APRIL 2021
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April 2021


With springtime and warmer weather upon us, I hope all had a good winter. I assume all our snowbirds who travel to the warmer weather have returned home. Hopefully, the COVID 19 Virus will behind us and most of our older members have been vaccinated and by summer most of the country and world will also have been vaccinated and we return to some normalcy in our lives. I do not know about you, but I am looking forward to the summer and all the barbeques, picnics, and other great events that we all enjoy. I am not rushing the spring and summer time, but I always look forward to our National Convention. So, save the dates for our September 12-14, 2021, 32nd Annual Convention being held at Villa Roma Resort.

 

Below is legislation being supported by the National NYCPD 10-13 Organizations, Inc., for the 2022-2023 legislative session. The obligation and the focus of the National is to support legislation which helps benefit our members and their families. As you are aware, for the past decade we have rigorously submitted Health Protection legislation. This is one of the most important pieces of legislation for our members and their families. Even though we are protected by NYC's Administrative Code, intro 580, which gives us protection for our Health Insurance and Medicare Reimbursement, it only takes the Mayor and the NYC Council a strike of the pen to change these laws. This has already been done to NYS retirees, by changing the Civil Service Laws. It also has been done in other states and cities throughout the country. As I have reported recently, and as you are aware of by now, N.Y. State and N.Y.C are crying poverty due to the COVID-19 virus. Even with the Federal Stimulus Package that will send New York State & City approximately one hundred million dollars bailout funds. The Governor and Mayor are still talking about raising taxes and cutbacks. We have already been told by our Key Bill sponsors and co-sponsors that any legislation that has a Fiscal Note (COLA Bills) attached to it will be difficult to move forward this year. it should also be noted that for the 3d year in a row, the state is looking to freeze the Medicare Part B reimbursement at the current rate for retirees. We, along with the Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations of New York and its numerous organizations are strongly opposing this proposal.

 

It is important for us to support this type of legislation, as that would set a precedent to protect retirees who were guaranteed these benefits. Upon retirement, retirees can no longer negotiate or have a voice through collective bargaining. Their only resource of protection is through their elected officials. It is important that the National be involved with the Alliance of Public Retirees of New York, which includes other NYS and NYC Retiree groups. It's also important that we visit with legislators and communicate through Memoranda of Support to make sure our voice is heard.

 

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

 

Lobby Day for the 2021 Legislative Session has been cancelled due to the Legislators office closure due to COVID-19 Virus. Presently, the National NYCPD 10-13 Association supports the below bills.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS PROTECTION BILL -  Protects benefits we earned upon retirement.

 

SPONSORED BY:

 

Senator Andrew Lanza                                                          S #5030-21

 

Staten Island, District 24          (718) 984-4073

Albany Office Rm# 708L        (518) 455-3215

 

Assemblyman David Weprin                                      A # 4203-20

 

Fresh Meadows, Queens, District 24    (718) 454-3027

Albany Office - Rm# 526L                             (518) 455-5806

 

 

VETERANS SUPPLEMENTATION BILL (RETIREES)

 

SPONSORED BY:

 

Senator John E. Brooks                                                         S #5110-21

 

Massapequa, NY District 08                            (516) 882-0630

Albany Office Rm. 513L                                 (518) 455-2765

 

 

Assemblywoman DiDi Barrett                                               A #6452-20

 

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. District 106                      (845) 454-1703

Albany Office — Rm. 841L                            (518) 455-5177

 

 

COLA ENHANCEMENT BILLS (SIX) 

 

SPONSORED BY:

 

Senator Anthony Gounardes                                                 5- S#’s

 

Bay Ridge, Dyker Hgts, Bklyn, District 22      (718) 238-6044

Albany Office — Rm 902L                             (518) 455-2730

 

*NOTE: Senator Gounardes is the new Chairman of Civil Service and Pensions Committee. All the above Bills must come out if his committee to move forward.

 

 

Assemblyman Peter Abbate                                       5- A#’s

 

Brooklyn, District 49               (718) 236-1764

Albany Office — Rm 839L     (518) 455-3053

 

*NOTE: Assemblyman Abbate is the Chairman of the Government Employees Committee. All our Bills must also come out of his committee to move forward.

 

 

Senator Neil Breslin                                                               1-S#

 

Albany Office — Rm 430C     (518) 455-2225

 

Assemblyman Phil Stec                                                           1-A#

 

Schenectady, N.Y., District 110           (518) 377-0902

Albany Office — Rm 702L                 (518) 455-5931                                  

 

VARIABLE SUPPLEMENTS FOUND-TEMPORARY TASK FORCE

 

SPONSORED BY:

 

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.                                            S-268-21

 

Howard Beach Area, District 15          (718) 322-5760

Albany Office — Rm 409L                 (518) 455-2322

 

 

Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther                                     A-3716-21

 

Middletown, N.Y., District 100            (845) 342-9304

Albany Office-Rm 826L

 

 

VARIABLE SUPPLEMENT FUND FOR ALL

 

Senator James Sanders, Jr.                                                   S-5107

 

Ozone Park & Far Rockaway, District 10        (718) 523-3069 & (718) 327-7017

Albany Office-Rm 711L

 

 

**Senate: President and Majority Leader:

 

Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, Yonkers       (914) 423-4031

Albany Office — Rm 907L                             (518) 455-2585

 

 

** Speaker of the Assembly:

 

Assemblyman Carl E. Heastsie, Bronx, N.Y.   (718) 654-6539

Albany Office — Rm 932L                             (518) 455-3791

 

**Senator Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Heastie must approve all bills to move forward for Governor Cuomo to sign the bills into law.

 

 

Some of the above-mentioned Bills have not yet been numbered or gone through the Committee process. At this point, the only way we will see these Bills voted on and sent to the Governor, is if we make the sponsors of the Bills aware of how important the Bills are not only to our membership but to all retirees and veterans.

 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!  In order to make the sponsors aware, we ask that each National NYCPD 10-13 member CALL the individual sponsors, Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Carl Heatsie. The call can be "short and sweet". Just mention that you are a member of the National NYCPD 10-13 Organization, as well as a member of the Alliance of Public Retirees Organization of New York. State the importance of the Bill to all retirees and veterans and the need of the sponsors' support.

 

In addition, we ask that you call your district Senator and Assembly Representative and ask them to co-sponsor the above Bills.

 

Please make the calls. The more calls the sponsors receive the better chance we have in getting the Bills passed. Remember, there is strength in numbers! These Bills will benefit all of us. If we do not actively stand-up for ourselves, Who Will?? If you have any family or friends that reside in the above Senators and Assemblymen's districts, please ask them to also call them at their district offices.
 

Fraternally,

 

Frank Martarella

Cell# 718-637-1684
email: cicheech@aol.com

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AUGUST 2020
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August 17, 2020

Dear Future NYPD Retirees:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedicated service as a member of the greatest Police Department in the world, the NYPD.

We wish you a healthy and happy retirement. We open the doors of the world of the retirees, and invite you to become a member of a Chapter (of your choice) of the National NYCPD 10-13 Organizations, Inc. Being a chapter member is an offer of the camaraderie enjoyed by your fellow NYPD retirees, and the pride of belonging to NYs Finest. It also helps retirees who decide to move to other areas of the country. We have 12 great chapters and are expanding.

The National is the parent organization whose main objective is to protect and enhance the hard earned benefits that you deserve. After you retire, the only way to gain, enhance and protect your benefits is through legislation. The National NYCPD 10-13 has been in the forefront as the leading and most recognized go-to entity respected by the legislators of New York City and New York State. Some of our accomplishments include: COLA, Medicare Reimbursement and Surviving Spouse Legislation.

We are working hard to attain improvements to the COLA, Health Insurance Protection and gain a supplement to Veteran's who are unable to buy back their time.

I encourage you to get involved and join one of our national chapters, to enjoy the friendship of other NYPD Retirees, to become aware of what retirees face and to become an active voice as a proud member of the National NYCPD 10-13. Take a moment to look at the National's website: www.nationalnycpd1013.org, Read the History, the President's Message (the current page you're reading now), and Chapter Links.

This is a sad and somber time for any civil service retiree. In particular, for NYPD active and retirees. We must remain strong and remain together to protect and enhance our hard earned benefits now more than ever. Strength is in numbers, get the word out. Join a 10-13 Club and get involved.

All members in good standing are entitled to enter their college bound children or grandchildren to win one of three (3), $1,000.00 Scholarships each year. Each member receives a courtesy card, and may attend our Annual Convention (we just celebrated our 30th). Enjoy your retirement knowing that the National NYCPD 10-13 and its Chapters are looking out for you and your families. As President, I am available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about our organization and will try to assist you in your concerns.

See list of National 10-13 Chapters.

Sincerely,
Frank Martarella
Cell#; 718-637-1684
email: cicheech@aol.com

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JUNE 2020
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June 20, 2020

Dear Board Members, Presidents, Members and Friends:

With summer and warm weather upon us, I think there has never been a more dangerous time for our active brothers and sisters, not to mention that there is a nationwide assault against law and order. In addition, let's not forget the officers throughout the country that gave their lives or were injured during the recent riots.

For the 2019-12020 New York State Legislative sessions, we worked very hard to move forward with our Legislative Agenda. We were able to obtain additional co-sponsors for legislative bills and this was achieved without our Annual Lobby Day trip to Albany due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We had also received verbal commitments from numerous legislators. It appeared that we were going to have a successful legislative session. Then "BOOM" the coronavirus comes upon us and Albany shuts down.

After the New York State budget was approved, eventually we started communications again with Albany. I mailed 35 Thank You and Request to Co-sponsor Our Bills letters to legislators who had already co-sponsored at least one of our bills. As the legislative session was moving along, "BOOM" the George Floyd incident happens which starts riots throughout the country. But as usual, New York City is at the forefront of the craziness and the anti-police movement. It is crazy the anti-police bills that the state legislators and city council members are proposing, needless to say our 2020 Legislative Agenda went nowhere. We have started preparing for the 2021-2022 legislative session by sending out more than 25 Letters of Support, as has our Hudson Valley chapter. In addition, the NYPD Retired Sergeants Association, of which I am their Legislative Representative, has sent out the same Letter of support. After the June 23rd primaries, and as the November New York elections approach, we will start distributing "PAC" funds to our key legislative supporters.

This is a sad and somber time for any civil servant retiree, in particular police related bills. But we will not give up and surrender. We must remain strong and remain together to protect and enhance our hard earned benefits, now more than ever.

On another note, I am truly honored to have been re-elected President of the National NYCPD 10-13 Organization. I would like to thank you all for your support and trust in me to lead the National in its future endeavors. I would like to thank my Executive Board; Rich Molloy, Marie Zolfo, John McLoughlin for continuing to stay on with me. I also want to thank Hudson Valley President John Briganti for accepting the first vice-President position and Rich Morrill who was appointed Chairman of our Committees. I would like to especially thank President Emeritus, Anthony V. Perrone for his many years of dedication and service to all of us. Tony will remain active with the National. I still cannot believe how lucky we are to have such a knowledgeable and dedicated team to continue the work of the National.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I want to thank all of our Chapter Presidents, Executive Boards and their members for their dedication and continued support of the National 10-13 Organization.

SAVE THE DATES: Our 31st national Convention will be held at the beautiful Villa Roma Resort on September 13th to 15th, 2020. I recently spoke with the management of Villa Roma and was advised that the facility, including all amenities will be operational on June 22" and all coronavirus safety issues have been addressed and all precautions will be adhered to. Please make every effort to attend our convention this year.

Again, I want to say "Thank You" for your support. I look forward to seeing many of you at the National Convention this September.

Sincerely,

Frank Martarella



 

MARCH 2020
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March 25, 2020

Dear Chapter President & Members:

Another winter has passed, we are in Springtime and summer quickly coming upon us. Usually, at this time of year, our snowbird members are returning from the warm weather of the south and we are busy preparing scheduling of our annual Lobby Day and scheduling Legislative Agenda meeting. However, the Coronavirus pandemic is upon us and, at this time, most of our snowbird members are staying in Florida. Our Lobby Day Albany trip has been postponed.

The 2020 legislative session looked very encouraging to us. We had numerous meetings with key legislators, our attorney and other organizations, and we had received commitments and support for our Legislative Agenda. However, "Puff", utter chaos when the Coronavirus created massive shutdowns, particularly New York. The state budget has not been passed, as of this letter, and at this time, the budget and not Legislative Bills is Albany's main priority along with attempting to control the Coronavirus pandemic. In my lifetime I have been seen anything like the disaster that is upon us.

This is an election year for state senators and assembly members, and the members that we have contacted are reluctant to meet in their district offices at this time. Based on conversations and feedback, April 20th, when schools are scheduled to re-open, we will have a better picture as of what will transpire in New York. I have been told that May 1st is the earliest that the Legislators anticipate that they will be returning to Albany. Keep in mind that the 2020 Albany Legislative session will end in June. As you can see it does not leave much time to move our Legislative Bills forward, not to mention that Governor Cuomo is already crying poverty. Your National Executive Board will continue to aggressively communicate through letters, telephone conversations and hopefully future visits with our state legislators.

As we know, retirees, when they were active negotiated for and earned benefits for their future, and sometimes gave up pay increases and other benefits. Not having the ability to vote or negotiate regarding our benefits leaves us to look to our elected officials to protect the benefits that we fought for and earned. Once we have a clearer picture of what is happening in Albany as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will give you an update.

REMINDER: SAVE THE DATES, our 31st National Annual Convention (flier enclosed) is scheduled for September 13-15th at the beautiful Villa Roma Resort & Spa Hotel in Calicoon, New York. This year I am requesting that all of our Chapter President or their designee attend. Remember, All family and friends are welcome…..the more the merrier, making a successful convention.

Stay Sage during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Fraternally,
Frank Martarella, President.
Cc: National Board Members