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FDNY RETIRED MEMBERS ASSOCIATION INC.

 

Click here to view some Bills under consideration dealing with Retiree Benefits
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RMA BROOKLYN MEETING 

On this Tuesday Night in Brooklyn we heard first from John Hewson from the Law Firm Fusco, Brandenstein and Rada.
left to right: Bob Landau, John Hewson and Jimmy Hayhurst
He put to bed the false facts you often hear about Social Security.
Fact # 1:
Social Security will run out of Money
"NOT"
Social Security is an Insurance Plan that we all bought into when we joined the work force. It will be around for many years to come. Do not listen to rumors about the plan going broke.
Fact # 2:
If you retired at Half Pay you can apply for
SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance)
at any time? "YES YOU CAN"!

Even if you applied and were denied
you can apply again.
However if you do qualify for SSDI,
Remember you must apply for Medicare after 29 months. Once on Medicare you do not qualify for PICA (Cancer Drugs).
For more information about SS
Contact John 1-800-416-5454
Next Up: UFA Brooklyn Trustee
John Kelly (E201)

John Kelly and Bob Landau
John has been with the UFA for 12 years,
devoting his time to the negotiating committee. He brought news of the current non-contract with the city for the past 4 years. He was proud to attend a rally at City Hall just a few days earlier supporting the UFA's quest for a better contract for its membership.
Most likely the UFA will follow the Cops and qualify for "parity" and get what they get for their contract.
Speaker # 3: Bill Romaka from the IAFF
He spoke briefly about how on their website you can easily contact your local politician. 
Jimmy Hayhurst then spoke about his wife's efforts to ship supplies to the troops. "82" boxes so far with a goal of "100" in sight. Members then proceeded to donate funds to his cause.
He then introduced a new member;
Ret. Capt. "Joe Buono" (E318/15 Div).
He then also introduced from Friends of Firefighters;
Katherine Ragazzino
and Service Dog-Daisy.

Katherine received a standing ovation when she told the crowd of serving two tours in Iraq as a member of the USMC.
Katherine was injured and suffered a traumatic brain injury while on patrol.
She now works for
Friends of Firefighters

as their outreach intern.
Jimmy then went on to tell the membership to include in their final checklists of 2014,
to update their wills and include in it
"Elder Care".
But don't worry if you haven't done anything about this issue, we will have someone at the February Meeting to discuss this important subject.
Bobby Landau then concluded the meeting after acknowledging our own
Wilbur Hutchins turning 93 this year.
Chow was on and we all enjoyed the
food and the company of 70 members.

See you all at the February Meeting
on 2/24/15.
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URGENT!

ZADROGA BILL UPDATE
(click here to go to our Health Care Page)

Call Barasch & McGarry to learn your rights:
1-877-WTC-0911

[The Zadroga Fund Closes in 2016]
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
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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:
chris.garcia@fdny.nyc.gov

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FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS EXPANDS SERVICES:
Counseling Sessions have expanded to Queens,
Brooklyn and Staten Island as well as Manhattan.
Acupuncture in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Massage Therapy available at $25.00 per hour.
Coming Soon: Internet Counseling Program,
and a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, accessible from anywhere.
Other services include financial guidance, yoga,
college scholarships, peer support,
and a support group for wives, girlfriends,
and partners of FDNY Families

F o F has helped over 500 Families since "Sandy".
For further information call (718) 643-0980

or E-mail them: info@friendsoffirefighters.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:
volunteer@tributewtc.org

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ZADROGA BILL UPDATE

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WTC De-Stressing
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

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CLICK HERE

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What to do if...
Our brother retirees in Staten Island have a very informative form to follow for your Spouse. It tells her what to do, step by step,
in case she was to lose her husband.
Spouse's Information Upon Death of a Member

URGENT:
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: bill@fdnyrma.org
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! 
 
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