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ON-DUTY INJURY 9/28

 

If anyone received an on-duty injury, the City is permanently responsible for treating said injury under Section 207(c) of the NY General Municipal Law This does not require disability retirement.

 

However, for several years, the City has balked at covering treatment once the employee has retired. Rick Brunelle has engaged an attorney to look into the matter, but the City has refused to provide any info due to HIPAA. If anyone has received an on-duty injury and the City has refused to cover treatment, it would be appreciated if you contact Rick at: rbrunelle2@twcny.rr.com. HIPAA doesn't apply to if you are freely sharing your own information.

 

SPD SPONSORED HR218 QUALIFICATIONS for RETIRED OFFICERS - 10/8 (Sat)

 

From John Savage: The SPD Chiefs Office has approved the SPD Firearms Section to administer HR-218 Qualifications for retired SPD Officers ONLY.

 

HR-218 is the federal certification initiative that allows retired police officers who left in good standing with their LE agency, to carry a concealed handgun nationwide. You must also have a valid Pistol Permit in the state of your primary residence. If you are currently retired from SPD but currently employed as a sworn law enforcement officer for another LE agency, you do not need the HR-218 certification to carry nationwide.

 

See the Coming Events tab for further details

 

SPD JOB OPENING - 8/24

 

spdpatchThe Syracuse Police Department is seeking a qualified Special Patrol Officer [SPO] candidate to fulfill the position of ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of the JUNIOR CADET PROGRAM.

 

This position is designed to be part-time in accordance with NYS Retirement System guidelines for retired law enforcement officers. The Assistant Director will work under the guidance of a Director to facilitate and energize a 50-week program for youth between the ages of 18 – 24 years old. The comprehensive program is designed to provide individuals with training and work experience that will assist them in pursuing a career in law enforcement. You will be mentoring and training our next generation of Syracuse Police Officers. Program Goals: Upon successful completion of the Junior Cadet Program, cadets will be eligible for a fulltime civilian position at the Syracuse Police Department, until such time that they are accepted as a Police Recruit in the Syracuse Regional Police Academy.

 

Minimum Requirements for Assistant Director SPO Position:

 

If interested, please contact: Syracuse Police Department; Human Resources Division at hr@syracusepolice.org

 

PENSION COLA ANNOUNCED - 8/13

 

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has announced that the new pension cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 3%, the highest COLA ever, and the maximum amount authorized by statute. The prior highest COLA was 2%, a mark hit just once. The COLA is applied to the first $18,000 of your pension benefit. Generally, you must be over 62 years and retired for 5 years. The COLA is based on 50% of the rate of inflation, and can never be less than 1%, or higher than 3%.

 

The COLA increase will appear in monthly pension payments starting in late September. The maximum annual increase is $540, or $45 per month.

 

Recognizing the deficiency in the current formula, RPEA has had legislation introduced to enact a “catch up” provision going back 21 years to provide a COLA equal to the actual rate of inflation, while keeping the 3% cap in place. The “catch up” applies only to retirees already eligible for a COLA. The bill also raises the income threshold from $18,000 to $21,000, which would apply to everyone going forward.

 

With the actual rate of inflation hovering at a 40 year high of about 9%, retirees need help. Our “catch up” provision in the new bill will provide a boost for those already retired and eligible for the COLA. The “catch up” would be a one time calculation, but it would become part of your base pension amount, and you would receive it every year going forward. It will be our highest priority next session.

 

PENSION FUND POSTS 9.5% RATE OF RETURN - 8/13

 

Yesterday Comptroller Tom Di Napoli announced that the State Pension Fund investment returns was 9.5% for the state fiscal year that ended March 31, 2022. The return on investments increased the Fund's value to $272.1 billion.

 

As this is indeed good news, While pensions are guaranteed and safe it is reassuring to see positive return during these volatile times in the investment realm. Secondly, the high return and growth in the Fund bodes well for our increase the COLA next year, as the fund is secure safe. We commend Comptroller DiNapoli for his stewardship of the fund.

 

During the fiscal year the Fund paid out$ 14.7 billion in benefits. The 9.5% rate of return far exceeds the Funds long-term rate of return of 5.9%.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES - 7/18

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Cayuga County S.O. job opportunities

Security Officers: $22-24 part-time

Go to .. https:mycivilservice.cayugacounty.us

Scroll down to "Continuously Accepting Applications", Special Patrol Officer

 

Cicero PD is hiring 3 SROs (Cicero El, Lakeshore El and Smith Rd El).

Resumes can be submitted to: Srotunno@ciceropd.us

 

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood advised that he is seeking multiple school resource officers in Madison County for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in applying for a school resource officer position, please email Todd: todd.hood@madisoncounty.ny.gov

 

Veterans Affairs Police at the VA hospital has 10 police Officer openings. No military experience necessary. Starting pay $52k.

Check USAJOBS for further info. The posting should be out this month. https://www.usajobs.gov/job

INSURANCE NOTE- 6/15

SPD has started to contact members with forms to update their life insurance information. This is legitimate. I encourage everyone to complete the form and return it ASAP. A few years ago, a member contacted me because he hadn't changed his beneficiary from wife #1; he was on wife #5 at the time.

 

Just to recap, when you retire, you carry a no-cost life insurance policy with you. Retirees have $10,000 in coverage. There is no expiration. There used to be more depending on your age, but I've been told this is a flat rate now.

 

MAY 2022 MEETING

 

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President Marcely asked for a moment of silence honoring members who have recently passed away and for the victims and families regarding the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas

 

United Police & Fire Retirees Report:

 

New Business:

 

Good & Welfare

 

Have a safe and happy summer. See you when we resume meetings in Sept.

 

CITY OF SYRACUSE LIFE INSURANCE - MAY 14

SPD has started to contact members with forms to update their life insurance information. This is legitimate. I encourage everyone to complete the form and return it ASAP. A few years ago, a member contacted me because he hadn't changed his beneficiary from wife #1; he was on wife #5 at the time.

 

Just to recap, when you retire, you carry a no-cost life insurance policy with you. Retirees have $10,000 in coverage. There is no expiration. There used to be more depending on your age, but I've been told this is a flat rate now.

 

SPECIAL PATROL OFFICER

After months of work, I was finally able to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Chief Buckner permitting our retirees to work Dome events/traffic control. For those who are interested, please complete this application and return it to the PBA (PO Box 11218, Syracuse, NY 13218). The application states to return it to City Hall, but if you send it to me, I will make sure it gets filed properly.

 

When completing the application, under the "Employment Data" section, select Other (list), and next to the selection, write "SPO". Retirees will be called in "on an as-needed" basis to supplement details, which will help our active members from being ordered in. As I have previously explained, we are having a very difficult time filling Dome related events due to our staffing crisis. The rate is $28/hr, which is the current rate for our SPO's who work for SPD. If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Joseph Moran - PBA President

 

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AIR 1 FOUNDATION

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Please help keep Air 1 flying.

 

The Air 1 Foundation website (Facebook)

 

 

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.......... IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL RETIREES ..........

 

HEATH INSURANCE INFO FOR THOSE NOT ON MEDICARE

 

HELP FOR SENIORS

 

MEDICARE (Part A & B)

 

MEDICARE-DRUG PRESCRIPTION PLAN (Part D)

 

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM

 

NYS SAFE ACT & RETIREES EXEMPTION

 

PISTOL PERMIT

You are now required to recertify your pistol permit. Here is the link to NYS Troopers website to do so.

 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 

PROJECT LIFESAVER

 

SURVIVOR HEALTH INSURANCE

 

TAX DEDUCTION FOR INSURANCE PREMIUM

 

UNITED HEALTH CARE

 

VETERANS

 

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