March 13, 2019

Sick Desk


PBA 212-298-9100  New address: 125 Broad Street, 11th Floor, New York City NY 10004-2400
DEA General Office 212- 587-1000
DEA Benefits 212- 587-9120
SBA 212- 431-6555
SOC 212- 964-7500
NYPD Pension Section  212-693-5100   NOTE:

The NYPD Payroll Section has moved from 1 Police Plaza to 90 Church Street, 12th Floor, NYC, NY 10007. 
Retirees who need to update their address with the
Department should send a notarized letter to the corrected address.

NYC Employees Health Benefits 212- 513-0470
NYC Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) 347- 643-3000
Notification of death of retiree 646-610-5580

Social Security 1-800-772-1213
Empire Blue Cross  1-800-433-9592
Medicare Part "B"  1-800-333-7586
Caremark (Prescriptions)  1-877-722-7911
Advance RX.com  1-888-266-5691


As of 03-13-19, the machine is still out of order. A new one has been installed but has software problems. Our Bob Ganley is on top of this problem and is working hard to correct it. He will notify us when it will be in operation again.

Contact P.O. Bazile 1-718-694-3671 in Transit Bureau Personnel. He handles Transit and Housing Police retirees. 

It is located at 130 Livingston Street, Brooklyn NY 11201-5106

Call 6-8 weeks before, and FAX or email your old ID card along with your driver's license, your name, address and phone number.
He will do a background check, to insure no arrests. 2 weeks prior, call him for appointment.



All members of the force, regardless of what department they retired from, are now eligible for the Metro Pass. They must have completed 20 years as a Transit Police Officer prior to the merge. All requests must be made by appointment and only through the Transit Authority's pass unit now located at 180 Livingston Street, 5th floor, Brooklyn, NY. Call them at (347) 643-8312 / 8310.  The office is open from 8:30AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

Here's how to contact departments in the Employee Benefits Program

Office of Labor Relations

40 Rector Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 306-7200 (General Information)
Fax: (212) 306-7202


Health Benefits Program - Retiree Inquiries Only*

40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 513-0470
Fax: (212) 306-7756
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7753
Office hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

* Active employees should contact their agency representatives.

NYC Employee Assistance Program

250 Broadway, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 306-7660
Fax: (212) 306-7666
Office hours: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Email: eap@olr.nyc.gov

Deferred Compensation Plan

Customer Service Center: 22 Cortlandt Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007

Please direct all written inquiries/correspondence to the following mailing address:

New York City Deferred Compensation Plan
Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 93
New York, NY 10274-0093

Phone: (212) 306-7760
Outside NYC: (888) DCP-3113 (888-327-3113)
Fax: (212) 306-7376
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7707
Office hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  Appointments are available 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Flexible Spending Accounts Program

Customer Service Center: 22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10007

Please direct all written inquiries/correspondence and claims to the following mailing address:

New York City Flexible Spending Accounts Program
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 707
New York, NY 10274

Phone: (212) 306-7760
Fax: (212) 306-7376
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7707
Office hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For questions about the MSC Buy-Out Waiver Program, please call:  (212) 306-7507.


Management Benefits Fund

Customer Service Center: 22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10007

Please direct all written inquiries/correspondence to the following mailing address:

New York City Management Benefits Fund
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 707
New York, NY 10274

Phone: (212) 306-7290
Outside NYC: (888) 4000MBF (888-400-0623)
Fax: (212) 306-7353
TTY (hearing impaired): (212) 306-7629
Office hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Financial Planning Center

Worksite Seminar Request - Agency Benefit Reps Only*

Agency Benefit Representatives can contact the Financial Planning Center to arrange for a seminar to be held at one of their Agency worksites.


March 13, 2019                                                                         HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO A LOVELY COUPLE

Thanks to Exec. Sec't'y' John Giangrasso for bringing this to our attention.

March 13. 2019                                                        CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR HIS SAFETY

From Alan Berkowitz berky4@aol.com

My future son in law graduated from the Palm Beach Fire Rescue Academy on Thursday. He entered a family of former first responders.

June 5, 2018                                                                             CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE

Sent to us by Lou Hollander and John Giangrasso

The following article appeared in the June 3rd edition of Newsday. Our heartfelt congratulations to Willa and Lamar.


April 30, 2018                                         RET. P.O. STEVE DINKO PROUD OF HIS TWO CHILDREN IN TRANSIT BUREAU
Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Steve Dinko, sent in the annual dues for his son, Active NYPD Sgt. Stephen C. Dinko, and was very proud to let us know that Steve is now in the Transit K-9 Unit and his daughter, P.O. Justina Dinko,  is in Transit District 20 and also plays in the NYPD Band.  All our best wishes for their successful future and safety.

April 14, 2018                                                      LONG ISLAND ROMEO & JULIET SPRING LUNCHEON A SUCCESS

Vinnie Servedio performed another successful event with the Long Island ROMEO & JULIET luncheon on April 11th. It turned out to be a well attended affair in which we all had a very good time. But this time, instead of another trivia contest of The Honeymooners, questions of which he dug up God knows where, he brought in a Roulette wheel and passed around numbered chips to the persons attending. As a croupier, Vinnie had a difficult time trying to roll the ball around the wheel, but he survived the ordeal and all had a great fun time. All the winners won a bottle of wine.

Here are a few photos of the group:





March 24, 2018                                                                               FIRM OF BERKOWITZ & BERKOWITZ

Rabbi Berkowitz recently visited Florida for the Shomrim Society gathering and met with Alan Berkowitz when this photo was taken. Alan didn't indicate who the other members are.

February 22, 2018                                      ARTICLE ABOUT BOBBY RITTMEYER’S GRANDSON

This story is about Bob Rittmeyer’s grandson. It was published in today’s Newsday, February 22nd.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Rob O’Gara brought an AHL reputation as a dependable defensive defenseman out on the ice for his first practice in a blue Rangers jersey Wednesday. But his new coach found fault with one thing — the rookie’s old pledge of allegiance.
“He’s got one major flaw: I guess he was a big Islander fan growing up,” Alain Vigneault said, smiling. “We’re going to have to work on that. I talked to him about that this morning.”
The 24-year-old former Yale star was born in Islanders country and attended games at Nassau Coliseum. His dad, Brian, was a die-hard fan who worked across the street. Still does, O’Gara said.
But the rebuilding Rangers acquired the 6-4, 215-pound O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder from Boston Tuesday in exchange for veteran defenseman Nick Holden. O’Gara will make his debut Thursday night in Montreal.
“It was a little bit of a shock at first,” O’Gara said, “but then a lot of excitement, talking to family, friends.”
He came with several Long Island ties. O’Gara was born in Massapequa and spent his first few years there, but he grew up primarily in Nesconset. He attended Smithtown East High School for three years and was with the Long Island Royals’ travel program out of Kings Park from ages 13-16 after falling in love with hockey while watching the Islanders in Uniondale.
“But right now I’m a Ranger fan,” O’Gara said.
The Bruins drafted him in the fifth round in 2011. O’Gara played mostly with Providence in the AHL after turning pro late in the 2015-16 season. He did play three games with Boston last season and eight games early this season. But the organization was stocked defensively. So O’Gara is happy to get this opportunity.
It’s no secret that there is one,” O’Gara said. “There’s time here to prove myself. It’s a clean slate.”
The lefty will start out being paired with John Gilmour.
“[O’Gara is] a young player trying to find his way in the NHL,” Vigneault said. “We’re going to give him an opportunity here to show what he can do.”
O’Gara remembers watching his Islanders favorites, Kenny Jonsson and Brad Isbister, and the Coliseum just being “a special place as a kid.”
So he said putting on the Rangers’ practice jersey was “a little bit [surreal], but it’s a job. It’s an honor to wear this, any sweater in the NHL, but the story behind this is incredible, even though I wasn’t a fan of it as a kid. It’s really special.”

Good luck, Rob, and remember...you come from a Transit Family!

February 20, 2018                                      LOU HOLLANDER GREETS VISITORS IN FLORIDA                      

From Lou Hollander:


Barbara and I spent a great afternoon at Cody’s Roadhouse yesterday afternoon with great friends who are vacationing in Florida for a few weeks. 
Stanley & Suzie White & Billy and Ann Eller.  We enjoyed a nice meal, a few beers and lots of laughs.

August 6, 2017                                                           ANOTHER PROUD GRANDFATHER

I am very happy and proud to report that my 16 year old grandson, Steffen Kulp (in the yellow outline) who plays the French Horn, along with the NJ Youth Symphony, recently performed in the Worldwide Youth Orchestra Competition held in Vienna, Austria. Competing against many foreign country youth symphonies, they came in First Place - Outstanding Success. He is also an Eagle Scout, achieving that award at 14 years old.-  Tony

That's him in the 2nd to last row, fourth from left wearing glasses.

July 22, 2017                                                        LEE WINTERS KEEPS BLOGGING ALONG

Brothers and Sisters,

After a long career of protecting and serving I’ve found that I made a wrong turn back in 1966. That was in deciding to work as a Transit Cop.

Yes, I decided to protect and serve in the stink and grime of the subway when I could have chosen to do this. Maybe next time:


Be well,
Lee leewinters@verizon.net 

I enjoyed reading Lee's blog and his great photos. I also mentioned that Long Beach Lifegaurds do not have a VSF. - Tony

July 17, 2017                                        WAYNE AND KAREN HOWARD BECOME FIRST TIME GRANDPARENTS

From Lou Hollander:


Hi Louie,


I'm sorry I didn't get to the reunion again this year, I'm hopeful next year we can make it. I really miss seeing old friends and catching up.


I know you always welcome good news as we too often have to share sad news. On March 5th Karen and I became first time grandparents!!! My son Chris and his wife Glennys gave birth to Angelica Marie Howard. All are doing great and we're adjusting well to the joys of a baby to love without the sleepless nights!!! We are also enjoying listening to my son complain about how much a baby costs and not getting much sleep....it all comes full circle...lol. I hope all is well with you and our extended Florida family.


Talk to you soon,





Congratulations can be sent to Wayne and Karen at whoward8@aol.com 


Congratulations  and our best wishes to Angelica, the proud parents and the proud grandparents 

June 24, 2017                                         ANYONE WANT FISH FOR DINNER????

So what's all this hoop-a-la about how great the fishing is in Florida? The stripped bass I'm holding is 36 lbs. We left the dock at 6 AM, netted bait and arrived at the "spot" about 7:15. By 8 we had our legal limit (plus) and we headed home. (This was out of the marina in Great Kills, Staten Island)


Artie Giammarino  GBA KGA

A nice little fun trip to find fish for the upcoming weekend.  As you can see we found them and the next few days should be good as long as the weather holds.  All fish over 20lbs.  Many releases.  The 3 largest were in the mid-thirties.  Sold out through Sunday.  May do an evening trip if the weather allows.

April 17, 2017                                   BILL MC KECHNIE'S GRANDSON EXCELS IN LACROSSE

Danny Murphy is the grandson of a very proud Bill McKechnie. Congratulations!!!

MEDFORD - The 2017 Tufts University men's lacrosse team is off to the best start in program history at 11-0. Sophomore Danny Murphy helped the Jumbos reach that milestone with a NESCAC Player of the Week performance in the last two games.

In a 22-13 win over Williams College last Wednesday (Apr. 5) and a 18-6 victory against Hamilton College on Saturday (Apr. 8), Murphy scored 11 goals with seven assists for 18 points to lead the Jumbos offensively. Improving to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference with the victories, the team surpassed the 10-0 starts by the 2010 and 2015 Jumbo teams as the best in school history.

Murphy was also the leading contributor to two long scoring runs that propelled Tufts to victory in both games. Against Wiliams, he had six goals and two assists overall including four tallies and both assists while Tufts took a 13-3 lead in the game. Versus Hamilton, Murphy's four goals and two assists led an early 11-0 Jumbo run that gave them a 13-1 advantage. He finished the game with five goals and four assists.

This is Murphy's first NESCAC Player of the Week honor, and the first for the Jumbos this season. He leads NESCAC in scoring with 61 points on 35 goals and a conference-best 26 assists. He has 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in six NESCAC games.

On a veteran Jumbo team last season, Murphy played in just six games scoring three goals with an assist as a freshman. Now he is a leader of a Jumbo offense that is first in NESCAC with 18.09 goals scored per game.

April 9, 2017                                                            RET. SGT. LARRY LOMBARDO RECEIVES AWARD
Congratulations are in order for our member, Ret. Sgt. Larry Lombardo, who recently received the "Member of the Year" award from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #100. Nice work, Larry, and we are sure it is well deserved for all you do.