfortable that he took the steps to move into this
facility. We wished him well in his new home. - Tony
UPDATED PROCEDURE FOR RENEWING T.A.
From Lou Hollander email@example.com
and John Kostick firstname.lastname@example.org
have been informed by a representative, Ms Baran that issues MTA
passes, that in about 2 weeks letters will be sent out to people
eligible to renew. They will sign the form mailed to them and
mail it back with the old pass and a new pass will be mailed to
them. I am assuming that this is just while the pandemic is
STOLEN FROM THE LATE DET. GEORGE CACCAVALE'S
This was sent out by Lou Hollander email@example.com
The daughter of a slain NYTPD detective is pleading for the
return of a replica of her father’s badge swiped from her car
outside her Westchester County home.
The small badge was
among three stolen from her vehicle by crooks who broke into at
least a dozen others in her Pelham Manor neighborhood on April 9,
Carla Caccavale told the Daily News.
“The one that was my father’s is an exact mini replica of my
dad’s detective shield in a small leather case,” she said during a
She discovered the badge was stolen Friday
morning. It was taken, she said, along with two challenge coins that
bear the names of and are designed to look like the badges of
Commissioner Dermot Shea and former Commissioner James
The challenge coins were gifts to her two sons from the
commissioners. The replica of her father’s badge she has had for
Caccavale, who has three cousins in the NYPD and a fourth cousin
who is retired from the force, explained she kept the three replicas
in her car in case of emergency. The vehicle was parked in her
circular driveway just outside her house. Now all she really wants
is to get them back.
“The fact that these badges are out there
and in the hands of someone who is clearly beneath the law makes me
unable to sleep at night and sick to my stomach,” she said.
Her father, Transit detective George Caccavale, was gunned down
in 1976 when she was just 20 days old. The 11-year veteran of the
NYPD was shot three times outside a check cashing store on Van Dam
St. in Long Island City, the Daily News reported at the time. He was
off duty and working security for the business. That day he was
carrying a bag with $30,000 in cash into the store when he was set
upon by three assailants and killed.
There are several memorials that bear the 33-year-old’s name,
including the wall at One Police Plaza. An NYPD police dog who
officially joined the force in October is also named after
Caccavale has another, full-sized replica of her father’s badge,
along with his original hat. Her brother has his actual badge. She
told The News that O’Neill has already stepped forward to help get
her a replacement “coin” modeled after his badge, but the replica
she kept in her car of her father’s detective shield remains
important to her. And her hope is that someone will return the
“I felt really bad, being so upset about this in light of
everything going on.” she said. “But for us, it is a really big
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INTERESTING COMMENT FROM OUR SURGEON, DOC
We received this from our Honorary Surgeon, Doc Ente
states "I did not write it ...someone sent it to me and I
am sending it to you to go into the newsletter. I think it is
perfect for the members to read and enjoy...let me know what you
TO A MAN TODAY
I talked with a man today, a 90+ year old man. I asked him if
there was anything I can get him while this Coronavirus scare was
He simply smiled, looked away and
"Let me tell you what I need! I need to believe, at
some point, this country my generation fought for... I need to
believe this nation we handed safely to our children and their
I need to know this generation will quit
being a bunch of sissies...that they respect what they've been
given...that they've earned what others sacrificed for."
wasn't sure where the conversation was going or if it was going
anywhere at all. So, I sat there, quietly observing.
know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days. We
didn't know if we were going to be speaking English, German or
Japanese at the end of the war. There was no certainty, no
guarantees like Americans enjoy today.
And no home went
without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street,
had someone in harm's way. Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe
their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle. Sometimes it was the
whole damn family...fathers, sons, uncles...
you love, sent off to war...it wasn't less frightening than it is
today. It was scary as Hell. If anything, it was more frightening.
We didn't have battle front news. We didn't have email or
cellphones. You sent them away and you hoped...you prayed. You may
not hear from them for months, if ever. Sometimes a mother was
getting her son's letters the same day Dad was comforting her over
their child's death.
And we sacrificed. You couldn't buy things.
Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per
month, only so much bread, toilet paper. EVERYTHING was restricted
for the war effort. And what you weren't using, what you didn't
need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war
effort. My generation was the original recycling movement in
And we had viruses back then...serious viruses.
Things like polio, measles, and such. It was nothing to walk to
school and pass a house or two that was quarantined. We didn't shut
down our schools. We didn't shut down our cities. We carried on,
without masks, without hand sanitizer. And do you know what? We
persevered. We overcame. We didn't attack our President, we came
together. We rallied around the flag for the war. Thick or thin, we
were in it to win. And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat
than we lose in entire wars today."
He slowly looked away again.
Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he
"Today's kids don't know sacrifice. They think a
sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely
drive across the country. Today's kids are selfish and spoiled. In
my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with
single moms who's husbands were either at war or dead from war.
Today's kids rush the store, buying everything they can...no concern
for anyone but themselves. It's shameful the way Americans behave
these days. None of them deserve the sacrifices their granddads
So, no I don't need anything. I appreciate your offer
but, I know I've been through worse things than this virus. But
maybe I should be asking you, what can I do to help you? Do you have
enough pop to get through this, enough steak? Will you be able to
survive with 113 channels on your tv?"
I smiled, fighting back a
tear of my own...now humbled by a man in his 90’s. All I could do
was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency
and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear.
I talked to a
man today. A real man. An American man from an era long gone and
forgotten. We will never understand the sacrifices. We will never
fully earn their sacrifices. But we should work harder to learn
about them..learn from them...to respect them.
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REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP
The 1st meeting of 2020 was called to order by President Mike
Lanning at 7:15 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and was
followed by a moment of silence to remember the 20 members who have
died since the last meeting in December, and to remember all those
on the Sick List and for our servicemen and women and fellow
officers serving in harm's way.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto
gave a report on the financials. He reported the Association is
doing well and he mentioned that there was a very large number of
members who sent in donations of all amounts. They all are very much
appreciated for their generosity and their names will appear in the
next issue. With the new order of the challenge coins
received, all who made a donation and requested a coin have been
sent theirs. He also spoke of the 2019 Medicare reimbursements from
the City if NY scheduled for April. For further information, please
check the Health & Welfare page HERE. We thank Alan Berkowitz and Lou
Hollander for their work in keeping us informed.
Greer spoke of the July 28th Mets - Yankee game at Citifield.
So far 80 tickets have been sold. If interested, tickets are
$118.00 for very good seats. You can send in your check and request
to Tom at:
508 Harbor Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724.
Vinnie Servedio spoke about the upcoming
Romeo & Juliet Luncheon at Stella’s Restaurant in Floral Park on
Wednesday, March 25th. $85.00 per couple and $45 for singles.
You definitely will have a great time. For further information, see
the Meetings &
It was reported that the Mass to
honor the 50h Anniversary of the death of Ptl. Michael Melchiona was
well attended by the Police Commissioner Shea, Chief of the
Department Monahan, Transit Bureau Chief PBA President Pat
Lynch and many police officers. It was a very warm and moving
ceremony and was followed by a luncheon offered by the PBA.
President Lanning told the members that there will be three
afternoon meetings this year: May 5th at Verdi’s; Sunday,
October 4th at the FOP and the Christmas Party will be at 1:00 pm at
Antun’s. These daytime meetings are more favorable for those who
have trouble driving at night and, as was shown at lasat year's
meeting at Verdi's, we expect a large number of members
John Giangrasso was thanked for his service
on the board last year and Deo Fasolino was welcomed aboard.
Deo gave a talk on how we can get more members for the organization.
Many times, we hear "Transit Forever," but if they want to help this
happen, they should be joining this organization.
Vinnie DiMao talked about how to get ID cards through the mail,
especially for those living out of state. The main drawback to this
is the fact that it is all done digitally through the computer.
Please check out the information on the "Keeping in Touch" page on
who to contact. P.O. Bazile is very busy and be aware it will take
time before he can get back to you.
Tony Piazza gave a report on the status of the VSF. A meeting is
to take place with NYS Sen. Todd Kaminsky of Long Island. This photo
was taken at the meeting where Sen. Kaminsky stated he will sign on
to the bill being submitted by Sen. Savino.
L-R: Tony Lomanto,
Leg. Director Tony Piazza, Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Pres. Lanning, 2nd VP
The meeting ended at 8:20 pm.
Our thanks to Rec. Sect'y Bob Forrester and his able
assistant (and wife) Fran.
VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR PTL. MICHAEL MELCHIONA MEMORIAL
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
REPORT OF NOVEMBER
Our thanks to Recording secretary Bob Forrester and his able
assistant (and wife) Fran for this report.
Minutes of NYCRTPOA November 7, 2019
Meeting called to order by President Mike Lanning at 7:15 pm.
Mike led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tony Lomanto reported that we lost seven members since the last
meeting. A moment of silence was observed.
There will be a Defensive Driving Course at the FOP on Saturday,
November 19, 2019 at a cost of $45.00. If interested call Joe
McGarry to register.
Our annual Christmas Party will be held at Antun’s in Queens
Village on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 PM. The charge is $25 for
paid members and $35 for all others.
Motion was made and carried to waive the 2nd nominations
elections. No one present put their name in for a
nomination. The Board will remain the same with one
change. Deo Fasolino accepted the position of Executive
Secretary as John Giangrasso is stepping down. We thanked John and
gave him a well deserved round of applause.
Tommy Greer reported that he has 200 tickets available for the
Yankees Game on July 28, 2020. The price is $118 per
ticket. Please e-mail your request to him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tony Lomanto gave the financial report. Nine members still have
not paid their dues for 2019. The next dues mailing will be their
last if they do not send in the dues.
Dues notices for 2020 will be sent out in January.
Donations will be accepted with the dues and we ask that you
indicate if you want a challenge coin gift as our thanks. To
update our files, please include your current e-mail address.
The Medicare Part 'B' that was incorrectly paid in April will
have the balance in March 2020.
Tony Piazza gave an update on the VSF Bill. Two Senators -
Sen's. Diane Savino and Andrew Gounardes - have said they will
introduce the bills for us.
Our May meeting next year will be a luncheon held at Verdi’s and
a Brunch meeting will be held in October at the NYS FOP
Meeting ended at 8:15 pm.
INFORMATION AND REMEMBRANCES|
Here are a few photos from the NYPD Memorial Mass for Transit
Police held on October 23rd.
From Ret. Transit Chief Fox
How we remember those who passed before us, in a great way
defines us as individuals, families and a culture. So, it was my
solemn pleasure to watch a true culture of caring in action this
morning, at the NYPD Transit Bureau Memorial Mass. Family members of
heroes who sacrificed their lives for us made today truly special.
For example, on June 19, 1980, Joe Keegan was killed arresting a
fair beater in Manhattan. In fact, his nephew Brendan Mallon and
niece Courtney Mallon read the names of our fallen during the
service this morning (see photo at alter). I wonder if Joe Keegan
could’ve ever imagined that! But then again, that’s what legacy and
impact is all about-it manifests itself when we’re not
watching. Have a wonderful and purposeful day everyone, and
From Association Chaplain Rabbi
Thank you for your humbling comments. My success
was due to the trust and confidence that the entire NYC Transit
Police respected my every step and response on a day-to-day basis.
As a follow-up, the rest of the MTA Agencies gave me the opportunity
to extend this unique role to include them as well. As a testimony
to the NYC Transit Police, the Office of the Chaplain is a division
of the MTA Work Life Services. Truly a rare and blessed
Thank you again my entire NYC Transit Police
NEWS FROM SOUTH FLORIDA|
NEWS FROM LOU HOLLANDER
What a surprise Lou Hollander got on Tuesday,
when he walked out his kitchen door to the garage to
get in his car.
Lou said: "Sitting right next to my wife’s car was a baby
alligator (maybe 3 ft.) My wife called Florida Wildlife and
said they don’t respond unless the gator is over 4 feet. They
told her the gator is more afraid of us. It eventually ran out
of the garage and my wife quickly closed the garage door before is
Mama came looking for him.
Lou regrets the loss of several handbags, shoes, wallets and
belts, and a good plate of fried alligator.
RECEIVED FROM IRV KEST
Just FYI, In Sept of 2018, I and others that served during the
Korean War went to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight from Miami
Airport. I was honored to have my Grandson from Orlando be my
Guardian. It was mandatory for us to be in a wheelchair through out
the stops and was wheeled to all the sights. While on the flight
home we had mail call and I opened many cards from the family and
found out later my Grandson notified everyone to send a card to me
for my ride home. No one was more surprised than I. The Mayor of
Miami Dade greeted me and so did the Gov. of Fl (who put a gold Fl.
seal around my neck.) I was very proud to have been there to support
my country. Take care of yourself and stay well. I turn 83 this
Thank you for your services, Irv, both in the Army and in
Transit (D-34) and congratulations on the accolades so
justly deserved. A very early Happy Birthday to you.
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REPORT OF OCTOBER
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
called to order at 7:25 PM
Lanning led the Pledge of Allegiance and thanked 1st VP Bob
Valentino for setting up the buffet dinner catered by Verdi's of
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.
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.
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
motion was made and seconded that the Association will send $200 to
Daniel Pantaleo who was recently fired by the
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.
also mentioned that member Emil Stucchio will be performing at
Delmonico’s Restaurant in Levittown on Friday, October
at 7:00 PM, and the show will start at 8:00 PM. Price - $60.00
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
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
Business – none.
Business – none.
next meeting is Wednesday, November 6, 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
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The Office of Labor Relations (and Health Benefits) has moved to
a new location. All the available information can be seen on our
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
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.
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:
PO Box 230186
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.
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)
ASSOCIATION'S RESPONSE TO
Below is the Association's response to the recent firing of
Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo
DISTURBING NEWS ON THE FIRING OF OFFICER
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
BENEFICIAL INFORMATION FOR OUR MEMBERS|
Our Chaplain, Rev. Dr. John Rocco Carlo email@example.com ,
and Ret. Lt. Charles McCray 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
REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP
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.)
of Meeting held at Verdi’s on May 1, 2019
Mike Lanning called the meeting to order at 1:50
Allegiance by the assembly immediately
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Piazza gave an update report on the VSF bill. It basically comes
down to dealing with the Democratic side in
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.
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
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
meeting will be on June 5th at the FOP Building in
Forrester, Recording secretary
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.
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
For New York City Transit Police Department
retirees who would like to renew their retiree
identification card, please adhere to the
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 TBHQPersonnel@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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
ON REV. JOHN ROCCO CARLO|
|We received a letter from John
that his telephone number on the back of the membership cards
is no longer in use. If you have to contact John for any help,
please call him on his cell at 347-613-0390|
FORMER TRANSIT P.O. RICHARD DI GUGLIELMO RELEASED FROM
From Lou Hollander as received from Charlie Moran firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
P.O. Box 1270
Yorktown Heights, NY
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
WORLD TRADE CENTER NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION HAS
From the NYPD PBA and SBA
The deadline for submissions for the World Trade Center Notice of
Participation has been extended until September 11,
It was reported recently that the submission
deadline was September 11, 2018, but that has changed.
the new deadline is four years away, we urge all active, retired and
vested members to submit their Notice of Participation as soon as
All relevant forms can be found on the NYPD Police
Pension Fund website.
Please don’t delay in taking immediate action on this most
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 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