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Regret to inform you of the passing of P.O. Many Ortiz Rochester Police Department. A memorial service for Rochester police officer Manuel ''Manny'' Ortiz will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 E.Main Street, Rochester, NY. Parking for the services will be available in the South Avenue parking garage.


Ortiz ,52, accidentally shot himself in the leg while driving to work on Saturday evening His sport utility vehicle crashed into a ravine along Empire Boulevard in Penfield. Investigators located his re-holstered weapon inside the crashed SUV. ''We may never know how the gun went off'' Sheriff Baxter said during the press conference. ''This was a tragic accident.''

From: President Peter Ruszczak






To: Directors, Presidents, Members.

From: President Peter Ruszczak


New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli meets with picketers at Rochester's GMC Lexington Avenue plant - DiNapoli sent a letter to General Motor's CEO calling for quick end to the dispute. The strike by thousands of union members is costing the state money. He told Spectrum News that NY States' pension fund is at stake with millions of dollars in shares of the company's stock. "We have 3.8 million shares of GM in our portfolio for the state pension fund", DiNapoli said. We know the last time there was a strike at General Motors, it cost them billions of dollars in revenue. It cost the market share as well. GM posted record profits of $35 billion over the last three years.


Retirees Say 1.6% Social Security COLA cost of living is not Enough - Sixty-three million retirees will get a 1.6% cost of living increase from Social Security in 2020.For the average retired worker that means $24 per month, according to estimates released by Social Security Administration.


NY COLA INCREASE - The September 2019 COLA equals 1.0 percent, for a maximum annual increase of $180.00,or $15.00 per month before taxes. You will receive notification of the net change in your monthly pension in September if you are eligible to receive this COLA increase.


BLUE WATER NAVY VETERANS FINALLY RECOGNIZED FOR HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO AGENT ORANGE - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing process Agent Orange exposure claims for'' Blue Water Navy'' Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan 9,1962, and May 7,1975. These Veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicidal exposure through Public Law 116-23, Blue Water Navy Viet Veterans Act of 2019, which was signed into law June 25,2019 and goes into effect January 1,2020. They may qualify for presumption of service connection if they have a disease that is recognized as being associated with herbicide exposure.

For more info visit: https//www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/orange/navy-coast-guard-ships-Vietnam/ or call 1-800-827-1000


NEXT MEETING - Nov 13th/11:00AM, SPONSORED BY WATERTOWN RETIREES - VFW POST 1400 231 BELLEW AVE WATERTOWN, NY 13601 RSVP REQUIRED . ELECTIONS 2020: If your interested in running for a position please contact Pete send email note below.





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