President’s Message

May 2013  Welcome to the Westchester Correction Retiree’s Association (WCRA). We are an organization committed to continuing bonds formed by years of working together in a tough place. Besides the social aspect of the organization we are also ready to defend our benefits earned thoughout our respective careers via good faith contract negoitations.
 
Presently we only collect dues up a person’s initial entrance into the organization, altough yearly dues has been discussed and the need may arise that we will have to insitute a yearly dues collection. Our meetings are informal and are held two to three times a year. 
 
We look forward to the growth of our association and the continuance of those bonds well after retirement. In the past those bonds ended with retirement but now we have the chance to continue them in a pleasant atmoshere. So please join us, you will be welcomed and you will enjoy the community of our organization.
 
Martin J. DeRosa
President, Westchester Correction Retiree’s Association, Inc.

April 12, 2013  Hello All:  Well Happy Days are here again as another one goes over the wall at the WCDC. So please welcome SGT Lou Saltarelli to the ranks of the retired. Lou will retire effective 5/31/13 so if you see Lou give him a hearty congratulations on a job well done and mission accomplished! Here’s hoping Lou has a long and healthy retirement!

 FYI:

The WCRA Luncheon/Meeting is a 33 days away on Wednesday, May 15th.,2012 @ 12:30PM at Holy Smoke in Mahopac. Holy Smoke is on Rt. 6N about a mile over the Westchester/Putnam border. So I hope to see you all there and maybe even Lou!

 I have gotten responses from my Assemblywoman and State Senator concerning the NY Safe Act. There are discussions to repeal the entire act but in a reality based world I’m hoping that the amendments exempting active duty and retired law enforcement personnel get through. These seem to have a very good chance of passing!

 

Please do not forget the needs of retired CO Bob O’Dell and his family. I have heard that they have found an apartment but they are still in need of just about everything as they were wiped out. House, clothes, car and even the family pet were lost in the fire that burned down their entire condo complex. So if you have anything to send please do!

 

Well Stay well all and I hope to see many of you soon…..

 

Martin J. DeRosa

President, Westchester Correction Retiree’s Association, Inc.

PO Box 2221

Middletown, NY, 10940

www.WCRAgroup.com

March 29, 2013 Hello Everyone: Well spring has sprung, kind of, here in the Northeast but at the WCDC it has sprung someone. CO Robert Gibbs is retiring effective 3/30/13. So If you know Bob send him some congratulations on a job well done and mission accomplished. 

 

SOA EYE GLASS PLAN:

SOA has let it’s contract with Davis Vision expire and they did not renew because of the yearly cost. They felt it was more beneficial to the members to keep that money in the plan itself rather then send it to Davis Vision. So you may still go to the optometrist of your choice but bring a vision claim form with you and you may have to pay up front and wait for reimbursment from Preferred Group, who have a quick turn around on claims. Also I have been using a Raymond Optical Store in Chester, NY and they are spread around. You can continue to get 2 pairs of glasses there plus an eye exam for free, just remember that all glasses are not equal so if you opt for something not on the plan boards it will cost you. I’ve been using this Raymond Store for about 5 years and they are great, I fill my form put and they do the rest.

 

BOB O’DELL:

Any donations for Bob and his family can be sent c/o to retired Capt. Rich Pihota @ 8061 Wacobee Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579. Bob and his family were burned out of the home and they lost their car and family pet to the fire as well. It completely wiped out his entire condo complex so any thing you can send would be greatly appreciated. 

 

ESU is running a 50/50 raffle and you can see Chris Conkling for tickets, the drawing will be on May 25th., and I hope to have some tickets at our next luncheon/meeting.

 

LUNCHEON/MEETING:

Wednesday, May 15th.,2012 at Ho;y Smoke in Mahopac, NY which is on Rt. 6N, starting time is 12:30PM so please join us if you can.

 

Stay well All….

 

 

Martin J. DeRosa

President, Westchester Correction Retiree’s Association, Inc.

PO Box 2221

Middletown, NY, 10940

www.WCRAgroup.com

Dec 29, 2012  I wanted to wish everyone a Healthy & Happy New Year. Also in the news is the publication of names & addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester, Rockland & Putnam Counties. The information was released by the repsective county clerks to the Journal News (lohud.com) who published it as well as putting it on their website. I believe this was a violation of those individual’s right of privacy and that the Journal News instead of being an objective journalistic paper is nothing more that a lapdog repeating what it is told by the political machine. This is a newspaper that has no regard for journalistic integrity. Also on the front burner is the rise of co-pays recently announced in a letter from the Westchester County Finance Commissioner Ann Marie Berg. She informed me in a letter not to long ago that she can raise retiree’s co-pays as the contracts are negoitated and settled. The WCPROA has a pending law suit vs. The COW about this that dates back to the $8/$16 change. Currently this suit is stalled. The RPEA recently had it’s suit thrown out of NYS court. I believe it was unwise to sue the state in state court. So it will remain to be seen as to what happens. The Executive Board has discussed options but like anything else today options cost money and we will monitor the situation and see if we can come to a joint conclusion as to what action we can take. So as we here in Orange County hunker down for another 6+ inches of snow, Happy New Year to all and stay well…….

Marty DeRosa

 

Dec 1, 2012   Greetings All: Well it’s December 1st. and we are well into the Christmas Season! So whatever floats your boat enjoy the holiday cheer. FYI: Anyone who has left a weapon upon seperation of service with SIU please note that they are starting the procedure of destroying these weapons. So if you have a pistol permit go and get them if you want them. If not there is a solution to your problem. CO John Olimpio will buy the weapons from you. If you are interested you can contact him at djjohnnyo1@comcast.net or (845) 494-6811. Your call. FYI2: SOA’s Holiday party is on 12/7/12. FYI3: WCRA’s luncheon and meeting is on 12/14/12 at Holy Smoke in Mahopac. Stay well all…….. Marty DeRosa

Nov 27, 2012   It is with deep regret that I pass along to you the death of retired CO Carlos Chaluisant, he was 69. If my memory is correct Carlos retired about 7 years ago and was asssigned mainly to the 11/7 your. He was living in Wappinger Falls and his complete obituary can be found in the Poughkeepsie Journal on line. So if you can please send your condolences to his family and RIP Carlos. Marty DeRosa

Nov 8, 2012    Elizabeth – I was told that you were interested about our plight versus Westchester County. I had written to the County Board Chairman Ken Jenkins about the county’s stand concerning a retro active payments to a group of retiree’s who opted into a NYS buyout at the time of their retirement. There were 8 retiree’s that were effected by this who were owed about $6000.00 average each in retro active salary payment. The county would not budge on this issue and the respective unions finally gave in to get the contracts settled. The only recourse for the retiree’s was to sue their former unions which was a brilliant move by the county since the process was done in contract negoitations. Some of us have decided not to sue our former unions as we still have many friends on active duty. But this action was basically a theft. All of those who retired using the buy out had 25 years of service and could have retired anyway. Using the buyout only added service credit to their pensions and did not cost the county anything. Those employee’s who used the county sponsored buyout received $25,000.00 in cash, this group of 8 did not and actually the county would not include it’s correction & police officers in their buyout. Now with the contract settled the county has send former COBA members notices that their co-pays will be going up. There have beens several legal actions that have ruled that this is not allowed yet the county still persists in doing so. The WC Police Officer’s Retirement Association is currently in litigation from the past increase. The supervisor’s union which settled their contract recently (SOA) I am sure these retiree’s will receive the same notifications of increase. The county basically says “Sue Us” disregarding all legal precedent. The cost of civil litigation for an action like this is anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000 and for my members that would related to an assessment of between $160 to $255 per member. This seems to be the WC way. I do not know if you’ll write about this but this is the truth and the way governments deal with their retiree’s and active duty people. When I first started in civil service I was told by my supervisor that working for the goverment was the most impersonal job you will ever have. Your employer does not care about you and feels you are replaceable at anytime, that was 1974 and he was right. The cc’s on this email are to my executive board and board of director’s only. Thank you for your time.

Marty DeRosa

Sept 28, 2012   It is with deep regret that I pass along to all of you the death of Donna M. Spencer, wife of retired Capt. Charles Spencer. Donna died on 9/27/12 and she was 58. When I was single the Spencer’s often invited me over for dinner, looking out for a wayward bachelor. The wake & service will be at McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Jct., NY, Sunday from 2-4 pm and 7-9pm with the service at 8pm. If anyone wishes you can go to the funerla home’s link. Donna was also the sister of deceased Capt. Richie Petrizzo. RIP Donna it was way to soon…

Marty DeRosa

Sept 24, 2012  Greetings All: We are several days into Fall and what there is to report is mimimal. WCRA Treasurer Laurie Carman has stepped down and has been replaced by Pete Rufo who has volunteered to handle the duties. Since this vacate’s the Secretary’s position any WCRA MEMBER wishing to fill that position should let me know. The Executive Board & Board of Directors are meeting this Wednesday and any candiate(s) will be voted on by the combines Boards at that meeting if there are any volunteers. Also on the agenda that day will be the collection of yearly dues to start either in 2013 or 2014. Once decided by the Boards WCRA members will vote on the proposal. The majority of this will be done by email. All votes will be printed and tabulated and open for inspection at the December meeting/luncheon. Anyone member who does not have an email address (there are 6 that I know of) can vote at that meeting. The next meeting/luncheon will be held on Friday, December 14th.,2012 at Holy Smoke in Mahopac. Starting time is 12:30 PM. So come on and lets usher in the Yule time together. SOA has concluded thier contract talks and settled on a contract that is basically the same as COBA’s. Those of you who retired on or after 1/1/2009 are eligible for retroactive payments except those retiree’s who used the 2010 buyout in conjunction with their retirment. Everyone else is eligible. When SOA gets everything voted on and settled I will seek a copy of their contract for reference. Stay well all and I hope to see you in December…

Marty DeRosa

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