MEMBER UPDATE On March 1, 2012 The FDNY eliminated The 5 Year Recertification Program, and implemented a new 3 year Challenge Refresher. The Union filed both a grievance and an improper practice. The City filed a petition challenginGENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Please be advised that the next General Membership Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 1, at 7:00PM
Notice to Members regarding EMS Operations Order 2013-129 (Preservation Notice: Perry V. City Overtime Litigation)Notice to Members regarding EMS Operations Order 2013-129 (Preservation Notice: Perry V. City Overtime Litigation) Members are not required to sign the "Receipt of Preservation Log" YOU SHOULD NOT SIGN THIS DOCUMENT! The attorneys have advised Loc136
Brothers and Sisters,
We regret to inform you of the passing of our sister EMT Rose Scott who had been stricken with illness due to her exposure at W.T.C.
Arrangements are as follows:
Tuesday February 21. 2017
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Service 7:30 pm
Grace Funeral Home
607 Conduit Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Line Up at 10:00 am
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Farmingdale, NY 11735
We encourage all off duty members to pay their respects in Class A Uniform
From The Chief Leader
February 6, 2017
Courtesy of COBA
INCREASING THE PENALTIES: State legislators and law-enforcement-union leaders at a press conference announcing a bill that would classify any crime against a first-responder performing his or her duty as a hate crime. From left, State Sen. J. Martin Golden; Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association; Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Alonzo West, president of Westchester COBA; and Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr.
ISRAEL MIRANDA: 'Unacceptable' to target them.
Leaders of first-responders’ unions last week praised a bill introduced in the State Legislature that would make offenses committed against their members hate crimes, thereby increasing the maximum sentences.
Its key sponsors are State Sens. Martin J. Golden of Brooklyn, Fred Akshar of Binghamton and Patrick Gallivan of the Buffalo area, and Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr. of Brooklyn. All three Senators are Republicans and law-enforcement veterans; Mr. Abbate is a Democrat.
‘Targeted Due to Uniform’
“Men and women who voluntarily put the uniform on every day are being targeted specifically because of that uniform that they wear,” Mr. Akshar, a former Sheriff’s Deputy in Broome and Chenango counties, said at a press conference Jan. 30.
“That’s the exact reason behind the Community Heroes Protection Act. It’s one which would designate any crime that targets anyone who has a job to protect the community as a punishable hate crime.”
“Although there will always be danger, I am confident that the Community Heroes Protection Act will help protect New York State,” said Mr. Golden, who left the NYPD after being seriously injured making an arrest.
“It’s common sense to protect those who keep us safe every day,” Mr. Abbate said.
Current Protected Classes
The state hate-crimes law says it covers victims “intentionally selected, in whole or in part, because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation.”
The bill would add police officers and other first-responders to that list. Responders would be included if they were targeted because of their uniforms or activities.
Such crimes that are C, D or E felonies would be bumped up one level for sentencing purposes. For example, a C-level assault that normally would have a maximum sentence of 7 years could be upgraded to a B felony, worth as much as 15 years. Other C felonies include manslaughter and several firearms violations.
Union leaders speaking at the press conference and interviewed later were positive about the legislation.
“New York State is sending a clear message that it stands with law enforcement and other emergency personnel who put their lives on the line to keep the public and our local communities safe,” said Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.
“We support the concept that any assault against a police officer, firefighter, fire officer, a member of the Emergency Medical Services, every first-responder should have an additional penalty come with it and be seen as an aggravating factor,” said Jake Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.
“Our Firefighters and so many other first-responders put their lives at risk every single day to rescue others,” said James Slevin, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “To know that criminal acts—against our heroes—are on the rise is a serious concern…This bill will help ensure that crimes targeted against our brave emergency-service workers will be punishable as hate crimes.”
Israel Miranda, who heads the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507 of District Council 37, said assaults are the leading cause of injury among first-responders nationwide.
“But this is not about your normal assault,” he said. “This is about any first-responder and any uniformed employee who is assaulted or killed because of the uniform they wear and the job they do. This is unacceptable.”27
State of the Union
Brothers and Sisters:
As we enter 2017 we expect to be very active politically in Albany and New York City:
We continue to have a very aggressive agenda in Albany. In 2012, Governor Cuomo created a new pension Tier (Tier 6) that did not carry over many of the special benefits many uniformed groups may have previously had. With our strong advocacy, we were able to negotiate and retain these special benefits for all new employees. These include our "25 and Out" pension, ¾ Disability Benefit, the Heart Bill, Widows and Orphan benefits, and the H.A.T (Hepatitis, Aids and Tuberculosis) Bill for all new employees hired in 2012 and beyond.
The current Tier 6 pension does not allow a three percent reduction in contributions for the members after ten (10) years of service to mirror our Tier 4 members. This year, we have introduced legislation that focuses on reducing Tier 6 member's contributions rates so they mirror the contributions made by our Tier 4 members. This bill is very important to many current members and all future members.
Pending NYS Legislation
- Fire Inspectors "25 and Out" Pension Bill, which did not receive a "home rule" message from our City Council last year, has been reintroduced and awaits a fiscal note from our New York City Actuary's Office.
- The previously introduced Chapter 96 Refund Bill has received a Bill Number and has been sent to our City's Actuary's Office.
- Our Latest legislative bill, drafted with the help of Sponsor Senator Martin Golden, will help address the many problems our members encounter with NYCERS process and denials of both World Trade Center (W.T.C) Disability claims and non-WTC claims. This bill has been fast tracked by its sponsor in the New York State Senate and will be forwarded to the appropriate committees in Albany.
Say No to NYS Constitutional Convention
The State Constitution requires a ballot referendum every 20 years to debate changes to our State Constitution. New York voters must consider the question of whether or not to convene a constitutional convention. The next referendum, which is mandatory, will be on the ballot on Tuesday November 7, 2017. If it passes, a constitutional convention would be scheduled. Once convened, the convention has broad powers to make any constitutional changes it views as necessary. A majority floor vote is necessary for any changes to be put forth by the convention.
Public sector unions must be ready to protect against corporate and anti-union interest advocating for changes to collective bargaining rights and pension language. The protection of our pensions lies in Article V, Section 7 of the NYS Constitution. This section states membership in any pension or retirement system of state or of a civil division thereof shall be a contractual relationship, "the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired". A state constitution could alter or remove this clause.
New York City
- In New York City, most if the City Council will be term limited and all other major elected positions will be strongly contested. We must engage and support people in City Government who understand the challenges we face locally and nationally.
- Locally, the City Councils Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, which is chaired by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, has introduced a bill to create a replacement policy for our current ballistic body armor. This is long overdue.
- Recently we were informed that F.D.N.Y Operations has approved an improved female combo type vest. Survival Armor has developed a certified "Structure Female" model that provides a custom fit for various female sizes while providing the same protection as the current armor.
- The City Council is also introducing an initiative for Fire Inspectors to receive points if they are interested in taking the Fire Departments open competitive exam for firefighters.
- FDNY Demonstration Project : On January 17th the Department went to Albany and proposed to the SEMSCO Committee a demonstration project, which would allow CFRD to administer aspirin, nebulized albuterol and epipens. Our team, led by Secretary Treasurer Don Faeth, testified against the proposal. We must continue to protect our profession and not allow lesser trained providers to dilute the established nationally recognized standards.
- Standard of Care: If the FDNY has a desire to raise the level of care this must be accomplished with more FDNY ambulances staffed with EMS professionals. As the Department and the Local share that aforementioned goal we have opened discussions to upgrade current personnel to EMT-CC. We also continue to advocate with the Department, the City Council and the Mayors Office for re-opening the Supervisors titles to EMT's.
- Alternative Work Schedule: The A WS has been in place for four months. There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback from management on its operational impact, as well as positive feedback from members of a personal nature. Therefore a meeting has been scheduled to expand the A WS pilot by at least 5 locations. However, there have been payroll issues associated with this programs roll out. While most issues have been resolved we continue to work with FDNY Payroll, the Office of Labor Relations and the Office of Payroll Administration to resolve the remaining issues.
We will face many challenges in the future but we have faced many challenges in the past. We must continue in solidarity to protect the benefits we have acquired and pursue the quality of life we deserve.
In closing, "Let us not seek the Republican answer or Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future". -J.F.K
Local 2507 has received notification that The Bureau of Health Services will be closed tomorrow February 9, 2017. All EMS Annual examinations, WTC Medicals, and Clinic Appointments are also cancelled.44
Brothers and Sisters:
Our Brother William DiPietra from Station 46 unfortunately has had a relapse of a very aggressive form of cancer. He was previously diagnosed with a stage 4-brain tumor. His previous neuro surgery had removed the tumor and with chemotherapy we expected a positive outcome. Recent CT' s have discovered another malignant tumor.
Our brother needs your help. We are asking members to donate time if possible using a leave donation form.
For more information, please call the union office at
Brothers and Sisters:
Our Union has been informed of misinformation, which has been posted on social media in reference to our Tier 6 members who are participating in the 25 and Out Pension program. There are NO Social Security offsets associated with our 25 and Out Pension for our Tier 4 or Tier 6 members.
All responsible reporters should confirm their information before disseminating it to a public forum. Social media is a very good tool; unfortunately members should not believe all which is posted. Members may reference the NYCERs website or call the union office for proper information.
February 1, 2017
Upcoming Contractual Compensation: On March 6, 2017 all members of Local 2507 will receive a 3% increase to their annual salary. On September 5th of this year members will receive a 3.03% increase to their annual salary. On September 6, 2017 all members who have completed their third year will receive a new longevity of $1,171.00 annually for the rest of their career.
On September 6, 2017 all EMTs and Paramedics assigned to and working on Haz -Tac units will be entitled to the assignment differential. A 3% will be added to base salary for the first year of assignment, after one year of assignment a 6% will be added to base salary. Most Haz-Tac members have completed their first year of assignment.
Alternative Work Schedules: We have not heard of any negative feedback from management on its operational impact in the everyday services we provide in our 911 system. We have had many issues with payroll adapting to our 12-hour tours due to system programming and City Time. We have been working with payroll at the Fire Department, Office of Payroll Administration and Office of Labor Relations to correct many of these issues moving forward.
Many members participating in the 12 Hour Tour Pilot Program have shared positive feedback with the Union. Many members at non-participating work locations have shared interest in participating. We have asked for a meeting with management to discuss its expansion to other possible work locations. We will keep you advised.
FDNY Demonstration Project: (Additional CFR Skills) On January 11, 2017 the Fire Department went to Albany in front of the SEMSCO Committee to propose a demonstration project for firefighters to administer Albuterol, Aspirin and Epi - Pen. These are responsibilities, which are currently done by our members. Our team led by Secretary Treasurer Donald Faeth testified in Albany against this proposal, which was voted down by a 16-4 vote. We must continue to protect our jobs and what we do. A copy of his testimony is on the table. Great job to Don and his team.
Legislation: Our Tier 6 Legislation, 25 and Out Pension Bill, Chapter 96 Bill and our NYCERS Bill are awaiting or have received bill numbers, and will be forwarded to the appropriate committees in Albany and the New York City Actuary’s office for a fiscal note if needed. We will keep you advised.
Community Heroes Protection Act: On January 30, 2017 both Local 3621 and Local 2507 attended a press conference in Albany in support of this New York State wide legislative initiative. This law would increase penalties for those who commit crimes against any emergency service worker. Any Uniformed Public Employee who serves in Emergency services who is targeted specifically because of the uniform they wear or services they provide in protecting the community. This crime will be treated as a hate crime. This bill is designed to protect all EMS personnel, Firefighters, Law Enforcement and Correction personnel in New York State.
Division Coordinators are denoted by an (*) and may be reached by cell phone or by asking for them by their Division listed below. If you have difficulty contacting the On Call member, notify the union office at (718) 371-0310.
|Emilio Martinez||Division 1 Coordinator - 646-662-9057|
|Eddie Mendez||Division 2 Coordinator - 917-215-8617|
|Alan Cooke||Division 3 Coordinator - 646-236-0538|
|Mike Greco||Division 4 Coordinator - 917-691-4693|
|Keisha Brockington||Division 5 Coordinator - 347-432-3686|