June 24, 2017

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
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


Updated information for Transit Police ID card renewals

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.


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.

September 21, 2016                         TRANSIT AT RECENT 911 MEMORIALS and NEWS FROM BOB RITTMEYER 

From Lou Hollander Keystonecop1@verizon.net

Received from Bill Sorrentino beachlaw@cfl.rr.com

Every year my wife and I participate in the 9/11 ceremony at Hero's Park in Palm Coast. I am a flag bearer and she represents the U.S. Coast Guard with laying a wreath at the Military memorial. This year I was selected to assist with the placing of a wreath next to the law enforcement memorial.


Flagler County Sheriff's Office Commander Chris Sepe, left, and Ret. NYCTPD Officer Bill Sorrentino present the wreath at the law enforcement memorial at the City of Palm Coast's Fallen Heroes 2016 9/11 Ceremony.

Ret. Det. Artie Giammarino at the 911 Memorial in Port Richey FL



I am told by Bobby that he will not know until Friday if his grandson will make the draft with the Boston Bruins. Bob Rittmyers email address is RRittm1031@aol.com

September 18, 2016                          HAPPY NEWS FROM RET.  P.O. WAYNE HOWARD

In response to an e-mail from Lou Hollander expressing his feelings when receiving so many reports of illnesses and deaths of our fellow officers, Ret. P.O. Wayne Howard sent Lou this very lifting email.

You absolutely right Louie... I'm going to support you in your effort to promote happy times in our retirement. Attached you will find a picture of me, Tony Repeti, Barbara Van Cook, and my wife Karen, on our way to Freeport LI to watch Sunday football at an outside place and enjoy the late summer weather.  The next picture is me ,Kevin (Skippy) Grant, Gene Isnardi and Kevin's sister (can't remember her name) grabbing a beer while down at the Jersey shore visiting Jimmy O and other Transit brothers and sisters from the area. Louie I can't thank you enough for all your hard work over the years and for keeping Transit alive. I really miss coming down to the reunion but work and poorly timed Heath issues has kept me away. I am hopeful that soon I will be able to come down and resume the debauchery. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Love you Brother

Lou, you had every right to vent your feelings, especially when these sad notices are on the increase as we all get older with our aging ailments. You deserve no other honorable name other than "The Gatekeeper." - Tony

May 12, 2016                               RET. P.O. BOB RITTMEYER BRIMMING WITH DELIGHT

 My Grandson Rob was just signed by the Boston Bruins -- Very Proud   --------- Good Luck to Mickey Perez and his great hockey playing grandson too !!!  

Thanks,  Bob Rittmeyer ( I can't even ice skate )

March 22, 2016                         RET. P. O. FRANK ARCATI IS A VERY PROUD PAPA

I am proud as punch and extremely happy to announce that my son, Paul Francis Arcati, as an 18 year veteran of the NEW YORK STATE COURT OFFICERS DEPARTMENT, and who has been serving in the Staten Island Island Court-house for about 15 years, was this past week, promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to MAJOR. 

God bless him and all of other police officers. Transit Cops were, are, and always will be, "Tops."

Frank Arcati, Oceanside CA.

Congratulations to you, Frank, and to your son on his promotion. All our best wishes for a successful career. 


Kevin Matthews with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly at book signing in Huntington.


December 1, 2015                             HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS

Kevin Matthews sent us the following happy news.

Ret. Sgt. John Reeves and his wife,  Rose Marie, just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Our heartiest congratulations to the lovely couple. May their happiness together go on for
many more years


L-R Dan Carmody, ?, Mike Curley, Bill Loperfido

Dan is 2nd from left (seated) far right (seated) is Jim McAllister. Seated in 2nd row is Calvin Glass in middle and in background is Sgt. Young and Lt. Kinsbrunner

Graduation Day, April 18, 1963

January 31, 2015             REV. JOHN DE MEIS ("JOHN THE COP") CELEBRATES
                                                    65 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

Ret. P.O., Rev. John De Meis (aka "John the Cop") and his lovely wife, Rita, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in Staten Island.

Check the website on their celebration:

Congratulations can be sent to John at Italogreek@aol.com

Our hearty congratulations to the happy couple. May they continue their marriage in health and happiness.


Just the other week, Alan Berkowitz and his lovely wife, Robin, spent a vacation in New York City. If you are not working, do you still call it a vacation???? Anyway, they found themselves in a restaurant named the 46 St STATION HOUSE BAR. As Alan puts it:

My wife and I checked out the Station House Bar in Manhattan we were very impressed! I was standing in front of a vintage RMP!

Click on link to see youtube video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swHJtBS6YvA


My wife, Rita, and I would like to announce the birth of our new granddaughter, Brianna Teresa, on July 30th, at 8 lbs and 5 oz., by their daughter, Lauren, and son-in-law, Tom.


Thank you,


April 26, 2014             BILL MC KECHNIE WINS THE GREEN JACKET

Every year the guys I golf with go away for a three day tournament, the winner of which gets a trophy and the green jacket.
I am proud to announce that I was this year’s winner. Attached is me with the jacket and trophy.

Congrats to Bill can be sent to cablaws1255@bellsouth.net

Nice going, Bill. Now on to the Reunion tournament!!

March 27, 2014              PROUD GRANDPARENTS.....AGAIN!

Executive Secretary Vincent R. Di Maio and wife Rita wish to announce the birth of their new grandson, Joseph Raymond, on February 21st., to their son Raymond and his wife Kendra.

Our best wishes and congratulations to the DiMaio family.

October 26, 2013                    TRANSIT RESPONDS TO OFFICER ASSIST CALL

Ret. P.O. John Giangrasso reporting:

On Oct. 13, 2013 at approx.1930 Hrs. Retired PO Robert Geary was wed to Rose Ann Ferreiro at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook N.Y.
A contingent of The Retired Transit Police Officers Association was on hand to assist. The wedding ceremony was beautiful and was
followed by a lavish Cocktail Hour, a wonderful dinner, the Wedding cake, a Viennese Hour & Table of Candy.

As we left, I heard a voice from the past talking to the Assignment Desk saying: " CONDITION NORMAL"

Center Bob Geary with his wife Rose Ann. Tony Piazza on the left and on the right John Mc Cue (former TP left early for the Street} 
Top Left. John Giangrasso, Deo Fasolino, Henry Smith.