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March 30, 2023                                       CITY SIGNS HEALTH PLAN CONTRACT WITH AETNA

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NEW YORK, NY 10007



CONTACT: pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958




Contract with Aetna Ensures Lower Deductible, Cap on Out-of-Pocket Maximums, and New Benefits for City’s Retirees


Plan Also Significantly Lowers Numbers of Procedures Requiring Prior Authorization


NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Commissioner Renee Campion today announced the official signing of the contract between the City of New York and Aetna to provide a Medicare Advantage plan to the city’s roughly 250,000 retirees and their dependents. The New York City Aetna Medicare Advantage plan will continue the city’s long-standing commitment to providing high-quality, premium-free coverage to the city’s retirees and their dependents.


“Our administration has never wavered in our commitment to provide retirees and their dependents with high-quality, sustainable coverage while allowing us to rein in the skyrocketing costs of health care and the strain it is placing on our city’s budget,” said Mayor Adams. “This plan improves upon retirees’ current plans, including offering a lower deductible, a cap on out-of-pocket expenses, and new benefits, like transportation, fitness programs, and wellness incentives. We also heard the concerns of retirees and worked to significantly limit the number of procedures subject to prior authorization under this plan. This Medicare Advantage plan is in the best interests of both our city’s retirees and its taxpayers.”


“For months, the city has worked with the Municipal Labor Committee to diligently negotiate this contract with Aetna to provide a custom Medicare Advantage program to the city’s retirees,” said OLR Commissioner Campion. “This new plan provides substantial improvements to retirees’ health coverage, as well as new and enhanced benefits. We thank the MLC for their partnership throughout this process and Aetna for working with us to provide the best possible plan for New York City retirees.”


“We’re honored to offer a customized Medicare Advantage plan that provides high-quality, affordable, and convenient health care for City of New York retirees who’ve devoted their careers to serving New Yorkers,” said Dan Finke, president, Aetna. “With nearly 60 years of Medicare expertise and experience, we stand ready to serve retirees through our network of primary care and specialty physicians, mental health providers, and hospitals they already know and trust.”


The signing of the five-plus year contract follows the official approval by the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) on March 9, 2023. As of September 1, 2023, retirees currently enrolled in the city’s Senior Care plan will automatically be enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare-eligible retirees and their dependents will also be able to opt out of the Aetna Medicare Advantage plan and enrolling in the city’s HIP VIP Plan instead.


The city’s Aetna Medicare Advantage plan will provide a lower deductible for retirees than their current Senior Care plan. The plan also places a cap on out-of-pocket expenses and offers new benefits to retirees, including transportation to certain doctors’ appointments, fitness programs, and wellness incentives. Additionally, the plan significantly limits the number of procedures requiring prior authorization.


“We’ll continue to build a strong partnership with the City of New York and the Municipal Labor Committee, which were and will remain instrumental in helping engage retirees in their health care,” said Rick Frommeyer, senior vice president, Aetna Group Retiree Solutions. “We’ve already proactively collaborated on multiple ways to educate retirees about our Medicare Advantage plan benefits and to help ensure a smooth transition on September 1, 2023. We look forward to meeting retirees at one of the many upcoming open enrollment meetings.”


The city is committed to working with Aetna to ease the transition to the new plan and answer any questions from eligible retirees. Aetna has built a custom website specifically for City of New York retirees. The website has resources for retirees to look up their doctor, find out detailed information about their plan, and register for online and in-person information sessions. Retirees can also contact Aetna’s dedicated call center at 855-648-0389 (TTY: 711), Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Aetna will additionally be holding a series of in-person town hall meetings beginning next week in the New York metro area and other states with high Medicare-eligible retiree populations to answer any questions and assist them with the transition.

In response from the Organization of Public Service Retirees:

Tens of thousands of retired teachers, cops, firefighters and other city workers say Adams is wrong.
Citing federal studies that show Advantage plans can deny beneficiaries “medically necessary” care, retirees have called on Adams since he took office to let them stay on traditional Medicare, contending that the switch would put them at risk of losing access to certain doctors, medical procedures and drugs.

A group called the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees successfully convinced courts last year to block the first iteration of the Adams administration’s Advantage plan — and Jake Gardener, a lawyer for the group, told the Daily News on Thursday that they will file another lawsuit in hopes of derailing the new plan as well.

“We will be challenging this violation of the retirees’ health care rights in court,” Gardener said. “This is just the latest example of the city trying to save money on the backs of retired and disabled city workers. What this would do is to jeopardize the health of a quarter million elderly and disabled city workers.”

Municipal employees rally against Medicare Advantage, in lower Manhattan on March 9, 2023. (Barry Willilams/for New York Daily News)

Retirees are resisting the Advantage switch, in part, because Aetna will require pre-authorizations for some forms of care, a protocol that does not exist under traditional Medicare. They fear this will result in diluted coverage, and have depicted it as a life and death issue.
“Retired firefighters, police, EMT workers and teachers will be forced into a privatized, managed care plan that has strict in-network, pre-authorization and referral requirements that will cause potentially life-threatening delays and denials of care,” said Marianne Pizzitola, a retired FDNY EMT who leads the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees.

“Many of the quarter-million respected public servants, and all the current NYC public employees, will be harmed by this damaging decision by Mayor Adams.”
n his statement, Adams said he sympathizes with the angry retirees.

“We also heard the concerns of retirees and worked to significantly limit the number of procedures subject to prior authorization under this plan,” he said.

New York Municipal retirees protest the Municipal Labor Committee voting to eliminate traditional

Medicare as the only healthcare option in lower Manhattan, New York City, on March 9, 2023. (Barry Willilams/for New York Daily News)

The reason courts blocked Adams’ first plan was because it would’ve levied a $191 monthly premium on retirees who wanted to opt out of Advantage and stay on traditional Medicare. The courts found that penalty violated a local law requiring the city to provide its retirees with premium-free coverage for life.

Adams’ administration, with support from the city’s Municipal Labor Committee, says the new plan structure complies with the court rulings because there will no longer be a $191 penalty on the table as the premium-free Advantage coverage is the only insurance option available to retirees.

Gardener disagreed and claimed the new plan is also illegal.

“Forcing them into Medicare Advantage by not even giving them the option of keeping their existing health insurance is far more damning and just as illegal,” he said.

Gardener declined to say exactly on what grounds his group will challenge the new plan, but added:

“We have a number of grounds that we will be relying on to ensure that the savings the city is looking to achieve is not obtained solely on the backs of retirees.”

We will have to wait and see what happens next with any possible court actions.



We received this current information from BJ's:

Thank you for partnering with us to offer BJ’s Corporate Membership Discount Program as an exciting benefit to your NYC RTPOA members! We have a new way of doing things!

To better serve you, all membership enrollments and renewals for your members will now be processed through our BJ’s Partnership Support Center.

The attached flyer includes everything your  NYC RTPOA members will need to take advantage of their membership benefit. Please include this as an attachment when sending the announcement. The expiration date of the offer is January 27, 2024.

The PDF can be viewed HERE

Please note, listed on the flyer is your organizations ‘Group Promo Code’. This code is unique to your organization. When any of your employees/members call our Partnership Support Center, they will need to reference this ‘Group Promo Code’ to qualify for the discount.

BJ’s Partnership Support Center details -

Here is the current offer: The membership levels are now Club (formerly Inner Circle) and Club + (formerly Rewards).

NEW MEMBER OFFER: (These new member rates are amazing!) (plus tax in NY and NJ)

Any employee may OPEN a NEW Club membership at the discounted rate of $25/12 months (with a $10 Award) ($30 savings off the In-Club rate of $55/12 months) or 

may OPEN a NEW Club + membership at the discounted rate of $75/12 months (with a $20 Award) ($35 savings off the In-Club rate of $110/12 months).

Both offers also include one household member card at no charge. (2 cards total on membership.) This applies to NEW members only…previous or existing members are not eligible.

EXISTING MEMBER OFFER: (plus tax in NY and NJ)

This program also enables your employees to EXTEND their existing Club or Club + memberships at the rates below:

The Club renewals are $55/12 months with $10 being loaded back to the card.  They will have $10 in awards waiting for them to spend at the Club once processed.

The Club + renewals are $110/12 months with $20 being loaded back to their card.  They will have $20 in awards waiting for them at the Club once processed.

With payment, 12 months will be ADDED onto current expiration date of existing members.

The award is electronically loaded to their membership card and will be available at the register in 24 hours from when the form is processed. Award must be used within 30 days on an In-Club purchase. These are ELECTRONICALLY LOADED so they will NOT RECEIVE A COUPON OR GIFT CARD.

Thank you for all of your efforts in making this an exciting event for the members of the NYC Retired Transit POA members! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me on my cell phone number listed below.

Debbie Lisonbee
Corporate Membership Sales Rep
Email: Dlisonbee@bjs.com


March 19, 2023                                     NEXT ISSUE OF "BEYOND THE LINE" AT THE PRINTER and
                                                                       LETTER SENT  FROM OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS
Our Editor, Frank Crisa, and I have completed the next issue of our great newsletter. Issue #2023-1 is now at the printer and we hope to have it in the hands of the mailer by the end of this week or early next week. It is a whopping 48 pages BIG and loaded with articles, photos, letters, and important information for our members. The list of donors has again taken up 2 full pages and, to them, we give a big Thank You!

As a retiree under Medicare and using the health benefits from the City of New York, you should have received this letter from the Office of Labor Relations (OLR) explaining the latest issues regarding the planned Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan recently approved by the MLC. At this time, it is only a contract sent to the City by Aetna and it has to go through the approval process. Does anyone really think it will not be approved by the City? The organization of retired public employees is going over that proposed contract and is ready to file a court action should they deem it necessary.

The letter from the OLR can be read HERE

March 9, 2023                                 MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND UPDATE ON NYC HEALTH PLAN
From Recording Secretary Bob Forrester with able assistance from his wife, Fran


Meeting was called to order by President Bob Valentino with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, followed by a moment of silence for the 18 deceased police officers since the last meeting as well as their families and also for sick members. We mentioned member Jack Rossiter’s grandson, NYPD PO Colin Rossiter, who he lost last week.

Bob mentioned that there is much information on the website and encouraged the members to avail themselves of it.

On May 20th, there will be a Black Patch Party at Verdi's from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.  Floyd Holloway, Joe Carney, Hugh Lennon and Ken Chiulli will be honored.  There will be a few new members inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at the affair, but future inductees will only be held at the annual Association Christmas / Holiday Party.

Treasurer Tony Lomanto reported we have $32,139 in checking and so far, we received $18,000 in donations. This helps to offset the increasing number of members attaining Lifetime Membership status as dues are no longer required. Every donation is well appreciated. He also mentioned that 55 members have not yet paid their dues, and they may be removed from membership if not received in the next 2 months..

The cost of publishing the newsletter has gone up along with postage and mailings. The next issue, 2023-1, will be finalized by this coming Sunday, March 12th, and will consist of 48 pages.  Any letters or donations received after that will be in the next issue. Tony and Frank were thanked for all their hard work.

For New York City residents only, information on renewing your carry permits can be found on the website below. Unless you completed an HR218 course before August 31, 2022, you will be forced to take the 16-hour training course and the 2 hours at the firing range. The alternative is a permit but only for your home premises.

The Labor Council is in favor of the new Medical Plan and will be voting on Thursday, March 9th. Members are encouraged to donate to the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees so that the litigation can continue at PO Box 941, Venice, FL.34284

FOP Lodge #317 will hold a special Memorial Gathering to honor Joe McGarry from 12:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 15th at The Hartigan House, 517 Central Ave., Bethpage, NY. There will be a Chinese Auction. Full details will be posted on the “Meetings and Events” page when finalized and emails will be sent out to Lodge 317 members. All proceeds of the event will go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in memory of Joe McGarry.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd From 12:00 noon to approximately 2:00 PM at Spolini's Restaurant 116-25 Metropolitan Ave. (off Union Turnpike), Richmond Hill. Members asked for another location closer to Brooklyn & Staten Island and this place was found to have a large function room and good food. Attendance at this meeting will determine it as a future location.  Tony and Bob will be sending information on parking and directions.

June 9th there will be a Bowling League Dinner/Dance at Verdi's.  Emil Stucchio and the Classics will be performing.  The cost is $140.00 per couple but could be less depending on the number of people attending.

Last year we had 50 new members join.  This year so far, we have 43 new members. Please advise Tony Lomanto if you have a new email address or have recently moved.

The meeting ended at 2:15 pm.

Bob Forrester



 As mentioned above, the MLC voted today in favor of accepting the proposed Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan. Today, March 9th, they actually voted in favor of the plan. 79% of the voting unions voted YES and the voting is based on the number of union members. The UFT, DC37 & the Sanitation union have the most votes.

Crane's Business magazine posted this article about the vote. It can be viewed in this PDF

There are also a number of videos on You Tube with Marianne Pizzitola from the NYC Retirees Organization describing the latest events in their fight against the City.

We will post ongoing information here as they develop.





NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME RETIREES RESIDING IN NYC TO RETAIN CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT: We would like to acknowledge and thank Marty Browne (Retired Sergeant) and Director Nicole Berkovich, from the NYPD License Division, for coming to the LBA meeting to answer questions from the membership regarding the new requirement mandating that some retirees attend a sixteen (16) hour Gun Safety Course and a two (2) hour Live Ammunition Firing Course to renew their Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit issued by the New York City Police Department. This requirement, as of now, only applies to those retirees whose licenses are issued via the NYPD License Division. The different requirements apply in the following three (3) unique scenarios:

Retirees Who Retired Prior To September 1, 2017:

For those retirees who separated from service prior to September 1, 2017, and who receive their Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit from the NYPD License Division, must satisfy the following requirements to successfully renew their permit:
- Attend a sixteen (16) hour Gun Safety Course and a two (2) hour Live Ammo Shooting Course – This is currently a once in a lifetime attendance requirement. OR - Possess proof of attending at least one HR 218 course (ID Card) between the periods of September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2022. OR - Proof of having attended any other Gun Safety related course during the periods of September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2022. (check with pistol license of the course is acceptable)

Retirees who retired between September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2022: As per the stipulations spelled out in the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, retirees who separated from service during this time period are NOT required to provide any additional proof (training or HR 218) to renew their Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.

Retirees who retired on or after September 1, 2022: If they were employed/Active between September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2022, are NOT required to provide any additional proof (training or HR 218) to renew their Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.

If a retired member who resides in New York City and who receives their Concealed Carry Weapon permit from the NYPD License Division does not satisfy the renewal mandates stipulated above, the likely results are as follows:
IF RETIREE POSSESSES A: Retired ID Card, Expired Concealed Carry Permit, Does NOT Have a Valid HR 218 = License Division will eventually attempt to confiscate and safeguard your weapons. License Division will usually allow approximately six (6) months after the members current permit expires for member to renew application for Concealed Carry permit.
Retired ID Card, Expired Concealed Carry Permit, VALID HR 218 = Allowed to retain and carry weapon(s). However, will be unable to purchase ammunition and buy/sell gun(s) in New York State. The License Division may eventually contact you to ascertain if you wish to renew Carry or convert to Premise Permit.
Retired ID Card, Expired Concealed Carry Permit, Valid HR 218, Valid Premise Permit: Allowed to retain and carry weapon(s). Premise Permit also allows you to purchase ammunition and to buy/sell gun(s) in New York State.
**Please note that a valid HR 218 is a key requirement in retaining and carrying your weapon when you do not satisfy the CCW renewal requirements and therefore do not have a CCW Permit issued by the NYPD License Division.**
Routinely, retired members will receive a mailed notice from the NYPD License Division, three (3) months prior to their current CCW Permit expiring advising them how to apply for their renewal and what requirements are mandated to successfully renew their CCW. If a member switches from a Concealed Carry Weapon Permit to a Premise Permit, the member may switch back to a CCW permit if they can now satisfy the requirements. However, this conversion cannot take place until the next scheduled permit renewal date (usually three years).
If you are a retiree who receives your CCW Permit from the NYPD License Division and have additional question regarding this matter, please contact 646-610-5872.

February 18, 2023                                     MEDICARE PART 'B' AND IRMAA RE-IMBURSEMENTS and
                                               SENATE AND ASSEMBLY BILLS - PROHIBIT DIMINUTION OF HEALTH BENEFITS

All this information can be viewed on the NYC Health Benefits page https://tinyurl.com/3tt9wru4 sent by Lou Hollander.
Please note you can go back as far as 2019 if you haven't already filed.



SUMMARY - 2023-02-07 Assembly referred to governmental employees SPONSOR- Stacy Pheffer Amato [D]

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance; defines employers to include the state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions. Assembly Member Email | New York State Assembly (nyassembly.gov)


SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: 2023-2024 Legislative Session

Section one provides that the level of health insurance benefits, and the employer contributions made toward such health insurance, for certain retired firefighters, police officers, and their dependents
shall not be diminished below the benefits. and contributions in place as of May 1, 2008.
S2728 (nysenate.gov) member-directory-1-31-2023-updated.pdf(nysenate.gov)

James Sanders Jr.

February 4, 2023                                OUR VSF LEGISLATION RE-INTRODUCED IN ALBANY &
                                                          LATEST NEWS ON THE CITY'S PROPOSED HEALTH PLAN 
From Alan Berkowitz

S5107 (the Variable Supplements Bill) was reintroduced in the 2023 legislative session under a new print number: S4158.

Senate Bill S4158

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


Recent Actions:
• Feb 3, 2023 - REFERRED TO CITIES 1      Review S4158 on WWW.NYSenate.gov

As soon as we hear of an Assembly bill introduced, we will post that and urge all retirees to contact their Senators and Assembly representatives to vote in favor of these bills.


One good news is the recent judge's ruling that Emblem Health / GHI Senior Care cannot charge for co-pays. This took effect on January 22nd. It is recommended that should your doctor insist on charging for the co-pay, either show him the judge's ruling or pay it and keep a receipt. Emblem Health is contesting this ruling in court and if they fail to win, they will set up some way to reimburse you.

From the NYC Health Benefits Program website health-retiree-responsibilities (nyc.gov)

Senior Care members, EmblemHealth has suspended the $15 co-pay for certain services offered through the GHI Senior Care Plan due to on-going litigation and pursuant to court order.

Until further notice, no $15 copay will be required for the services listed below.

  • Office visits (PCPs)
  • Office visits (Specialists)
  • Allergy Testing/Injections
  • Chiropractic Services
  • Podiatry (non-Routine)
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Pulmonary Rehab
  • Vision Care (Medicare-covered)
  • PT, OT & Speech therapy
  • Diagnostic lab/X-ray (including Hi Tech Imaging)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Partial Hospitalization - Mental Health
  • Partial Hospitalization - Substance Abuse

* * * * *

From the NYC Council:
City Council leaders announced they have no plan to pass a bill pushed by Mayor Adams that would allow his administration to charge retired municipal workers for health insurance — and multiple sources in the chamber told the Daily News that the legislation is unlikely to ever get a vote.

City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams
The bill is a last resort in the Adams administration’s longtime effort to enroll the city’s roughly 250,000 retired workers in a cost-cutting Medicare Advantage Plan that critics say would result in inferior health coverage.
Courts have twice blocked the administration from implementing the plan due to a provision that would slap $191 monthly premiums on retirees who want to opt out of it in favor of staying on traditional Medicare. While Advantage would be free, the courts have said the administration’s proposed financial penalty for other coverage runs afoul of a local law known as 12-126 that requires the city to provide its retirees with no-premium coverage for life.

As a result, the mayor has for months pressed the Council to rewrite 12-126 in such a way that the $191 fee would become legally feasible — but Speaker Adrienne Adams said Thursday afternoon that her body has no plan to vote on legislation introduced at his request that would achieve that end.
“There is no scheduled next step,” the speaker said during a news conference at City Hall.

During a contentious Council Labor Committee hearing earlier this month, Adams administration officials said that if the Council does not adopt the 12-126-tweaking bill by Jan. 26, they would move ahead with the drastic option of eliminating all health insurance options for retirees besides Medicare Advantage.

The administration has maintained that option would comply with the court rulings since there’d be no financial penalty at play.
Given that the Council’s final meeting of the month was Thursday, Speaker Adams confirmed the body will not act by the stated deadline. That presumably means the administration will follow through on its pledge to make Advantage the only available plan for municipal retirees.
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Adams spokesman Jonah Allon declined to disclose the administration’s next step. Instead, Allon reiterated that the mayor and the Municipal Labor Committee believe the administration must move ahead with Advantage because it could save the city hundreds of millions of dollar per year at a time of great fiscal uncertainty for the municipal government.

“The city and the Municipal Labor Committee worked together to take advantage of the federal funding for Medicare Advantage plans that would permit us to continue providing high-quality, premium free coverage for retirees while saving approximately $600 million a year — savings that are especially critical as we continue to face a skyrocketing health care crisis and other fiscal challenges,” Allon said.
Before the full Council would ever be able to consider the bill favored by Adams, the Labor Committee would have to approve it — and a source inside the panel said that’s highly unlikely.

“The appetite isn’t there to move this bill,” the source told The News, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Another source close to Council leadership agreed. “It’s dead,” the insider said of the bill, noting that no Council member came out in support of it during this month’s hearing in the committee.

In her press conference, Speaker Adams declined to speculate on whether there’s any support for the bill in the chamber.
She cast doubt over the Jan. 26 deadline floated by the administration, though.
“It’s not even clear that the deadline was ever [active],” she said before lamenting that the administration hasn’t yet provided the Council with a detailed contract for its preferred Advantage plan. “One of the questions at the hearing was, ‘Where’s the contract?’ ... We didn’t even have a contract to deliberate on as a body, so for me, that was a very important piece of information that we would need to go forward in any decision.”

The NYC Organization for Public Service Retirees filed the lawsuit that prompted courts to block the first iteration of Adams’ Advantage push — and has indicated it will seek additional legal intervention if his administration attempts to make it the only health plan available to them.
“If they did that, I’m sure we’ll see them in court pretty quickly,” Marianne Pizzitola, a retired FDNY EMT who leads the retiree group, said at last month’s hearing to cheers from her members.

Ever since former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration first tried to roll out the Advantage plan in the fall of 2021, thousands of retired teachers, EMTs and other municipal workers have argued that such a switch would destroy their coverage. They’ve pointed to federal studiesshowing that Advantage plans — which are administered by private health insurance providers, unlike traditional Medicare — can deny “medically necessary” care for beneficiaries.

Adams’ administration has disputed such concerns and said Advantage would provide retirees with robust coverage, while allocating savings to hedge against a city budget deficit that could grow as large as $6 billion in coming years.


From the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees  NYCorgOfPublicServiceRetirees@gmail.com


Good Morning everyone! The City Council will NOT be voting on Intro 874 tomorrow. We will now THANK the Council for NOT taking this bill up.. Please call and email the Civil Service and Labor Committee. See below the draft message for the contact Info. We will have more information coming!

Script for Members

Good Morning/ Good Afternoon
My name is ________________________and I am a retiree. The purpose of my call is to “Thank” the City Council Member for not supporting the passage of Intro bill 0874 from the Civil Service and Labor Committee. By having this bill laid aside, you have restored some of our faith in the system. We appreciate that your member heard our message to not listen to the Mayor and that retirees should not bare the burden of the city's budgetary issues. The Medicare Advantage Plan will not provide us with proper healthcare coverage and we should not have to pay more to receive less care. We discovered there are several funding programs totaling over 300 million dollars that can be used to help balance the budget. There will be a bill introduced soon that will protect the status of our future healthcare, and we hope that your member will continue to stand with us and support it.
Thank you for hearing my statement, and being the voice for retirees. Thank you for listening.

(Your name), retiree, # years, Department

List of City Council Members on the Civil Service and Labor to be called: (CALL BOTH NUMBERS)

28 Speaker Adrienne E. Adams Legislative Office: 212-788-6850
District Office: 718-206-2068

10 Hon. Carmen De La Rosa Legislative Office: 212-788-7053
District Office: 917-521-2616

3 Hon. Erik Bottcher District Office: 212-564-7757

5 Hon. Julie Menin Legislative Office: 212-788-6865

11 Hon. Eric Dinowitz Legislative Office: (212) 788-7080 District Office: (718) 549-7300

15 Hon. Oswald Feliz Legislative Office:212-788-6966 District Office: 718-842-8100

21 Hon. Francisco P. Moya 212-788-6862 District Office: 718-651-1917

22 Hon. Tiffany Caban 718-274-4500

37 Hon. Sandy Nurse Legislative Office: 212-788-7284 District Office: 718-642-8664

40 Hon. Rita Joseph Legislative Office: 212-788-7352 District Office:718-287-8762

49 Hon. Kamillah Hanks Legislative Office: 212-788-6972 District Office: 718-556-7370

Copy/Paste these email addresses into your email:

The File for the List of CM is here if you want to save it: https://mcusercontent.com/.../b8e.../Civil_Service_labor.pdf

If you are on Twitter and Instagram, please comment and share our messages.
We also created an OPEN FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/NYCRetirees

And Please send your donations in to continue this fight!  We have THREE lawsuits running concurrently, and if the Mayor eliminates all health plans, we WILL have a 4th!!

There will be NO Vote on Intro 874!  You do NOT need to come to City Council!

January 13, 2023                                            2023 MEMBERSHIP CARDS MAILED OUT

The 2023 membership cards and decals went out to all PAID members this past Wednesday, January 11th.

NON-PAID members were sent the letter and the dues envelope, and we ask those members to please send in your dues upon receiving the mail.

In the past few years, we have encountered mail problems with some envelopes being ripped open and membership cards being lost.
We ask any member who receives an envelope that has been opened and cards missing, to please contact us.

To any member who also belongs to the FOP Lodge 317, be advised that the National and State cards were sent out Tuesday to those members who sent in their dues in the first batch early in 2022 after receiving the renewal application in September.

January 9, 2023                                              SURVEY FOR THE 2023 FLORIDA REUNION
Bill McKechnie, his staff, and Lou Hollander are conducting a survey to see how many retirees would be interested in attending what may be the last, and possibly the best, Florida Reunion ever. We wish Bill and his staff all the best in their endeavor.

Responses should be in before January 23rd

Please read the details in this PDF

January 8, 2023                               RALLY AGAINST NYC MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN and
                                                         DENY PAROLE FOR KILLER OF DET. GEORGE CACCAVALE

The NYC Council will be conducting a hearing on the proposed change of the Administrative Code Sect 12-126 on Monday, January 9th at 9:30AM. Active and Retired Cuty employees are urged to attend and voice your oppostion to the proposal.

Please read this from the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees in this PDF

President Bob Valentino and the Executive Board are asking all members and fellow retirees to submit a letter or email in support of denying parole for the killer of the Late Det. George Caccavale. 

We stand in support of George Caccavale's daughter, Carla, who will appear at the parole hearing in February to try to keep this killer in jail.

Click on this link to the PBA https://www.nycpba.org/community/keep-cop-killers-in-jail/cop-killers-form/?id=25865

December 21, 2022                               NEW PRESCRIPTION PLAN FOR THE NYPD DEA

From Alan Berkowitz  berky4@aol.com

Dear DEA Member:

Effective February 1, 2023, the DEA is launching a new prescription drug program. This new program will replace our Benecard prescription drug plan. The new prescription drug program will be administered by Express Scripts. Our members should experience significantly enhanced prescription drug benefits with no disruptions to your current prescription drug needs.

By mid-January of 2023, you will receive a letter from Express Scripts introducing you to our new program. You will also be receiving a “welcome package” and a new prescription drug card.

For the past several years, the DEA Board of Officers has been committed to making improvements to the union’s health benefits for both active and retired members. In 2021 and 2022, we introduced our new Cigna dental plan for active and retired members, increased life insurance benefits for active members, and instituted our new Northwell Health body screening program. And in 2023, we expect to make improvements to our mental health and wellness programs. We will continue to examine other benefits to enhance the lives of our members and their families.

Beginning February 1, 2023, we look forward to you — the “Greatest Detectives in the World” — experiencing our new pharmacy benefit through Express Scripts.

In the interim, have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and a joyous New Year!

Paul DiGiacomo

December 13, 2022                  TOME GREER HAS TICKETS FOR THE 2023 METS-YANKEES GAME and
                                                                   LATEST RE-CAP ON THE CITY'S HEALTH PLAN ISSUE
Our newly elected Executive Secretary, Tom Greer, has obtained 100 tickets to the 2023 Mets-Yankees Subway Series Game scheduled for June 13th, 7:10 PM. Please note, it will be on a first come - first sold basis as no other tockets will be available after these are sold out.

Full details can be viewed in this PDF flyer.

From Mariann Pizzitola of The NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees

The latest information available can be viewed in this PDF report

November 22, 2022                       RETIREES ORGANIZATION WINS IN STATE APPEALS COURT
Marianne Pizzitola of the Organization of Public Service Retirees has succeeded in court in a decision rendered by the NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department. 

WE WON!    This means TWO courts interpreted the law the same way and the retirees are vindicated in our effort to push back on the City from trying to take away our benefits.  The MLC and City have tried everything from back room deals to trying to change the law we won our case on, to threatening the City Council and even using an arbitrator who is supposed to be neutral, to say on the eve of Thanksgiving, if the legislative body doesn’t do what’s being demanded of it he will eliminate all plans.   Truth is there are options. They just didn’t want to implement them.    WE STILL NEED TO MAKE CALLS AND EMAILS TO CITY COUNCIL!!    They may still try to pull the “nuclear option” or change the code!   Our work is NOT done!
Today, the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees won their case in the First Department NY Appellate Court.   The Court was very clear Code § 12-126 (b) (1) provides: “The city will pay the entire cost of health insurance coverage for city employees, city retirees, and their dependents, not to exceed one hundred percent of the full cost of H.I.P.-H.M.O. on a category basis.”
The court correctly determined that Administrative Code § 12-126 (b) (1) requires respondents to pay the entire cost, up to the statutory cap, of any health insurance plan a retiree selects.
The Retirees applaud the decision.
Marianne Pizzitola

The entire court decison can be read HERE 

November 3, 2022                                     REPORT OF NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Minutes of the membership meeting held on November 2, 2022.

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Lanning with the Pledge of Allegiance to The Flag and asked for a moment of silence for the 7 departed members since our last meeting in September, any deceased family members, and all fellow retirees on the Sick List.
Mike then introduced our Editor, Frank Crisa, and thanked him and Treasurer Tony Lomanto, for their work in putting together our great newsletter, "Beyond the Line."

The finances of the association are doing well. We have received donations from many of the members, especially from many Lifetime Members who no longer have to send in dues..

Mike welcomed Robin Becker, the President of the Transit Police Memorial FOP Lodge 317, and her board.

Our next meeting, the annual Christmas and Holiday Party,  will be held on December 7th at Verdis. Any paid member who attended the Black Patch luncheon in October will not have to pay the $25 door charge.

The NY Reunion will be held at Antun's on Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 pm The cost is $65.00 in advance and $70 CASH at the door.

Nominations and election of Executive Board Members for 2023 was conducted by Vinnie Servedio.  The results are as follows:

President - Bob Valentino
First Vice President - Deo Fasolino
Second Vice President - Vinnie DiMaio
Executive Secretary - Tom Greer
Financial Secretary - Gregory Stripp
Treasurer - Tony Lomanto
Recording Secretary - Bob Forrester
Sergeant At Arms - Mike Lanning

Tom Greer reported there were 192 people at the Mets-Yankees game this year at $163.00 per ticket. To change to a location closer to home plate would cost about $200.00 per ticket. 
It was decided to stay in the same section for the 2023 games.  A total of 100 tickets will be ordered.

Several members in Queens requested a meeting location closer to them and a location in Howard Beach was suggested.  A meeting starting at 12:00 noon and ending at 2:30 pm before the rush hour traffic was proposed.

Legislative Director Tony Piazza spoke at length about the problems facing the new medical coverage plan. The City, faced with the possibility of the City Council not amending the city charter section 12-126, is now using the threat of only having one health plan for all employees, both active and retired. It would be, of course, the Medicare Advantage Plan currently being negotiated with Aetna Health Insurance.

We have 50 new members as can be seen in the latest issue of "Beyond the Line."  Deo spoke about the need to get new, younger members to join and said that at the Black Patch Meeting and the FOP State Convention, he distributed 200 applications.

1st VP Bob Valentino requested that prayers be offered for the 2 police officers shot in Newark, NJ. Thankfully, the culprit was apprehended.

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Forrester, Recording Secretary

Regarding the issue of the City Council amendment change, the Organization of Public Service Retirees has put together a chart that shows the possible changes the City and the Municipal Labor Council as compared to what we now have.
It can be seen in the PDF HERE


                                                                      ONLY TO MAKE MATTERS MORE CONFUSING

Thanks to Alan Berkowitz and Lou Hollander for forwarding this information as received from RETIRED LIEUTENANTS' ASSOCIATION NYPD

Dear Members,

Below are some excerpts from info we have gotten related to the new law affecting the renewal of your NYS/NYC Concealed Carry Permits.
It is unclear how the State/City will verify how long you have maintained your HR218. I would recommend checking with the County that issued your permit regarding their policies. You may want to consider saving your old HR218 cards in case they are needed to prove your years of certification. Some Counties had permits with 5 year expirations, NYC had 3 year expiration, and some did not expire.  Per the new NY State law, all permits now expire every 3 years. Some of the HR218 schools are already offering the new course for those needing it.

Michelle Schaefer

From the NYC Pistol License Section:

The new law for carry licenses has changed.  Per the new law, you need 16 hours of classroom instruction and 2 hrs. range time. 
MOS retired over 5 years who do not have an HR218 are required to complete this training class.  If you are retired over 5 years and have an HR218, send a written statement that you have an HR218 and kept it active for how many years. Include a copy of the HR218 front and back.  An HR218 dated before 9/1/2022 which is in effect at this time will be enough to satisfy the requirement. If no HR218, then the required training has to be completed to renew the license.

From the DEA: Update on Firearms License Renewal for Retirees

As of September 1, 2022, all licensees, including retired members of law enforcement, must have sixteen (16) hours of training and two (2) hours of shooting practice. The State of New York plans eventually to check back three (3) years of the applicant’s social media accounts, but, as of this writing, personnel is not yet in place at the Licensing Division to conduct social media checks. H.R. 218 certification will be accepted only if it was acquired prior to September 1, 2022. The caveat is that the Licensing Division will assume the retired member of the service had H.R. 218 certification for consecutive years and didn’t just newly acquire it. We hope more information will be forthcoming, but as of this writing, this is what is known at this time.

For Nassau County residents,

I called the Pistol Permit Section and was told that Nassau County Supervisor Blakeman has a bill on his desk that will allow renewals on a 3 year basis rather than the current 5 and training will not be required for those with HR 218 certification. I am assuming Suffolk County will have a similar exemption. More on this when this matter is finalized.

September 13, 2022                  ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FLORIDA R.O.M.E.O. LUNCHEON
From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

Great photos from the Spring Hill FL R.O.M.E.O luncheon can be viewed in this PDF


From Recording Secty Bob Forrester (and his wife, Fran)

President Mike Lanning opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed by a moment of silence to remember 21 departed fellow retirees since our last meeting, their family members, fellow police officers, those on the Sick List, and our Armed Forces serving in harm’s way.

Mike informed the membership that the next issue of “Beyond The Line” is coming out by the end of September or early October, and thanked Frank Crisa and Tony Lomanto for doing a great job with the magazine.

Mike also thanked Tom Greer for doing a great job on the Subway Series held on July 27th.  Tom is currently working on the one for next year.

Bob Valentino asked the members present to ask any fellow retirees who are not members, to join the association. He also spoke about the Black Patch Meeting to be held on Saturday, October 1st, 12 Noon at Verdis.  Your $60.00 fee for the Black Patch Meeting includes free admission to the Retirees Christmas Party.  There were five new members inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame and will be honored at the Black Patch dinner

Bob also mentioned the NY Reunion at Antun's on Tuesday, Nov. 15th starting at 4:00pm, with thanks to Paul Murphy and Marilyn Scahill.

The Bowling League meets on Tuesday mornings, and anyone is welcome.

Tony Lomanto spoke about the new PBA Dental Plan which is a good one. It is important that you go the PBA website and click on the link to register with CIGNA. This plan is only for PBA members.

The negotiations between Emblem and Blue Cross came apart.  The City is now negotiating with Aetna.  There will be a speaker at the Sept. 29th meeting at 12:00 Noon at the LI Shields meeting at the Coral House in Baldwin addressing this issue. (See the important update below)

Sun. Sept. 11th was to be the last day to be registered in the 911 Victims Fund for any illnesses suffered as a result of 911. Today, (9/10) the Governor signed (S9294A/A10416) which extended the deadline to file a Notice of Participation under WTC Disability Law. The new deadline is September 11, 2026.

Tony spoke about the new Gun Law Bill.  It might be a good thing to obtain an HR218 Permit - you could carry your gun from state to state.  For those living in the NY Metropolitan area, you can call Instructor Roland M. Grant of SAFETY QUEST at phone number 516-446-0127. Various law enforcement organizations are seeking to have amendments added as this bill, like previous gun laws, was rushed through without much thought and input. This law does not pertain to active or retired LEOs regarding "sensitive areas" as mentioned in the bill which can be read in the State FOP posting below. It is important that you have a current Transit Police or NYPD Police Identification card to get the HR 218 certificate.

Mike introduced the new President of FOP Lodge 317, Robin Becker, who said a few words to the membership.

The next Retirees meeting will be held Wednesday, November 2nd, 1:00 pm at Spuntino's Restaurant in Williston Park. We still do not have the OK to resume meetings at the State FOP building because of renovation issues.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Forrester
Recording Secretary

Thanks to Alan Berkowitz for forwarding this important health plan update:

Here we go again!!!!!


Adams and Unions Strike Deal on Shift to Cost-Cutting Medicare Plan
by Sam Mellens - NY Focus - 9/08/22 - UPDATED

The mayor and major city unions plan to press the City Council to clear a path for a privatized Medicare plan for retired city workers.

At a meeting Thursday morning, the administration of Mayor Eric Adams and major unions representing municipal employees agreed on a proposal to clear the way for their long-held goal of switching retired city workers to cost-saving private Medicare Advantage plans.
The insurance shift, first reported by New York Focus more than a year ago, would likely save the city hundreds of millions of dollars a year and help pay for current workers’ benefits — but many retirees fear that it could decrease their access to health care.

At the meeting, union leaders agreed to a proposal from the administration to make a joint request to the City Council, asking it to amend city law to allow the city to charge retirees for their current health care plans. That would remove a legal roadblock that has held the switch up in court and led the insurer that had won the contract to administer the plan to back out in July.
“It wasn’t all wildly enthusiastic votes, and people were expressing qualms. But the difficulty is we’re not quite sure what else to do, because there is a financial problem here,” said Robert Croghan, chair of the executive board of the Organization of Staff Analysts, a union representing city office workers across numerous agencies. Croghan estimated that 85% of the dozens of union representatives present voted in favor of the proposal.

Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507, a union representing fire department employees, told New York Focus that he voted against the proposal. “The law gives us protection in terms of having our current health benefits,” he said. “Why would you open up that Pandora’s box not knowing what could happen?”

The city projects that the shift to Medicare Advantage will save $600 million annually, which would go to a fund controlled by city unions that is used to pay for current city employees’ health insurance and other benefits. Without that additional cash, the benefits that the fund provides could be at risk.

The city and union leaders have claimed that retired city workers would receive the same quality of care under a Medicare Advantage plan as they currently receive under Senior Care, the free insurance plan that the city provides to most retirees. But many retirees have raised concerns that a Medicare Advantage plan would provide less coverage and carry greater out-of-pocket costs than Senior Care.
The city had planned to incentivize retirees to switch to Medicare Advantage by requiring them to pay $191 a month to maintain their coverage under Senior Care. In a March decision on a lawsuit filed by retirees to stop the switch, state Supreme Court Judge Lyle Frank ruled the city can’t force retirees to pay for their current care.

Frank’s ruling threatened the viability of the switch as a cost-cutting device. By April, over 65,000 retirees had opted out of the Medicare Advantage plan — more than one out of every five retired employees.

The proposed legislation, endorsed by the mayor’s Office of Labor Relations and the unions’ Municipal Labor Committee, would change the text of the law that Frank based his ruling on to allow the city to force retirees to pay to maintain their current coverage.
The proposal is detailed in a letter from Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion to Harry Nespoli, chair of the Municipal Labor Committee, a coalition of city workers’ unions. The legislative change “would help ensure the parties have the necessary flexibility to obtain quality and affordable health insurance coverage for covered individuals,” the letter states. The letter also says that at least one plan for retirees would remain premium-free, as Senior Care currently is.

Frank’s ruling allowed the city to eliminate Senior Care entirely, but the city hasn’t given any indication that it is considering that step.
The Adams administration is appealing Frank’s ruling. But if the City Council adopts the Office of Labor Relation’s proposed legal change, then getting the ruling overturned might be unnecessary. “It’s an end run around the court decision, in a sense,” Croghan said.

The unresolved Medicare Advantage situation is likely to be a significant sticking point in upcoming contract negotiations between the unions and the city, City & State reported on Wednesday. If the unions think that their health care costs are likely to go up, they may ask for larger raises, which would cost billions of dollars. That could be an ask that the city is reluctant to grant, especially since current projections show it is already likely to face multi-billion-dollar budget gaps in upcoming years. Croghan predicted that the City Council will approve the proposed change. “It’s something that Adams wants, and now the Municipal Labor Committee says they want it too. Why would the City Council not go along with it?” he said.

Barzilay said that public opposition to the plan, which has been vocal in the past, could present an obstacle.
“There’ll be people testifying for it, and people testifying against it. It’s just a matter of who’s more persuasive to the City Council,” he said.

From the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees (as of September 1st)

This link is to bring awareness of the misguided information that is being disseminated.  You will read our reply to the UFT RTC Health Committee Chair.   We included his emails  for your reference. 

Grab a cup of coffee....  (or a bottle of wine!) 

This information brings out the "lies" perpetrated by the UFT and the Health Insurance Stabilization Fund.

The NYS Fraternal Order of Police has put out a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) about the latest Gun Control laws recently passed by New York State. Please keep in mind that as a retired Police Officer, many of these laws do not apply.

That report can be read HERE   Note Questions #17 & 25 as it relates to retired Police Officers.

August 4, 2022                                                     PENSION COST OF LIVING INCREASE

From Lou Hollander and Alan Berkowitz


The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for September 2022 through August 2023 benefit payments is 3%.

As a result, an eligible retired member with a maximum retirement benefit of $18,000 or more will receive a maximum increase of $45 per month beginning with the September 30, 2022 payment. (Eligible members receiving a maximum retirement benefit under $18,000 will receive a lesser monthly increase.)

This latest COLA brings the cumulative maximum monthly increase since COLA legislation was enacted in 2000 to $444 (see chart be- low).

New York's permanent, automatic COLA is designed to help offset inflation's adverse effects on the fixed retirement benefits of the state's public retirees. By law, the COLA can be no less than 1% and no more than 3% annually and is applied only to the first $18,000 of the retirement benefit. The COLA percentage is calculated by taking 50% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase from one March to the next and rounding up to the nearest tenth. The CPI increased 8.54% from March 2021 to March 2022.

To be eligible for a COLA, you must either be:
• · At least age 62 and retired at least five years; or,
• · At least age 55 and retired at least 10 years; or,
• · A retiree receiving a disability benefit for at least five years (regardless of age); or,
• · A surviving spouse of an eligible retiree receiving a lifetime benefit. (By law, the spouse receives an increase equal to one-half the COLA the retiree would have received.)

Retirees who become eligible for the COLA after September will receive their adjustment when first eligible.

That should be good for at least a tank of gas in your car.


President Mike Lanning and I, along with Dan McGowan and his wife Emily, and Associate member Eric Wollman, were among the few Transit Police Retirees Association members along with other City agency departments retirees who attended the special meeting sponsored by the NY 10-13 Club with special guest speaker Marianne Pizzitola from the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees.

It was somewhat disappointing that there was such a small turnout of retirees there.

Jay Finn, a 10-13 Club Officer, introduced Marianne and her colleague, Michelle Robbins, to a warm applause from the audience.

Marianne mentioned that their organization was getting negative comments from many labor unions that what the Organization was saying was wrong, When the unions were asked exactly what information was wrong, there was no response from them.

Marianne started with the history of the Health Insurance Stabilization Fund (HISF) that was formed many years ago to maintain the cost of health insurance plans for City workers.

In 2011, The Mayor, City Council members and labor leaders actively discussed ways to prevent the layoffs and cuts proposed to balance the budget in fiscal year 2012.

One option under consideration was to divert money from the HISF.  Ultimately, around 2014 or so, monies were "borrowed" from the Fund to settle a contract with the Teachers Union as they had been without a contract for several years.

From then on, and with no oversight in place, monies were taken from the HISF by the City and yet, there was no paying it back. This has led to the City now looking to offer a different medical plan to employees and retirees and to implement the current MAPP plan for Medicare eligible retirees in order to reduce costs. With the proposed MAPP, the City was to have saved approximately $600 million by passing the cost of coverage onto the Federal government. That money was “supposed” to be used for contracts and health plans and be added to the HISF.

With Supreme Court Justice Frank's decision in March of this year that the City cannot charge a monthly premium for Medicare eligible retirees who do not want the MAPP, the City had no choice but to set aside starting the plan. Immediately after the decision, the City filed an appeal that is scheduled to be heard some time in October. Along with this delay, Anthem Blue Cross tried to push the City to start the new health plan in January 2023, but they received negative response from NYC and as a result, pulled out of the plan.

The City is now in the process of finding another health insurance company to handle the benefits for the employees and retirees. It remains to be seen what that outcome will result in.

With this new snag in the City's plan, the website for Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has updated their website and has now removed the Opt-Out form. As to the co-pays and deductibles, it was said that these were put in place for the benefit of the insurance companies.

I asked the question about the PBA's court action against the Municipal Labor Council (MLC) where the PBA stated they are not part of the MLC and are not bound by their approval of the proposed MAPP. Marianne explained that when a union utilizes a benefit obtained by the MLC, they are part of it. It's not a matter of selective choices.

In the end, Marianne went on to say that the fight is still on and asks that we send out the call for donations to keep it going. In that respect, we do ask that our members, especially those on Medicare, to make a donation of any amount.

Please make out the check to NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees and mail it to
The Organization at PO Box 941, Venice FL 34284.

Other methods of donations can be found on their website www.nycretirees.org  

We hope this information has been helpful to our members and please spread the word to fellow retirees who may not have computer access.

Thank you and stay safe.


Mike Lanning, President, and your Executive Board.

This report will be sent out to our members in an email.

July 11, 2022                                           NEW CIGNA DENTAL PLAN FROM THE PBA & DEA
A new dental plan is being offered to members of the NYPD PBA and the DEA through CIGNA. As it appears, using an in-network provider would cover many procedures at no cost to the member. Out of network providers would normally charge a fee, place a claim for you and you would be responsible for the difference. A compelete explanation from the PBA can be viewed in this PDF


On Wednesday, July 6th, a special ceremony took place at the Pinelawn National Cemetery in Farmingdale Long Island for the internment of the ashes of (Ret. PO) Brendan “Joe” McGarry, his wife, Christine, and their son, James. Members of the State FOP, FOP Lodge 317, family and friends, and a contingent of the Patriot Guard Riders on their motorcycles were in attendance.

Flag bearers and all others stood at attention when the cemetery vehicle carrying the ashes pulled up at the ceremony site. They were placed on a stand with the American flag in front of the case with the U.S. Marine Corps plaque holding Joe’s ashes. Ret. TP Det. Eugene Hennigan, a deacon of the church where Joe and Christine attended, presided over the religious aspect. At the end, Taps were played, the urns were removed for internment and the ceremony was over.

Joe, Christine, and James were now together. May they Rest in Peace.

Photos taken at Pinelawn may be seen in this Power Point folder HERE

June 6, 2022                          LOU HOLLANDER AND BILL WOOD HONORED BY FLIGHT TO D.C. (correction)
I made an error describing the Honor Flight trip that Lou Hollander and Billy Wood recently took to Washington DC. Lou was kind enough to point out my error and gave me a better description of the event. - Tony

Lou Hollander and Billy Wood were selected by the Honor Flight Committee to take the trip to DC and to see the various memorials situated there, most notable The Vietnam Wall and the War Memorials. Lou mentioned that he was looking at the name on the Wall of a friend whom he grew up with. 

The Honor Flight Network is a national network of undependant hubs working together to honor our nation's veterans with an all-expenses paid trip to the memorials in Washington DC, a trip many of our veterans may not otherwise be able to take. Participation in an Honor Flight trip gives veterans the chance to share this momentous trip with other veterans, to remember friends and comrades lost, and share their stories and experiences with each other.

Attached is a short rendition and photos by Lou of his trip to Washington, DC that can be read here: HERE

Well done and thank you all for your services.

May 27, 2022                              NYPD DEA HONORS THE LATE TRANSIT DET. GEORGE CACCAVALE

Our 1st VP, Bob Valentino, along with Ret. D/Sgt. Fred Ametrano attended a ceremony honoring the late Transit Det. George Caccavale who was killed during a robbery. DEA President Paul DiGiacomo Jr., honored George's daughter, Carla Caccavale with plaques and to Bobby and Fred also. Freddie was at the scene at the time of the killing of George Caccavale.

The YouTube video can be seen here:      https://youtu.be/gqCrs29BWGI

May 14, 2022                                                  REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING


Thanks to our 2nd VP Vincent DiMaio for this report.

7:15 PM First Vice Pres. Bob Valentino called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pres. Mike Lanning and his wife Doris are not present because they’re out sick with Covid 19, as was Recording Secretary Bob Forrester and his wife Frances not present due to Bob having a recent knee replacement surgery and is currently in rehab.

Treasurer Tony Lomanto read a list of those members who have passed away since the last meeting and had a moment of silence for them, any family members passing, fellow Police Officers in the country killed in the line of duty and all serving servicemen & women.           

Bob Valentino urged members to donate to the Public Employee Organization that is fighting to keep our current medical plans. He also mentioned the following functions at Verdi’s:  Bowling Dinner, Friday, June 10, “The Happenings” who sang “See You in September” will be there. Saturday, October 1, Black Patch Sports Award Luncheon 12:30 to 4:00 PM, and our Christmas/Holiday Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.

Bob also said that we should all sign up for emails from Louie Hollander, as they are very informative, and mentioned the Police Memorial at the NYS FOP HQ that took place on May 7, which was cold and rainy. State FOP President Mike Essig paid homage to Joe McGarry who was remembered for all his service to the FOP. At this meeting, we all raised a toast to Joe.
Lou can be contacted at keystonecop1@verizon.net

At this meeting, Bobby Valentino mentioned that one of our members present, Ret. Capt. Bob Kent, recently underwent heart surgery. Bob explained that he always felt he was in good health until it hit him. Thankfully, he came through and is recovering and we wished him well.           

Tony Lomanto spoke about Medicare Advantage Plan. Everything is on hold at this time. Judge Frank ruled that NYC cannot impose a premium on the GHI/Senior Care plan if you wish to keep what you have as it is contrary to the NYC Administrative Code of free health care for life. At this time, approximately 60,000 NYC Medicare eligible retirees so far have opted out of the MAP, representing a major loss to the City who anticipated $600,000,000 (million) reimbursement from Medicare. You can still Opt-Out and forms were available at the meeting or you can complete the form electronically at this Link https://nyc-ma-plus.empireblue.com/optout

The City appealed the decision of the court, and the case comes up in September. As for deductibles and co-pays, they were not mentioned in the court decision and will remain in effect until further notice.

Executive Secretary Deo Fasolino reminded members to check if your dentist is a member of the new PBA CIGNA Dental Plan which starts July 1st before switching plans.

Legislative Chairman Tony Piazza, spoke on the Variable Supplement Fund update.  He wrote a letter to Mayor Adams about Home Rule and requesting support for the bills, So far, we have not received a reply. which is needed to move forward with the VSF effort. Tony said that Home Rule should not be necessary as we worked for a State agency and not the City of New York. At present, they are still in committee and the feeling is that any bills relating to police are not looked upon favorably. That and the fact that many legislators are not in their offices but rather handling legislation by Zoom or other digital "work from home" methods. The current legislation ends in June so if our bills don't even get to the floor or the issue of "Home Rule" isn't resolved, they are dead.

Sgt-at-Arms Tommy Greer spoke about Mets/Yankees Game. Tickets which are still available for $160.00 each. The seats are in the same location as last year - City Field, Section 129, July 27, 2022, 7:00 to 10:00 PM.           

Member Vinny Monfredo and his guest, Ret. NYS Trooper Steve Colano spoke about Dr. Vick Pamoukian, MD, who is a Vascular Surgeon and is providing free testing on May 21, 2022, at 400 So. Oyster Bay Road, Suite 205, Hicksville, NY, 10:00 to 4:00 PM. See the flyer on the Meetings & Events page. The doctor was at our March meeting and explained what will be done at the screening for carotid and leg circulation. Bring your ID, insurance card and comfortable clothes. A reminder will be sent out via e-mails to the members and check it out on the Meetings & Events page.

Tony Lomanto then introduced Robin Becker, the new President of FOP Lodge 317. She mentioned the next lodge meeting Thursday, May 12 at K of C Floral Park, NY at 7:00 PM.

The next meeting will be at Verdi’s, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.

The 50/50 drawing was held with member Bill Wiese donating his winnings back to the association.

9:00 PM the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Vincent R. Di Maio
Second Vice President

Thanks to Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net for sending this out

The latest information regarding the NYC proposed Medicare Advantage Plan Program (MAPP) can be seen HERE
There is very good information from Medicare as to proper health coverage from these Advantage plans.

                                                         LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR VSF FROM NYPD DEA

Photos from the funeral of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Brendan 'Joe' McGarry can be viewed HERE 
and the video I took can be seen on You Tube by clicking on this link:  

Talk about a "small world."  We received a recent email from member Kevin Costigan who told us that his son, Father Christopher Costigan, who is the Pastor of the church where the funeral mass was held for Joe McGarry, St. Martin of Tours, in Bethpage, Long Island, was to perform the mass yesterday and he gave a very warm eulogy for Joe..

Photos from the Staten Island Lunch Bunch can be viewed 

The letter of support form the NYPD DEA can be viewed HERE

April 2, 2022                             VERY GOOD INFORMATION FROM THE CHARLOTTE NC 10-013 CLUB

Thanks to Alan Berkowitz berky4@aol.com for forwardng this information.

The full newsletter from the North Carolina NYPD 10-13 Club can be viewed here: 

There is some very good information regarding catastrophic medical costs included in their newsletter.

March 19, 2022                                          REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Report of the March membership meeting from Recording Sect'y Bob Forrester, with assistance from his able wife, Fran:


The meeting was held at Verdis Caterers in Westbury, Long Island, and we had approximately 60 members attending.


The meeting was called to order by President Lanning with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Treasurer Tony Lomanto read off the names of 35 fellow retirees who were reported passed away since our last meeting in December.


Member Vincent Monfredo brought a guest speaker, Dr. Vic Pamoukian, a vascular surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Queens, and Hicksville, and is offering vascular screening to all our members and their family members. He will be setting up a meeting in May at a location to be announced at the membership meeting on May 11th at Spuntino’s Restaurant in Williston Park.


Though absent for a court appearance (he's still an active NCPD officer), Sgt-at-Arms Tom Greer has purchased 200 tickets for the Mets-Yankees baseball game scheduled for July 27th at 7:10PM. The seats will again be in the same location as in 2021 - Section 129 by the 3rd base line. If interested, you must call Tom at 631-902-8911 or email at hpb2270@optonline.net  The cost per ticket this year will be $160, which, like everything else, has gone up in cost.


Treasurer Tony Lomanto spoke at length of the latest news regarding the proposed Alliance Medicare Advantage Plan the City of NY intends to have in place for retirees on Medicare. As reported, Judge Frank ruled the City cannot impose a cost to the retirees to remain in their current plan and the City, in response, stopped the plan's start date of April 1st and also filed an appeal in court.

We will be informing our members with whatever decision is made in court. So, as of now, you will remain in your current plan, not pay a premium, but you will be paying the deductible and co-pays. The organization of service retirees who filed the court action still advises retirees to OPT-OUT of joining the MAP. The current telephone number of the Alliance program at this time has a recording that it is not necessary to OPT-OUT since the plan will not go into effect April 1st.

Despite that, and from past history in dealing with NYC, it is recommended you file an OPT-OUT form if you have not done so before. The form is available if you click on the "OPT OUT" link below in the posting of March 8th. Follow the instructions to complete the form (one for yourself and one for each dependent) and send it by certified mail or electronically at the website shown.

Tony also mentioned that the latest edition of our great newsletter, "Beyond the Line," will be going to the mailer on Monday, March 21st and should be in your hands within the next 2-3 weeks. It will be a big 48-page issue full of photos and letters.

We would also like to point out the great number of donors who contributed to the Association and we thank them very much for their generosity. Remember, the newsletter only goes out to PAID members, so if you still haven't sent in the dues for 2022, please do so now. We don’t want you to miss a copy of this great paper.


Congratulations and best wishes were given to Rita and Ron DiMao celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary. Way to go, guys!!!


Larry Lombardo spoke of the Breakfast Communion Mass being celebrated on April 24th honoring, among others, Police Officer Irma Lozada. Full details can be found on the Meetings and Events page. Executive Sec'ty Deo Fasolino made a motion which was seconded to have the Association pay for 4 members to attend the event. They will be Ron DiMaio, John Asti, and Carmella and Al Pelliccia.


Deo also spoke of how the laws have changed regarding safe deposit boxes and gun permits when you have a spouse. Deo went through this after his wife, Barbara, passed away last year.


Legislative Chairman Tony Piazza spoke of the current status of the VSF. He reported that we still have bills in Albany and that at present, there are only about 300 TPD retirees eligible for the VSF.


The 50/50 raffle was held and there being no new business, the meeting was adjourned.


Our thanks to Alan Berkowitz 
berky4@aol.com for sending this out.

Reading Judge Frank's decision after receiving oral arguments from both sides, it appears to us, and please correct us if we are wrong, but he specifically will not allow the City to have retirees who elected to OPT-OUT and remain on their current plan which, in most cases, is the Emblem Health/GHI Senior Care plan, to pay the $191.57 monthly premium for each retiree & dependent. He also stipulated that the City's Medicare Advantage Plan will go into effect April 1st, 2022 and if one has elected to be in it, they can now elect to get out of it in the first 3 months and go back to their previous plan. Also, you cannot be charged the $253 deductible for each plan. That is, if you started with Senior Care and went into the City plan then decided to go back to Senior Care, you would not start with a new deductible.

For further information, you can read the entire judgement HERE

From the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees <NYCorgOfPublicServiceRetirees@gmail.com>

If you want to remain in your current plan and NOT go into the City MAP, you MUST OPT-OUT now. Have you Opted Out and did NOT receive a confirmation letter?  If so, please contact the Alliance Hotline, 1-833-325-1190 and ask for a confirmation letter mailed or an email.  
This includes all retirees that opted out early in September and October!  You must confirm they opted you out and request proof they received it.  You must submit one form for yourself and one for your dependents.

YOU MUST OPT OUT ASAP.  If you need help please go to our website:  OPT OUT   


From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

A few of our snowbird friends were down to spend a couple of months in the Sunshine State so we decided to put together a R.O.M.E.O.  We had about 21 guys in attendance, and we had a great time being with old friends.  As you have seen on too many occasions in my emails, I put out obituaries of someone you have worked with and haven’t seen them in decades. 

Many years of your life was spent working with them and life is passing us by fast. Try to make it a point in getting together with guys/gals you used to work with and reminisce the good old days on the job.

Keep the Spirit of the Transit Police Alive.  You can view the photos from the Tampa by clicking on the .PDF attachment HERE

January 26, 2022                            THANK YOU LETTER FROM NYPD DEA PRESIDENT PAUL DI GIACOMO
We received the following letter from NYPD DEA President Paul DiGiacomo, thanking us for honoring him at our Christmas & Holiday party in December.
 If you don;t know Paul, his father, Paul Sr., was a Transit Police Officer who worked in District 34 for many years. I grew up with his dad in Brooklyn and worked with him in 34 for many years.
I also remember when Paul Jr. was a Housing Police Officer working in Coney Island back in the '80s. He has always been very helpful to members of this association and department for many years.


December 19, 2021                                   PHOTOS FROM THE 2021 CHRISTMAS PARTY
You can view the photos taken at the Christmas & Holiday party HERE

December 1, 2021                                                         PHOTOS FROM THE NY REUNION

We want to thank Lou Hollander for putting all the photos he and I took at the NY Reunion into a format that anyone can view. It saves a lot of time not having to save each photo then having to upload them to the server. Lou did it in PowerPoint then saved it as a PDF file. They can be viewed HERE 

Thanks, Lou!

October 9, 2021                                                           OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thanks to our Recording Secretary Bob Forrester and his lovely wife, Fran, for this report

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 harm's way.

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 at night.

The next issue of "Beyond the Line" is now at the printer's and will be at the mailer on Tuesday the 12th, to be mailed out. Please keep in mind with the current postal slowdown on deliveries, and since the issues are not first-class, that makes it for even longer delivery times.
Executive Secretary Deo Fasolino mentioned that he sees many retired Transit Police Officers writing on Facebook and ending with "Transit Police Forever" and suggested they be contacted and asked to join the 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 needs.

The drug plan was also discussed and it is advised you do not take out the drug rider unless necessary, as a drug plan is available through the line organizations. 

We then gave a round of applause to our Financial Secretary, Greg Stripp, who does a grand job at the door.

After a delicious lunch, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50 pm.

Bob Forrester

September 12, 2021                             REPORT OF THE SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The first membership meeting of 2021 took place on September 8th at Verdi's Caterers in Westbury NY. It was well attended with over 90 members present.

President Mike Lanning called the meeting to order at 1:05 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Treasurer Tony Lomanto thanked everyone for attending the meeting.  He advised since our last meeting that sadly we lost 146 members, both to COVID and other health reasons.  The 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 guidelines. 

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 information.

Members enjoyed a delicious lunch after the meeting.

Meeting ended at 3;05 pm,

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Forrester


            Street re-naming sign                                                     Ceremony gathering            

   John Rini, Fred Ametrano, Ron DiMaio, Charles McCray      Ron Kearney, Rabbi Berkowitz, Tony Lomanto

      Mark Lipra, Ron Kearney, Bob Betz 

                                    DeMarino Family                                 Bob Ganley (c) next to Mrs. DeMarino

September 3, 2020                                                            TRANSIT ROCKS AGAIN !!

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

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.


Our many thanks to PO Bazile (who has since retired) for sending us this information on renewing your Transit ID card that is expired or nearing expiration.

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

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

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

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

UPDATE  At this time, renewals will also be accepted from members living in NY. Please follow the guidelines above.
Be well and keep collecting those retirement checks.

POs Frank Pena and Willie Miranda or  TBHQPersonnel@nypd.org

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

March 5, 2020                             VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR PTL. MICHAEL MELCHIONA MEMORIAL MASS

Henry Melchiona contacted us to inform all our members and fellow officers that a professional video was made of the 50th Anniversary Memorial Mass for Hank's brother, Ptl. Michael Melchiona, celebrated this past February 28th.

The video is of excellent quality. Lou Hollander converted it to a YouTube Video which can be viewed on your Smart TV if you have the YouTube app. If you view it on your PC or tablet you can view it in full screen.  I hope you enjoyed watching the video as much as I did.

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

Here are some photos from the Mass:

                 John Moakley & Henry Melchiona                                                           Tony Lomanto, Henry Melchiona & Mike Lanning

         ?, Henry Melchiona, NYPD Comm. Shea, Henry's son                                      Melchiona family & friends gather at end of Mass

              Tony Lomanto doing a Reading during the Mass                                      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


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 www.st.nj.us/treasury/taxation/military/vetexemption.shtml 


From Lou Hollander, Sal Napolitano & Tony Lomanto

The Memorial Ceremony for Ptl. Mike Melchiona was a well attended event with Ret. P.O. Henry Melchiona and his family, NYPD Chief of the Department Terence Monahan, Admin. Chief Bob Ganley, TA President Andy Byford, District 1 CO Capt. O'Sullivan, former Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, PBA President Pat Lynch, a contingent of Officers from Suffolk County PD, and other NYPD uniformed ranks and the NYPD COlor Guard and Band contingents.

From Sal Napolitano::
Today was the long overdue recognition for Mike Melchiona who was killed in the line of duty on the 50th St & Broadway IRT subway station on February 28, 1970.  A brass plaque will be mounted on that station in Mike's memory.

I was speaking with Mike’s brother, Henry, this evening who told me that he and his family were overwhelmed by this tribute and the number of retirees, active police officers, Chiefs, former Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, and other ranking officers, PBA Pat Lynch, Deputy Commissioner Bob Ganley, and the MTA President were in attendance. Also, in attendance were Pipes & Drums. K-9 Units and police officers from various police departments from the NY & NJ area. There were many Suffolk County Police officers including Henry’s son and nephew who are both detectives with the SCPD.  After the dedication the PBA provided a luncheon in District 1 for all the attendees and guests. This was a very proud moment for the entire Melchiona family.

The Melchiona Family