Once again the organization will be sponsoring the annual meeting between the Mets and the Yankees at Citi field. Tickets this year are for July 2, 2019. 7:10 pm game. No increase in price from last year. $113 in the first base side baseline box.
Anyone interested can mail me a check to 508 Harbor Rd Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724. This includes a pregame on field photo. Call me for any info you may need. 631-902-8911. Or 516-419-6146. Thank you, Tom
Get those orders in fast. Last year all tickets were sold out and everyone who went said they had a great time. We thank Tom for all his hard work in acquiring those tickets.
November 28, 2018 LATEST ISSUE OF OUR NEWSLETTER IS IN THE MAIL
We are proud to let you know that the latest issue of our newsletter "Beyond the Line" has been mailed out and already we are receiving the 2019 dues from the members using the application in the issue. Added to that are the many compliments we have received both as emails and phone calls to Frank Crisa and myself and we thank you for those compliments.
Frank again came across as the master of his art and we wish him well.
November 16, 2018 ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NEW YORK REUNION
Through the tireless work of Marilyn Scahill and Paul Murphy, another NY Reunion was an outstanding success and we congratulate them. Here are a few photos taken at the affair:
November 9, 2018 REPORT OF NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
From Recording Secretary Bob Forrester:
The first meeting since Ed Russo's passing was ably conducted by our new President, Mike Lanning. The meeting was called to order and Mike led the pledge of Allegiance. Tony Lomanto read the names of those who passed away since our last meeting in October and reported that since January 1st of this year, 56 fellow officers that we know of, passed away. There was a moment of silence for them, their families, those on the Sick List and all those in Law Enforcement and our Armed Forces serving in harm's way.
The floral display is the one from Ed Russo's wake
We had a guest speaker, Bob Vessichelli from PSE&G, the utility service on Long Island, who gave a video and talk on the many possibilities that exist out there for scamming the public, and mostly senior citizens. Bob is a retired Suffolk County Detective and is in the security section of the utility company that handles the many phone scams their customers receive. Many members present have experienced the many phone call scams alleged to be from the IRS, Microsoft, solar panel companies, and even those alleging pleas for money from "grandchildren" supposedly in jail or other reasons asking for cash. These phone requests usually ask for the person to purchase some type of gift card at a local CVS or Walgreen's and have the monies transferred to a location specified by the scammers. The bottom line is to be aware and be alert to these phony calls.
Our guest speaker Photos courtesy of Associate Member Eric Wollman
Treasurer Tony Lomanto spoke of the scheduled meetings for 2019 that will appear in the next issue of "Beyond the Line." Please note that the May meeting which is usually held at Antuns because the NYS FOP has to ready the hall for the Anual Police Memorial, had to be changed. Antuns would not have a date available until mid May and considering it was too close to the June meeting, it was decided by the board that the May 2019 meeting will be held at Verdi's Caterers in Westbury, Long Island. As a change, that meeting will be a luncheon to start at 1:30 PM. By a show of hands at the meeting, many members do favor an afternoon luncheon rather than the normal evening meetings. As we get older (at least some of us :-) ) night vision is decreasing, making night driving more difficult and keeping many members home, rather than attending the meetings. Financially we are doing well but membership has dropped due to deaths and no new members joining, especialy those from the very last Transit PD class in the '90s. We don't want to see our "Transit Family" diminish due to lack of concern.
1st VP Bob Valentino spoke of having members who come to the meetings to try and get others to also attend, either by driving them or contacting them. He also mentioned that we will be bringing membership applications to the NY Reunion on the 13th to try and get more fellow officers to join. When a benefits question raised by member Steve O'Rourke was brought up about hospital stay charges with HIP and Medicare, Bob and Deo Fasolino stated that HIP is primary if covered by that plan and Medicare is primary with others.
Legislative Director Tony Piazza spoke of the election results from the previous day. The NYS Senate and House are now controlled by the Democrats and our strategy for getting the VSF has to be changed to now appealing to the ruling party for any passage of the bills. One of our staunch supporters, Sen. Marty Golden of Brooklyn and Chairman of the Civil Service and Pensions Committee, is still in a deadlock with his opponent. Final mail in ballots have not been completed and he is still holding out. We wish him well in the election.
Barbara Hassler, widow of the late 2nd VP Harry Hassler, read a story that Harry had written a few years ago. It has to do with the many passes of "The Heaven Bound Railroad" he had given out over the past several years. The article will appear in this next issue of our newsletter coming out soon.
Henry Melchiona thanked the Retirees Association and those who recently attended the memorial service for his brother Mike when a plaque was placed at the 50th Street station where Mike was killed in the line of duty.
Vinnie Servedio spoke of the next "ROMEO & JULIET" Valentine luncheon scheduled for a day in February, 2019. Details will be posted when they become final.
Tom Greer mentioned he is working on the Mets baseball game tickets for 2019 and this will be posted when finalized.
President Lanning spoke of the upcoming Christmas & Holiday Party on December 5th at Antuns. We welcome our members, families and friends. The cost remains the same this year - $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
The 50/50 raffle was held and we again thank John Reeves, for the many gifts has has given us.
The meeting was then adjourned.
October 24, 2018 REPORTING THE DEATH OF ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT EDDIE RUSSO
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Retirees Association President Edward "Edddie" Russo on Friday, October 19th. Full details are on the Obituary Page
The Association wishes to take this opportunity to thank our member, Ret. P.O. Tom Golden, as the funeral director at Gleason Funeral Home in Bayside NY, for the outstanding services rendered for the Edward Russo funeral. Tom was extremely helpful in obtaining the special flower arrangement for the Association. We also wish to thank all those who attended the wake and funeral services.
The Executive Board will now consist of the following officers: Mike Lanning as President; Bob Valentino as 1st VP; Ron DiMaio as 2nd VP; John Giangrasso as Executive Sec'ty; Bob Forrester as Recording Sec'ty' Greg Stripp as Financial Sec'ty; Tony Lomanto as Treasurer; and Frank Crisa as Editor.
Here are a few photos taken at the funeral:
NYPD Honor Guard Association Chaplain Msgr. Romano at the Funeral Mass
October 9, 2018 REPORT OF OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our thanks to Executive Secty Ron DiMaio for taking the minutes of this meeting.
MINUTES OF RETIREES MEETING 10/4/18 AT ANTUNS
• 7:40 PM Meeting called to order by 2nd Vice Pres. Bobby Valentino who led the Pledge of Allegiance. !st VP Mike Lanning and Treasurer Tony Lomanto were excused. Bob mentioned those members who passed away since our last meeting: Det. Sgt. Lou Cosentino, Chief John Pritchard, and others. There was a good turnout for the street naming for TPO Michael Melchiona. His brother Henry addressed the members present.
• Charlie Moran spoke about Richie DeGuglielmo being granted parole. He thanked our Association and other organizations for our support. Date of release is January 7, 2019.
• Ron DiMaio spoke about HR6105 that would amend the LEOSA (HR218) that would afford needed improvement as: 1. Being able to use high capacity magazines. 2. Being allowed to carry hand guns in schools. 3. Being allowed to carry on AMTRACK Trains. 4. Being allowed to carry in National Parks. 5. Standardized course of fire etc. He urged members to contact their Congressman to vote in favor of this bill.
• Bobby Valentino spoke about the Bowling League dinner dance and the fellowship that exists there.
• Tony Piazza spoke about the VSF and the lack of support from line organizations. Our bill failed this year with the excuse that we need a home rule message. This is not true as it was a collective bargaining agreement. A new bill will be brought out next year.
• Bobby Valentino mentioned that Tuesday, November 14th is the TP Reunion at Antuns, 4:00 to 8:00 PM, $60.00 per ticket.
• Tom Greer spoke about the Mets and Yankee Game on July 2, 2019. He had some pins, shirts and jackets for sale.
• 50/50 drawing was held. John Reeves donated many gifts that were raffled off.
• Next meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th at the FOP in Hicksville
• 8:40 PM the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Executive Secretary Vincent R. Di Maio
September 28, 2018 PENSION C.O.L.A. INCREASE NOTICES SENT OUT
Normally, we would have received these notices sometime in August, but I received my notice from NYCERS yesterday, informing me that the COLA increase, starting with the September deposit, will be a whopping 1.2% on the maximum $18,000, resulting in another $18.00 a month. It should show up in the deposit at the end of September. That should be enough to fill your gas tank halfway once a month. - Tony
September 19, 2018 FROMER TRANSIT PO RICHARD DiGUGLIELMO GRANTED PAROLE
Former Transit PO Richard DiGuglielmo has been granted parole and will be released on January 7, 2019. Many thanks go out to Ret. Lt. Charles Moran for leading the fight for Richard and for all those who wrote in support of his request for parole.
September 18, 2018 UPDATE ON PRESIDENT ED RUSSO & PROBLEMS WITH ID CARD RENEWALS
Please see the latest information on President Ed Russo on the SICK DESK page.
From the Retired Sergeants Association regarding the current problems with (all) Transit retirees needing their ID card renewed. It also applies to retirees trying to contact the Unit by phone and attempting to set up an appointment.
Dear RSA Member,
This message is for those RSA members who have a retired NYC Transit or Housing ID card with expiration dates that are due to expire soon. The NYPD Transit Bureau Personnel Section maintains the Transit and Housing pre-merger retiree ID card database and they are responsible to print the cards upon expiration. At this time, the Transit Personnel Section is having issues with the ID card software and printer. They have not advised a time frame in regards to a resolution of this issue. We are requesting that at this time that members DO NOT send any expiring Transit or Housing ID cards to the RSA ID Card Desk until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working on a quick resolution to this issue.
September 13, 2018 WORLD TRADE CENTER NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED
From the NYPD PBA and SBA
The deadline for submissions for the World Trade Center Notice of Participation has been extended until September 11, 2022. It was reported recently that the submission deadline was September 11, 2018, but that has changed. Although the new deadline is four years away, we urge all active, retired and vested members to submit their Notice of Participation as soon as possible. All relevant forms can be found on the NYPD Police Pension Fund website.
Please don’t delay in taking immediate action on this most serious matter.
September 11, 2018 STREET NAMING IN MEMORY OF PTL. MICHAEL MELCHIONA UPDATE
From Lou Hollander, Sal Napolitano & Tony Lomanto
The Memorial Ceremony for Ptl. Mike Melchiona was a well attended event with Ret. P.O. Henry Melchiona and his family, NYPD Chief of the Department Terence Monahan, Admin. Chief Bob Ganley, TA President Andy Byford, District 1 CO Capt. O'Sullivan, former Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, PBA President Pat Lynch, a contingent of Officers from Suffolk County PD, and other NYPD uniformed ranks and the NYPD COlor Guard and Band contingents.
From Sal Napolitano:: Today was the long overdue recognition for Mike Melchiona who was killed in the line of duty on the 50th St & Broadway IRT subway station on February 28, 1970. A brass plaque will be mounted on that station in Mike's memory.
I was speaking with Mike’s brother, Henry, this evening who told me that he and his family were overwhelmed by this tribute and the number of retirees, active police officers, Chiefs, former Transit Bureau Chief Joe Fox, and other ranking officers, PBA Pat Lynch, Deputy Commissioner Bob Ganley, and the MTA President were in attendance. Also, in attendance were Pipes & Drums. K-9 Units and police officers from various police departments from the NY & NJ area. There were many Suffolk County Police officers including Henry’s son and nephew who are both detectives with the SCPD. After the dedication the PBA provided a luncheon in District 1 for all the attendees and guests. This was a very proud moment for the entire Melchiona family.
The Melchiona Family
September 11, 2018 REPORT OF SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
From 2nd VP & Recording secretary Bob Valentino
MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on Wednesday 09/05/2018
With President Ed Russo in the hospital for medical issues, 1st Vice President Mike Lanning called the meeting to order at 7:20pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Treasurer Tony Lomanto gave the membership an update regarding the illness of our President Ed Russo. Tony mentioned that Ed has multiple issues including a knee replacement and asked everyone to pray for Ed’s full recovery. Tony also named the members who recently passed away. The meeting was suspended for the refreshments being served.
Mike Lanning announced that President Ed Russo has appointed Recording Secretary Bob Valentino to 2nd Vice President of the association and asked if any members present would like to assume the office of Recording Secretary. There were no volunteers for that position. Bob will handle both positions for the time being.
Member Hank Melchiona spoke about his brother, Transit Police Officer Michael Melchiona, who was killed in the line of duty on February 28, 1970 and stated that the subway station at 50th Street and Broadway will be named in Michael’s honor. Hank asked for members to attend the dedication on Monday September 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Hank also mentioned the late great Pat Townsend and how Pat was always there for the family especially at Christmas time. Mike Lanning mentioned that the School Red Light Cameras are back on throughout the city so if anybody is going to the dedication to be aware of the cameras.
VSF Committee Chairman Tony Piazza, spoke about the VSF Bill indicating that it was dropped in Albany because of a home rule message but stated that member Floyd Holloway will assist him in submitting a new bill.
Our Association Surgeon, Gerald Ente (88 years young), advised the membership not to believe medical advice on social media. He mentioned that coffee (caffeine) in moderation is good for your heart. He also stated that lentil soup and lentils in general helps to prevent diabetes. He talked about the Measles epidemic in Europe and highly recommended that all children get vaccinated. .
Member Joe McGarry, speaking on behalf of the FOP, notified the membership of the Pig Roast and Cigar Day on Saturday September 8th at the Hicksville NYS FOP lodge.
The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Vice President Mike Lanning & Treasurer Tony Lomanto. There were five $20.00 cash prizes with 12 additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M.
Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
At the next meeting in October, if anyone is interested in the office of Recording Secretary, please announce your intention then.
August 20, 2018 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
From Lou Hollander after receiving the following email from Deborah Pfeiffer, daughter of the late Ret. P.O. Robert Pfeiffer
Dear Lou and John (Giangrasso): Thank you for that lovely message about my Dad...Lifetime member Ret. P.O. Robert Pfeiffer, who passed away on August 8th.
I wonder if you might be able to help my family out. There was a retired Transit Officer at my Dad's funeral this past Monday (Aug. 13th) at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Islip. He spoke with my Mom and one of my sisters. He was very nice and talked very fondly about my Dad.
When the procession was leaving the church and going to LI National Cemetery at Pinelawn, this gentleman stood at the street with his hand on his heart...honoring my Dad. My Mom and all of us 'kids' would very much like to contact this gentleman, but we did not hear his name. Is there any way that you might be able to post a note on Beyond the Line asking him to contact me at 631-804-8334 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much, Warm Regards Deborah Pfeiffer Proud daughter of retired NYC Transit Officer Robert Pfeiffer
If you are the retiree who attended the funeral and spoke to Marlene Pfeiffer, please contact their daughter Deborah at the above number.
August 10, 2019 BOB VALENTINO APPOINTED ASSOCIATION 2ND VICE PRESIDENT
President Ed Russo has appointed former Recording Secretary Bob Valentino to the position of 2nd Vice President, filling in the office formerly held by the late Harry Hassler.
June 28, 2018 KILLER OF SID THOMPSON GRANTED PAROLE AFTER 44 YEARS IN STATE PRISON
Robert Hayes was granted release on June 12th. He was convicted in 1974 of shooting and killing NYPD Transit Officer Sidney Thompson in 1973.
A convicted cop killer who has spent the past 44 years in prison has been granted parole, state prisons officials said. Robert Hayes, 69, was granted release on June 12 by the Board of Parole. Hayes was convicted in 1974 of shooting and killing transit cop Sidney Thompson in 1973. Thompson was trying to arrest a friend of Hayes for jumping a turnstile. Both Hayes and his friend were members of the Black Liberation Army. Hayes’ impending discharge, which could come as soon as Sunday, follows the release in April of another convicted cop killer, Herman Bell, who was convicted in the 1971 shooting deaths of NYPD officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini.
Hayes was denied parole 10 times before the board finally approved his release.
The board’s vote was quickly criticized by law enforcement unions. “It is a travesty that yet another murderer who killed a member of law enforcement in cold blood will be turned loose on the streets to reintegrate with the public, whom his victim gave his life to protect,” said Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Associated.
“If Gov. Cuomo truly is serious about criminal justice reform, he must start by fixing a broken parole system that would allow such a sinister killer to go free.” Powers also slammed an executive order Gov. Cuomo issued in April that gave parolees the right to vote. “Forcing citizens to be vigilant that convicted killers may be in their polling place makes a mockery our democratic process,” he said.
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said the governor disagrees with the parole board. “Our law enforcement officers and first responders have dedicated their lives to keeping their communities safe and anyone who murders one of these heroes should remain locked away,” he said. “This is an independent board, but we disagree with this decision in the strongest possible terms.”
June 20, 2018 THE VSF BILLS IN ALBANY ARE DEAD IN THE WATER!
Despite the untiring efforts of the association's legislative committee led by Chairman Tony Piazza, and his able assistants, John Rini and John Giangrasso, the bills submiited in April died in committee when the City of New York somehow, at the last minute, was able to insert a clause requiring a Home Rule Message. Knowing the past actions of our former employer, it turned out to be a death sentence for the bills.
From President Ed Russo and Lou Hollander:
Board and Board Members:
I regretfully report to you that I have just been informed by our legislative committee that our sincere and hard work with our efforts to obtain the latest VSF has “BEEN LOST”. I was further informed that at the last minute in committee in Albany, and without anyone really noticing it, the home rule was inserted back in the bill making it impossible for the bill to pass. This is what shot us down the last time. I believe this shows the integrity of some of our politicians: you just can’t trust any of them!!
Please give credit to our legislative committee who worked so hard and diligently with so much time and effort they placed into this. Please inform or forward this to all members concerned.
May “GOD BLESS THE TRANSIT POLICE”
Fraternally, Ed Russo
Reply from Floyd Holloway
“It was probably due to the Mayor's people at work. They want us to give up the fight. Remember that it took us seventeen years (1970 to 1987 ) to get the VSF before. Our members that retire after 20yrs of service deserve and are entitled to the benefit.”
Reply from Tony Lomanto
“We can only thank Tony Piazza, John Rini and John Giangrasso for all their hard work in fighting this unjust ruling. It also makes you wonder what some of the politicians did or didn’t do to prevent this last minute glitch
June 16, 2018 PENSION C.O.L.A. INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER
The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for September 2018 through August 2019 benefit payments is 1.2%.
As a result, an eligible retired member with an annual benefit of $18,000 or more will receive a maximum increase of $18 per month beginning with the September 2018 payment. (Eligible members receiving an annual benefit under $18,000 will receive a lesser monthly increase.)
This latest COLA will bring the cumulative maximum monthly increase since COLA legislation was enacted in 2001 to $348 (see chart below). 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 2.36% from March 2017 to March 2018.
COLA Eligibility 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 NYSTRS 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. COLA Percentages and Maximum Increases
*Maximum monthly increase for eligible retirees with an annual benefit of $18,000. Retirees receiving an annual benefit less than $18,000 received a lesser monthly increase
June 7, 2018 REPORT OF JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
A thank you for taking the minutes goes to Exec. Secty Ron DiMaio
MINUTES OF RETIREE MEETING ?>6/6/18 AT FOP HQ
7:15 PM President Russo opened meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto read the names of those members who have died recently.
A break from the meeting was taken for the refreshments so ably done through the work of Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
A motion was passed to suspend the regular meeting for the induction of members into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Recording Secretary Bob Valentino ran the induction of three new members into the Sports Hall of Fame, with the assistance of Bob Ganley:
Ret. P.O. Jim Scott for Power Lifting, Arm Wrestling and Boxing
Ret. P.O. Bobby Nieves for Softball. Bobby was at the Florida Reunion and his award was accepted by Ret. Det. Tony Norcia
Ret. Lt. Marion Palermo-Lugo for Golf
Jim Scott and Mario Palermo-Lugo spoke to the members present and thanked the Association for their awards.
Tommy Greeris handling the tickets for the Mets-Yankee Game and is sold out. Our thanks go out to Tom for his hard work.
Our good friend Paul DiGiacomo, V.P. of the D.E.A. is recovering from a recent illness.
Dr. Ente, M.D., our Police Surgeon, spoke about a new inoculation shot for Shingles, which is 90%+ effective.The old shots were only 20% effective.The new one will soon be covered by insurance. The cost is about $250.00 for two shots which are spaced six months apart. Cancer is being caused by plastic that was burned at the WorldTradeCenter site on 9/11.Probiotics in yogurt, sour cream, Activia, etc. to put good bacteria into your body to build up immunity. He recommends that everyone should take probiotics on a regular basis.
Ed Russo reported that the FOP will run a nine day cruise in July 2019. The next two meetings are: September 6, at the FOP and October 4, at Antun’s.
Legislative Chairman Tony Piazza spoke about the two VSF Bills that we have in Albany. Please see Beyond the Line for information to write letters urging passage of these Bills. There are now less than the 457 retired Transit Police Officers reported in the 2017 actuarial report that would be entitled to the VSF.
50/50 drawing was held.We had four $50.00 cash prices and merchandise that was donated by Ret. Sgt. John Reeves.
9: the meeting was adjourned.
Vincent R. Di Maio
Here are a few photos taken at this event:
MC Bobby Valentino Bob Ganley and Jimmy Scott
Jimmy Scott receiving his Hall of Fame jacket
Bob Ganley & Tony Norcia accepting for Bobby Nieves
Bobby Valentino, Tony Norcia and Bob Ganley accepting jacket for Bobby Nieves
Bob Ganley & Mario Palermo-Lugo Bobby, Mario & Bob Ganley accepting his jacket
Group shot of current Sports Hall of Fame members at meeting
Our congratulations to the newest members of an elite group of athletes and a hearty thank you to Bobby Valentino and Bob Ganley for putting this memorable event together.
May 10, 2018 NATIONAL AND STATE FOP SUPPORTS OUR VSF LEGISLATION
We received this email today from Chuck Canterbury, President of the National Fraternal Order of Police.
The National FOP will support your legislation but our State Lodge will need to coordinate that effort. We are not set up to lobby in State House's but will provide guidance to the NY FOP if needed. Please reach out to President Essig to coordinate efforts. I have cc'd him so he is in the loop.
Fraternal Order of Police
We thank National President Canterbury and State President Mike Essig, along with NYS National Trustee Mike Neid for their support of our legislation.
May 5, 2018 GREAT TURNOUT AT NYS FOP POLICE MEMORIAL DAY
It was a beautiful day to sadly remember the additional 74 names that were added to the NYS Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Wall today. Among the many names added, one of which dates back to the NYPD in 1869, was that of one of our own, Transit Police Officer William "Billy" Martin. Billy's name was added as a result of the untiring efforts of our 2nd VP, HarryHassler and with help from member Bob Ganley, who fought hard to get Bill classified as a Line Of Duty death. It also resulted in Bill being placed on the Memorial Wall of the NYPD at 1 Police Plaza last year.
Below are a few photos taken at the ceremony.
The Memorial Wall in front of the NYS FOP Headquarters Billy Martin's name on the Wall
Billy's daughter, Kathleen, and her husband after viewing the Wall 2nd VP Harry Hassler and his wife, Barbara
Ass't NYPD Commissioner Bob Ganley speaking at ceremony Member & FOP Executive VP Joe McGarry (note the patch)
McGarry, Ganley. Giordano, Petito, Lombardo
May 5, 2018 REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
Prior to the official start of our meeting, Rabbi Berkowitz spoke. He mentioned that he would always be available to our members & also told a few jokes.
President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:35pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away. President Russo introduced Jonathan Mehdizadeh, a computer expert, who was highly recommended by the Long Island Shields. Jonathan stated that he was available to all members if they have a computer problem. His company is called “P.C.M.D.” and can be contacted at email@example.comEd also mentioned the great job member Vinnie Servedio did with the recent Romeo & Juliet luncheon. The next one will be September and will be announced on our website
Member Tom Greer spoke about the upcoming Mets-Yankees game on Friday June 8, 2018. There were two remaining tickets at the time of our meeting. He mentioned that everyone who attended the game will have their picture taken on the field.
Recoding Secretary Bob Valentino indicated that at our next meeting at the FOP 317 on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the association will be inducting 3 new members into our Sports Hall of Fame. They are James Scott for Power Lifting & Wrestling, Robert Nieves for Softball & Mario Palermo for Golf. Bob also mentioned that the Police League Bowling Dinner will be held on Friday June 1, 2018. Emil Stucchio & the Classics will be appearing at the affair.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto addressed the finances of the association. He said that we have 1112 members of which 92 are not paid. Both he & President Russo mentioned how generous the lifetime members have been and asked for them to continue to donate to the association if they can afford it.
Member Joe McGarry, from the FOP 317, spoke about ceremony for our fallen officers, including our own Billy Martin, to be held at the FOP building in Hicksville on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 11:00am. 53 officers, of which 17 are line of duty officers, will be added to the memorial. Joe also mentioned the next FOP meeting will be on Thursday May 17, 2018
Member Charlie Moran spoke on behalf of our own former officer Richie DiGuglielmo. He stated that the petition for Richie’s parole has over 1500 signatures but asked that each of us have family members, friends & neighbors sign the petition. Access to the petition is on our web site & on Facebook.
VSF Committee chairman Tony Piazza updated the members regarding two new bills submitted by Senator Lanza & Assemblyman Lentol. He asked that each of us write to our representatives in support of the bills which would correct an outrageous injustice.
The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Vice President Mike Lanning & President Ed Russo. There were 5 cash prizes with 8 additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 P.M.
May 4, 2018 MESSAGE FROM CHAPLAIN RABBI BERKOWITZ and REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
We, the people, are very fortunate to live and have the opportunities to fulfill our goals in our blessed country, the United States of America. We take for granted our safety and freedoms due to the remarkable dedication of our police officers. As each one dons his/her uniform, the unifying symbol of each one is the "shield" that is displayed, the shield that tells each one of us "I am here to protect you and shield you from evil. I'm here to defend your right to enjoy the liberties of our great land."
Unfortunately, our country has become immune to the unfortunate sacrifice of our law enforcement officers. Recently this has come to light when a criminal was granted parole after he murdered three police officers in cold blood. In addition to his release, the pain caused to the families of these officers was reignited. The majority of protests to this travesty of justice was predominately criticized by police officials and police unions. Where is the outcry of the good citizens of our country? Each decent person in this country should be calling their respective representative to express their shock of the undermining of the dedication of our police officers.
But, unfortunately, I'm not surprised. I have had the honor and privilege to attend the annual National US Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Washington, DC, for quite a few years as I plan to do this year. I noticed the thousands of officers from all the country and officers from other countries who came to honor the memory of the officers who died in the line of duty the past year. When you see the surviving family members, children, spouses, parents, and other family members escorted to their seats, it then dawns on you what sacrifice it takes to keep our freedoms safe. However, what is sad, is that besides police officers attending this moving service, you notice that only a small number of non-police people are even present. The media offers very little coverage as well.
It reminds me of a wife who complained to her husband that her foot was in pain. He took her to the doctor. When the doctor was inquiring as to what was the reason for the visit, the husband responded "OUR foot is in pain." The husband truly felt his wife's pain. When a police officer is hurt or tragically killed, WE ALL SHOULD FEEL THE PAIN AND LOSS. It is morally incumbent to let every criminal understand that the foundation of society to thrive, is first, and foremost, respect for the law and all who have taken the oath to protect our civilized laws. When an officer is hurt or, G-d forbid, killed, it is mandatory for each one of us to raise our voices to be sure that our police are given our full support so that each one can go home safely to his/her family in peace.
May the souls of our blessed officers be bound in the bond of eternal life and never forget their ultimate dedication to the sacredness of life.
Rabbi Harry Berkowitz Chaplain
Good Morning Ed,
I just wanted to notify you that I will be participating in the NYPD 5K Memorial Run on Sunday May 20,2018. I will be Running/Walking with the name Lloyd Innes on my running bib.
Patrolman Innes, as you know, was shot to death on 06/16/1967 while he was assigned to Transit District 30 of the New York City Transit Police Department. I looked at the Officer Down Memorial Page website to see the memories and condolences people left. District 30 did have some family members of Officer Innes at a Holiday Party a few years ago.
If there is anyone in your organization or network of friends that has any other memories of Patrolman Innes I would be interested to hear about them. I can be reached at Michael.OHare@NYPD.org
Thanks and Stay Safe Mike O'Hare Transit District 30.
April 27, 2018 VSF BILLS INTRODUCED IN ALBANY
Through the untiring work of our Legislative Director Tony Piazza and his team of John Rini and John Giangrasso, bills have been introduced in Albany to correct the unjust treatment of Transit Police officers in regards to the VSF benefit.
Senators Lanza and Golden have introduced Senate Bill S6823A and Assembly Bill A8585A by Assemblyman Lentol to amend the NYC Administrative Code to allow the VSF for members of the Transit Police Department who retired after October 1, 1968. It would only affect those members who retired "for service" and were disallowed the VSF on July 24, 1992 after the bill was signed into law in 1987 . You can read the bills and actuarial report by clicking on this VSF
The Actuarial Report shows there were, at the time of the NYCERS report on June 30, 2017, only 457 eligible officers who retired between October 1, 1968 and June 30, 1987. Take into account a number of TPO who passed away since and the figure is even less.
The bills are currently in committees waiting to be sent to the floor. All our members and all our fellow officers, whether or not you receive the VSF, are requested and urged to write to your NY legislators. An example of such letter can be seen HERE
In regards to the above, our members and friends are urged to write to Gov. Cuomo to have him sign the bill when it appears before him. A sample of such a letter can be found HERE Please remember to adjust the date of your mailing on the letter itself.
April 25, 2018 PAROLE PETITION FOR NYTPD/NYPD PO RICHARD DIGUGLIELMO-WRONGFULLY CONVICTED
Ret. Lt. Charlie Moran has been fighting for many years to bring justice for Richie. Please click on the links and help Richie by signing the petition.
March 27, 2018 REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH PHYSICIAN COVERAGE THROUGH GHI / EMBLEM HEALTH
Please go to the Health & Welfare page regarding problems many out of state retirees who have GHI / Emblem Health who are encountering problems finding participating physicians
March 21, 2018 REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our thanks to Executive Secretary Vincent DiMaio as Recording Secretary Bobby Valentino was excused.
7:35 PM meeting was called to order by President Ed Russo. Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer Tony Lomanto read a long list of those members who have passed away since our last meeting.
Deputy P.C. of Administration Bobby Ganley spoke about the Constitutional Amendment being defeated. Thanks to everyone’s support. NYC Police Dept. procedure for pistol license renewal has been changed. NYC residents must now complete the application on line. A lot of documentation is required. You may go to Police Headquarters, where they will help you complete the application. If you need assistance in completing the application on line, please call 646-610-5872. He also spoke about JANUS in the up-coming election in July.
Tony Lomanto gave a Financial Report of the Association and reported that we now have 1,110 members with 624 life-time members. Dues envelopes were mailed out with some damaged envelopes being returned from the Post Office. To use a padded envelope with the cards would cost $3.50 each as they would have to go out at package rates. If anyone has not received the mailing, please let Tony know.
Ed Russo spoke about the increasing number of life-time members has caused a lower income for the associated. He encouraged life-time members to make donations to the Association.
Tom Greer spoke about the upcoming Mets/Yankees Game in City Field, on June 8th, 2018. Game starts at 7:10 PM. We have seats reserved in section 106. Tickets are $113.00. See Beyond The Line for further details. He showed some samples of different apparel. In the future, he will be selling merchandise with the Association logo.
Mary Fitzgerald spoke about up-coming election in July, where JANUS will be voted on. If voted in, this will be bad news for union members. Our benefits could be affected in pensions, overtime, medical benefits, etc. This involves union members not paying union dues in the check-off process.
The next two meetings are: May 2, at Antun’s and June 6 at FOP.
November 25, 2017 OUR OWN RET. SGT. BOB GANLEY APPOINTED TO NYPD POSITION
Ret. Sgt. Bob Ganley has recently been appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of Administration to the Police Commissioner. Way to go, Bob, and all our best wishes for a successful new career. Transit still rules!!!!
November 7, 2016 REPORT OF NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
MINUTES OF MEETING OF 11/1/17 At the NYS FOP HQ
First Vice Pres. Mike Lanning called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Pres. Ed Russo was not present because of an illness. Recording Secretary Bobby Valentino was not present due to a death in the family.
- Treasurer Tony Lomanto read a list of those members who have passed away since the last meeting. He also read the financial report. He said that the latest mailing of the newsletter had incorrect meeting dates for 2018. Our website will have the correct dates of the meetings for 2018 and the dues mailing in January will also have the correct dates.
- Ron DiMaio asked the members to remember those who were wounded and killed in the recent terrorist attack on Tuesday, October 31st. He also reminded all to vote NO on the Constitutional Convention proposal on Election Day, Nov. 7th.
- Mike Lanning spoke about drug plans and that the PBA rcommends getting a Medicare Drug Plan if you spend a lot for drugs. That would be Medicare Part ‘D’ which may be helpful for those with very high drug costs.
- Tony Piazza, our Legislative Chairman, spoke about the fight for the VSF. New bills have been introduced effective Jan. 1, 2018.
- Joe McGarry spoke about the Transit Police Widows and Children’s Party, which was changed to Sunday Dec. 17, 2018 due to a conflict with the LI Shields Christmas Party. He thanked everyone for their support when his wife passed away.
- Tony Lomanto reported that FOP Lodge 69 honored Joe McGarry as Man of the Year.
- Charlie Moran spoke about former Transit Police Officer Richie DiGuglielmo, who was unjustly convicted. He will have a parole hearing in Sept. 2018. He has served 18 of a 20 year to life sentence in prison. Charlie further said that he will have a letter writing campaign prior to the hearing.
- The 50/50 drawing was held. Three $40.00 cash prizes and gifts supplied by John Reeves were awarded.
- Our Christmas Party will be held at Antuns on Dec. 6th at 6:00 PM.
- Transit Police Reunion will be held at Antuns on Nov. 14th at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting was adjourned.
Vincent R. Di Maio Executive Secretary
October 30, 2017 REPORT OF OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Prior to the official start of our meeting, Honorary Member and Vice President of the NYPD DEA, Paul DiGiacomo, spoke about the upcoming vote regarding the possibility of a New York State Constitutional Convention. He was emphatic that every member should vote NO and each member should ask family members and friends to do the same. He mentioned that if the convention was convened, the powers in place will try to reduce our pensions and other benefits. VOTE NO on November 7th.
Paul also mentioned the screening for Thyroid Nodules was very important and saves lives. He thanked HeartScan Services for conducting the tests at our meeting and also thanked our membership for participating.
President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:50 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away.
A motion to wave our regular meeting agenda so nominations for officers could be conducted was approved by members Rini & Reeves.
Nominations for officers of the association were conducted by Tom Greer.
For President – Ed Russo by Weise & Rini / no other nominations for President. For 1st Vice President – Mike Lanning by Russo & DiMaio / no other nominations for 1st Vice. For 2nd Vice President – Harry Hassler by Lomanto & DiMaio /no other nominations for 2nd Vice. For Treasurer – Tony Lomanto by Greer & Russo / no other nominations for Treasurer. For Recording Sec. – Bob Valentino by Lomanto & DiMaio / no other nominations for Rec. Sec. For Executive Sec. – Vin Dimaio by Russo & Valentino / no other nominations for Exc. Sec. For Financial Sec. – Gregory Stripp by Russo & DiMaio / no other nominations for Fin. Sec.
Executive Secretary Vin DiMMaio cast the one vote for the above members of the Executive Board. They will begin their next two year term of office starting January 1st, 2018.
Tom Greer, who is our new representative for Mets tickets, spoke about the location of the seats and the possibility of a suite for next season. Recording Secretary Bob Valentino spoke about two members (Bob Nieves for Softball and Mario Palermo for Golf) who have been nominated for the Association’s Sports Hall of fame. Vote for induction by the committee will take place in December. The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Tony Lomanto & Vinnie DiMaio.There were three $40.00 winners with additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M. Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
September 20, 2017 ASSOCIATION RESPONSE TO JOHN JAY PROFESSOR'S CAUSTIC REMARKS
The following letter was sent to John Jay College expressing outrage on recent comments made by an adjunct professor Michael Isaacson.
September 20, 2017 MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on 09/06/2017
President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:40PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away.
A general prayer was given by 2nd Vice President Harry Hassler.
Nominations for officers of the association were conducted by member Vinnie Servedio.
For President – Ed Russo by Lanning & Manfredo / no other nominations for President.
For 1st Vice President – Mike Lanning by Fisher & Russo / no other nominations for 1st Vice.
For 2nd Vice President – Harry Hassler by Lomanto & Piazza / no other nominations for 2nd Vice.
For Treasurer – Tony Lomanto by Lanning & Rini / no other nominations for Treasurer.
For Recording Sec. – Bob Valentino by Lanning & Russo / no other nominations for Rec. Sec.
For Executive Sec. – Vin Dimaio by Lomanto & Sacrestano / no other nominations for Exc. Sec.
For Financial Sec. – Gregory Stripp by Russo & Lomanto / no other nominations for Fin. Sec.
Vinnie Servedio mentioned the upcoming Romeo & Juliet Luncheon on September 13th with Pete Cardelena as a guest speaker.
Joe McGarry mentioned the Pig Roast and cigar night on Saturday September 9th at the FOP $100.00 per person.
Tony Piazza spoke about the importance to vote NO in November regarding the State Constitutional Convention and ask family and friends do the same. Contrary to word going around, NOT VOTINGDOES NOT COUNT AS A YES! It will just be counted as a blank vote.He mentioned a new bill regarding the defined benefit sponsored by Senator Lanza & Assemblyman Lentol which is strictly for Retired Transit Police.
Added- John Conklin, spokesman for the New York State Board of Elections, said the office has received numerous phone calls about the post from voters across the state. In response, the Board of Elections is sending emails to those voters that read, in part, “The information being spread on social media alleging a BLANK vote equals a YES vote is incorrect.”
Tony Lomanto made a motion to donate $500.00 to the Houston Relief effort. Motion was passed and Doctor Ente, our Police Surgeon, matched the donation from the FOP Surgeon’s Lodge.
Member and former Vice President of the NYPD SBA Bob Ganley stated that he is the Director of the Police Relief Fund which has assets over 4 million dollars. Medical equipment & transportation is available. Within the 5 boroughs the equipment will be delivered. Otherwise members would have to pick it up. Income & assets are a factor. Members may contact Bob at (212) 226-2180 or (718) 626-9320.
Member Tony Norcia mentioned the passing of William Datthyn, the son of member Lucy Datthyn. William was a retired member of the NYPD.
Our Police Surgeon Gerald Ente spoke about a measles epidemic in Europe and highly recommended that if you are traveling to Europe to get immunized as the doze that we received many years ago has basically expired. He mentioned that drinking coffee 1 or 2 cups a day can extend life by 12 to 18 percent. He spoke about drug expiration dates and said that most medications still are effective after the expiration date and added that aspirin last forever. In conclusion he talked about a new Zika type virus called Oropouke and said that we should be very concerned about it.
The 50/50 raffle was conducted by Mike Lanning & Tony Lomanto.. There were three $50.00 winners and also a free ticket to the FOP Pig Roast worth $100.00. Additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.
? The deadline for submissions for the World Trade Center Notice of Participation (“NOP”) Form has been extended. The Governor signed the extender bill on September 11, 2016, and now the new deadline runs until September 11, 2018.
As you are aware, the Notice of Participation is not an application for disability benefits, but merely preserves the right of the member of the service to file for a WTC disability pension if he or she becomes disabled due to a 9/11-related illness. Failure to file the NOP may preclude the member from receiving a WTC disability pension or death benefit in the future.
The deadline to file for the Notice of Participation to be eligible for the Disability bill and the Death bill has been extended many times since the legislation was passed. However, September 11, 2018 will be the final deadline.
The NOP Form can be found on the NYPD Police Pension Fund website. Click on the link below and scroll down to see the “Pension Alert” about the NOP.
If you believe you already filed, but are not sure, the PPF has listed all the Tax ID numbers of those whose paperwork they’ve already received under “WTC Information” on the left side of the home page. First, click on “WTC Information” and check the pdf file to see if your number is listed. If it is, then you do not have to re-file. However, if your number does not appear, you must file the form (even if you currently have no symptoms of illness) by September 11, 2018to be eligible in the future in case of illness and/or death.
Some of the materials you can use to verify your Notice of Participation work claims include your memo books, DARS (daily activity reports), overtime slips, detail rosters, command log entries (either still at your command or at the borough command), signed and notarized affidavits from colleagues verifying you were at the pile, the Morgue, or Freshkills Landfill, photographs taken at the locations during the rescue and recovery, and/or news articles from the rescue and recovery in which you are mentioned.
Our thanks to Executive. Secretary. Ron DiMaio for taking the minutes of this month's meeting. Recording Secretary Bob Valentino was very busy serving dinners to the members and award winners and their families.
7:08 PM President Ed Russo called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tony Lomanto read a list of those who have passed away since our last meeting, among them former past first-Vice President Ret. P.O. Ron Forte, Ret. Sgt. Joe Frasca, and many others.
Regular meeting was temporarily suspended for the Sports Hall of Fame awards.
Bob Valentino, assisted by Bobby Ganley, inducted three new members into the Sports Hall of Fame: Thomas Barrett, Soft Ball (posthumously). His daughter, Denise, accepted her father’s award; William Vitelli, Bowling. Bill was present and accepted his award. Tony Cestare, Bowling, but was unable to attend. His award was accepted by George Mitchell.
Present Hall of Fame Members in attendance: Sam Sapienza, Rich Solieri, Mike Lanning, Bob Kent, Bob Rittmeyer, Stan Baily, Bob Valentino, Joe Carney, and Howie Haag. Some of the new inductee family members were also present.
Bob Ganley spoke about the late P. O. Billy Martin who was assaulted while on duty in 1981 and ultimately died as a result of his injuries. Bob is attempting to have Billy carried has Line of Duty death. He said that it will likely happen. We thank him for his efforts.
50 50 drawing was held with five $40.00 prizes and other prizes provided by John Reeves.
Mary Fitzgerald spoke about the Mets-Yankee game on Wed. August 15. Tickets sell for $110.00 each. Citi Field section 106. Call Mary at 914 263-1813 if interested.
Tony Lomanto stated that the Association received a thank you letter from Richard Di Guglielmo for the support the Association has given him in an effort to change the ruling so that he may be released from prison. We know that he was unjustly convicted.
8:45 PM meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Executive Secretary Vincent R. Di Maio
May 14, 2017 REPORT OF MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on MAY 3rd
President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 8:00pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed asked for a moment of silence for our departed members. Ed mentioned our new associate member Debbie Bonahan.
Executive Secretary Ron DiMaio spoke about the State Constitutional Convention Vote in November. He highly recommended that all members, family & friends vote no as it could be detrimental to our and other civil servants pensions and benefits.
2nd Vice President Harry Hassler spoke about the request to obtain a line of duty death for departed member Bill Martin. He asked if our association and others would write letters to the Police Commissioner for consideration. He also said that he will continue sending trivia questions to Lou Hollender.
Recording Secretary Bob Valentino mentioned that at the June 7th meeting there will be several members who will be inducted into the Association’s Sports Hall of Fame. It will be catered by Verdis.
Ed Russo welcomed Ret. Sgt. Bob Ganley as a new member of the association. Ed presented a token of our appreciation to Bob for his assistance through the years. Bob spoke about how important it is to vote no regarding the upcoming Constitutional Convention. Bob also spoke about the slim chance to get line of duty death for Bill Martin and mentioned the reasons why.
Mary Fitzgerald spoke about the Mets/Yankee game on Wednesday August 16. She gave her phone number (914) 263-1813 and said checks would be fine.
Ret. P.O. Jack Ferone spoke about the recognition he received for driving Veterans to the VA Hospital to Northport. Another one of our members Herbert Brown received the same award.
Vinnie Servedio distributed flyers for the Romeo Luncheon on Thursday May 11th.
Tony Piazza spoke about a new bill regarding the VSF excluding the Housing Police and a supplement to try to bypass the home rule.
The raffle was conducted by Ed & Vice President Mike Lanning. There were four $40.00 winners with additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 P.M.
Submitted by Recording Secretary Bob Valentino
President Russo informed me later on that NYPD Commissiner James O'Neil appeared at the meeting. The PC had been at another affair in Antuns at the time and stopped by at our meeting. He spoke highly of his time in, and how well it was, in Transit.
Though I was away in Florida on vacation with my fiance, Emily, I did have a "special" meeting with our dear friend and Transit Family member, Lou Hollander and his lovely wife, Barbara. It may have been a small meeting, but it was well enjoyed by all present. Old times were discussed along with what the future may hold for us all. Barbara and Lou were gracious hosts to Emily and myself and we thank them.
March 3, 2017 REPORT OF MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING
MINUTES of the RETIREE’S MEETING on 03/01/2017
President Ed Russo called the meeting to order at 7:45 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed called upon Treasurer Tony Lomanto who named the members who recently passed away since our last meeting. There was a total of 14 retirees that we lost. Tony also said that our finances are in good shape with about 165 members yet to pay their dues. He thanked the membership for so many generous donations to the association.
Executive Secretary Ron DiMaio mentioned that some states do not recognize HR 218 and that members should check each state that they are traveling in. A short discussion about Gun free zones was also discussed.
Recording Secretary Bob Valentino mentioned to expect a cutback in the number of PBA cards issued next year because sworn members are complaining about too many cards being out there.
Member Jacques Maurice spoke about the VSF and members with a disability. He asked that letters be written to state politicians.
Tony Piazza reminded everyone to vote “NO” for a State Constitutional Convention as it could be very bad for retirees. He also spoke about the VSF and mentioned that members with a disability lost in court. He said that a new bill regarding the defined benefit will be introduced this year as the old bill expired.
Both Ed Russo & Tony Lomanto spoke about the NYPD SBA honoring Jeanine Pirro. An official letter was sent to the SBA urging President Ed Mullins to reconsider giving her the award. Member Charlie Moran went into great detail describing why she was not deserving of a heroism award. He talked about Officer Richard DiGuglielmo, who in 1996 went to the aid of his father who was being hit with a baseball bat by an irate person. Officer DiGuglielmo was wrongly convicted and was given a long prison sentence. It is apparent that District Attorney Jeanine Pirro succumbed to pressure from outside groups and labeled the incident a bias crime. Officer DiGuglielmo is still in prison to this day. Charlie also mentioned that many police organizations have sent correspondence to Ed Mullins asking him to reconsider the award.
Associate member Willie Perez was introduced to the membership. He spoke about the great job that the Transit Police did and that he felt very bad about the failure of many members not receiving the defined benefit. He offered his assistance to try to get the new VSF bill passed.
Member Hank Melchiona thanked everyone for their support regarding his brother Michael and asked everyone to remember and keep in their prayers the families of officer Calabrese and officer Smith who were killed 10 years later in the same month as his brother Michael.
Member Vinnie Servedio asked the association to consider having a Dinner Dance like we used to have in the past. President Russo said that it would be discussed at the next board meeting in May.
President Russo mentioned the date for the Met game this year is Wednesday, August 16th. He also reminded the membership that the next meeting on May 3rd will be held at Antuns and not at the FOP.
The raffle was conducted by Ed & Tony. There were three $40.00 winners with additional prizes supplied by a very generous John Reeves.