THE FDNY RMA EXECUTIVE BOARD
left to right: (Standing) Frank Martinez, Paul Mallery, Manny Croquez, Jim Hayhurst,
Bill Schillinger, Mike O'Keeffe and Frank Lomuscio
(Sitting) Manny Fernandez, Bob Landau, Bob Divirgilio and Wilbur Hutchins
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OUR NEXT MEETING
Tuesday Night September 30th, 2014
The Knights of Columbus Hall
1000 Marcus Ave. New Hyde Park, NY
Beginning at 7:30pm
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
CHIEF OF DEPT.
Food & Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Meeting
Don't forget to join us for the
13th Annual Tribute Walk
in Honor of Father Mychal F. Judge
Sunday September 7th, 2014
beginning at St. Francis Church
(135 West 31st St-across from E-1 & L-24
near Penn Station) at 9am For further information-click here
For pictures of last year's walk-scroll down to the bottom of this page
June Meeting Minutes
Steve Cassidy is our featured speaker
(left to right) Leroy McGinnis(UFA), Jim Hayhurst, UFA President Steve Cassidy,
Richie Fuerch, Bob Landau and Manny Croquez
UFA Recording Sec'y Leroy McGinnis had the distinct honor to
introduce Steve Cassidy to the podium.
It was a true honor to hear him speak.
5 Time winner of the Presidency of the UFA, Steve Cassidy began
the meeting with a humorous story of how he became the
UFA Rep at Engine 236 early in his career. FF John Lennon
had got himself promoted so the UFA spot for 236 was vacant,
FF Steve Cassidy filled in, and the rest was history.
Steve touched on many topics in his RMA speech.
He looks forward to working with newly installed
Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro. So far the UFA has the best
working relationship with a Commissioner in many years.
He then explained the contract that was reached with the teachers
and didn't like it. A 9 year deal with limited raises,
he said he will not follow suit for his NYC Firefighters.
He sees arbitration in the future of negotiations.
He hopes to negotiate a good and fair contract.
Concerning the VSF he sees the amount awarded each year
stagnating at $12,000.00. He sees no change in this amount.
He then spoke on Tier 3 and Tier 2 and the work he will do to get
the membership back to Tier 2 and if not to make
Tier 3 better thru legislation.
He then thanked the RMA for being invited to speak and also
thanked all the retirees in the crowd of 140 for
their past service to the city, a rousing standing ovation followed.
Jimmy Hayhurst then stood up and urged, not just Board Members
to recruit new members but for everyone present at the meeting
to sign up new members. Jimmy then took a small survey
to see if anyone present did not want the Newsletter E-mailed.
Only 5 members raised their hands. Not a bad ratio out of the 140 present for this meeting. Jimmy then told everyone that the COLA
was approved for Fiscal 2014. He also gave a good and welfare report for Capt. John Vigiano."John is doing well after chemo".
Another member, Gene Kelty is battling Pancreatic Cancer. Also keep in your prayers, Mike Uzzi who has brain cancer.
Richie Fuerch then spoke about the 9-11 Museum.
He said he hopes the Smithsonian can rescue the
$24.00 fee and make it free entry.
We soon hope to have a letter to e-mail to our representatives
indicating the need to incorporate the 9-11 Museum
into the arms of the Smithsonian Museum.
Our President Bobby Landau then acknowledged
a fellow board member, Wilbur Hutchins, still going strong at 93.
Bob also asked Bobby DiVirgilio to take
a bow for all the hard work he performs for the RMA.
Mike Donovan then stepped up to the mic and reminded
all the officers present to register for the upcoming
retirees seminar on Wednesday August 20th, 2014
at Russo's on the Bay. Call (212) 239-9300 to register.
Bob Landau then closed the meeting and we all
enjoyed a nice meal.
That's all until September 30th in New Hyde Park.
We hope to have more interesting speakers
for your listening entertainment.
ZADROGA BILL UPDATE (click here to go to our Health Care Page) ALERT!!!
OCTOBER 12th, 2014 IS THE LAST DAY
TO REGISTER A CLAIM Anyone diagnosed with a WTC Cancer must register
with the Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
Call Barasch & McGarry to learn your rights:
[The Zadroga Fund Closes in 2016] At our FEBRUARY MEETING,
Dominique Penson, from the Barasch McGarry,
Salzman and Penson Law Firm spoke to us about the VCF. He was very informative.
He told us that initially the VCF was funded with
20 Billion Dollars, but only 6 billion was paid out.
The difference was returned to Congress
and the Fund closed in 2003. Originally,
Cancer was not covered but eventually that all changed.
Barasch McGarry, along with Kreindler & Kreindler, fought hard to get many cancers recognized.
They lobbied Congress to re-open the VCF.
Now 67 types of cancer are covered, with the latest ones being: Pancreatic, Cervix, Testicular and Brain.
For a list of the Cancers covered go to: www.wtc-illness.com
If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed
with the Cancers covered please call them at:
1-877-WTC-0911 or 1-800-331-2782
Our next speaker was from the 4-5-7 plan;
Ronni Bretschneider. She had a Q&A and brought up many different points. The members were satisfied with her answers. She also extended an invitation to all to attend a Financial Planning Seminar.
The cost is $179.00. It will discuss your goals
as it pertains to your 4-5-7 Funds.
To contact the Deferred Compensation Plan,
Call (212) 306-7760.
The meeting ended abruptly when the food line
was opened pre-maturely, however it was re-opened
when the stampede subsided.
110 Members were in attendance-Great Turn-Out!
~~~ ____________________________________________ Our Brothers Need Help Getting to Their
Treatment Centers-Volunteers Needed:
"Transportation" for retired members that have to go to the hospital or their doctor's office can be provided by
The Fire Family Transport Foundation with their many vans. These vans will be located
at the following locations:
Fort Totten, Staten Island, Brentwood & Middletown.
Volunteers may also use their own vehicles.
To volunteer, contact Chris Garcia at (212) 570-1693,
or by e-mail: email@example.com
________________________________________________ FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS:
F o F has helped over 500 Families since "Sandy".
For further information call (718) 643-0980
or E-mail them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click below to go to their website: http://www.friendsoffirefighters.org/ ********************************************************************
Looking to Volunteer to give
walking tours at the New World Trade Center Site
please call (212) 422-3520 Ex.112
You can also e-mail them at:
There is a new program for both active and retired members with health concerns related to the World Trade Center.
It is called:
Mindfulness Techniques for Relaxation,
Chronic Pain and Mood Mgmt Program.
It is offered at Fort Totten every Friday commencing on 10/7/11,
from 10:00-11:30am at the Counseling Service Bldg.
For more information Contact Maureen Healy at
(212) 570-1693 ext: 312
or Send E-Mail: healymfdny.nyc.gov ***************************************
WE NEED YOUR E-MAIL!
If you sent it in already-That's Great!
If you haven't then we must have it.
Please send it to me ASAP
send it to: email@example.com
Please include your home mailing address, your phone number, the last company you were assigned to,
your date of Retirement,
as well as your valid e-mail address.
Many thanks to those who signed up for an email address at the last meeting
Remember to include your E-mail address
when signing in at future meetings.
It's Crucial that we have a Valid
E-mail Address! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
THE RMA COUNTER KEEPS CLIMBING AND CLIMBING
THANKS FOR VISITING!
HERE ARE THE PICTURES FROM
THE 2013 FATHER MYCHAL F. JUDGE WALK OF REMEMBRANCE
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