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To: Directors, Presidents, Members.

From: President Peter Ruszczak



by Kevin Hassett President of Retired Police Association

Mayor of New York City promising to give charged individuals free baseball tickets, movie passes, and gift cards to encourage them to return to court. How about the crime victims?


Are they going to get gift cards or tickets to baseball game? No one has tried estimate of how costly these tickets and gift cards will be to the law abiding taxpayers. But the Mayor's office has concluded that the baseball tickets will have to be Mets tickets, because Yankee tickets are too expensive. New York City Court officials have called the Mayor's plan disgusting, and merely rewarding the law breakers for committing a crime. Finally a statement that makes sense. Many believe these individuals will sell their gifted tickets and still fail to show up for court. Its mandatory to submit all reports, photos and grand jury testimony within 15 days of arrest.


The town of Freeport, here on Long Island with 43,00 residence, estimates that to comply with the 15 day requirement to produce evidence will cost them an additional $2 million dollars each year. New York City estimates that it will cost $100 million to comply with this mandates that were implemented without any input from law enforcement or courts



NYS Proposed Budget Affects Retiree Health care Benefits

RPEA Testifies Against Proposed NYSHIP Health Benefits Cuts


Today, testifying before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees, RPEA Executive Director Edward C. Farrell addressed proposals that would reduce Medicare reimbursement for retirees enrolled in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). He stated, "Retirees have spent their careers in service to the residents of New York. Their days of earning a salary are over and they are living their retirement fully expecting to utilize benefits they earned during their employment. These cuts will impact the health and well-being of real people and they are not acceptable."


Specifically RPEA is opposing the Governor’s proposals to:


.. Cap the Medicare Reimbursement at the current rate of $144.60

.. Eliminate the Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) reimbursement


In addition to these concerns, RPEA requested parity between retirees and active employees in the NYSHIP Empire Plan regarding access to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), an item not included in the Governor’s proposed budget. Empire Plan retirees and active employees pay identical premiums, yet retiree benefits are not existent. Specifically:


.. Empire Plan enrollees under the age of 65 have coverage for 120 days of SNF care with no hospital stay required.

.. However, upon eligibility for Medicare at the age of 65, the Empire Plan provides no SNF coverage to retirees.

.. So, the SNF benefits available to retirees are reduced to those provided under Medicare, which includes only 20 days of coverage and requires a 3-day hospital stay


RPEA noted, "Older enrollees are more likely to need skilled-nursing services and care. We consider this policy to be age discrimination. We call upon the Legislature to rectify it, by including it in the final budget." It would be very helpful if you would reinforce RPEA’s position with your local legislators. Legislators hearing from constituents is our most powerful and effective way to achieve success.



U.S. CENSUS JOB OPPORTUNITY: Jobs line: 1-855-JOB-2020

Be part of history, every 10 years since 1790 the U.S. has undertaken the momentous task of counting its population. This is your opportunity to play a role. The first step is to complete the online job application (https://recruitment.2020census.gov/). Here's the information you'll need to provide to get started: Social Security number - Home address - Email address and phone. Date and place of birth. If you do not provide the required information, your application will not be considered. If you're a veteran who would like to claim Veteran's preference, you will need supporting documentation. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans' Preference page (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference).

Pay rate ONONDAGA- MONROE COUNTY- $18- $20 per Hour Full - Part time











Read the meeting minutes report (pdf)




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