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The Tier 3 Pension Seminar for MOS appointed on or after July 1, 2009 scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 11 has been postponed.  The Pension Seminar will be held on Tuesday, July 25. . All else remains the same.

TIER 3 PENSION SEMINAR

For MOS appointed on or after July 1, 2009

Everything you wanted to know about your pension but were afraid to ask.

Your questions concerning retirement will now be answered – including questions about the new disability law!

Plan your future based on fact, not rumors.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Antun’s

96-43 Springfield Blvd.

Queens Village, NY 11429

Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.

Presented by Joe Maccone, former CO of the Pension Section and sponsored by the DEA, PBA, and SBA

Seating is limited, so get your reservation in early.

Call the PBA Office at 212-349-7560 or email pensionseminar@nycpba.org

The following information will be needed when calling or emailing for a reservation: full name, rank, command, contact number, Tax ID number, and whether or not your spouse will be attending.

PBA, SBA, and DEA members Free. 

$25 for Members of other ranks … payable at the door.

To:       All DEA Members

From:  Michael J. Palladino, President

Re:      The Assassination of P.O. Miosotis Familia, 46th Precinct

 

As you are already aware, Police Officer Miosotis Familia of the 46th Precinct was assassinated early this morning while in the performance of her duty. Her senseless killing is heartbreaking as she leaves behind three children. Officer Familia had a reputation that preceded her as a hard working officer, a wonderful mother, and a wonderful, caring person.

 

The reason, as well as the way she was killed, is very disturbing as it parallels what occurred to Police Officers Wen Jian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Hopefully, this is an isolated event. However, as we have experienced in the past, an incident such as this could spark and encourage copy-cat events. As a result, I ask you to use extreme caution when you are in the street performing your lawful duties. Make sure you wear your bullet-resistant vest. Please be cognizant of all those around you and avoid being distracted by the use of cell phones and other devices.

 

On behalf of all DEA members, I relayed our condolences to PBA President Patrick Lynch and pledged our support to the family of Police Officer Familia and the 46th Precinct.

 

Please remain safe,

 

Michael J. Palladino

President

DEA

 

The DEA received this Fact Sheet from the Office of Labor Relations as an update on the situation regarding Legionnaires’ disease at the 23rd Precinct. Please make sure members and others who might have to stop by that building are aware of this situation.

 

FACT SHEET ON LEGIONELLA AT 23RD PRECINCT

JUNE 27, 2017

 

Overview

Following a report of a case of Legionnaires’ disease involving a police officer at the 23rd Precinct in early June, the Health Department has been working closely with the NYPD on an investigation and response at the precinct.

On June 20, the Department learned that a person who works at the precinct had developed Pontiac fever, a mild syndrome caused by Legionella, at around the same time that an officer from the same precinct was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Both officers are doing well.

As part of our ongoing investigation, the Department sampled water outlets at the precinct to look for strains of Legionella bacteria that most commonly make people sick. Our culture tests have come back negative for these bacteria.

Nevertheless, because the NYPD had taken steps to treat its water system, the Health Department is now conducting additional rounds of tests to confirm the efficacy of this treatment.

There have been no new cases identified since this treatment took place.

 

Cases

The Health Department has detected two (2) cases of Legionella bacteria associated disease in workers at the 23rd Precinct building - 162 E. 102nd St, New York, NY 10029.

The two cases involved one officer diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, and another officer diagnosed with Pontiac fever – which is a mild illness caused by legionella bacteria. We are not aware of any other cases at this time.

The Department learned about the first case on June 9.

The Department received a laboratory report of the second case on June 19, made contact with this individual the next day (June 20), and found out during an interview that the patient worked at the 23rd Precinct.

The two officers are doing well.

 

Health Department’s Response

Following reports of the first case on June 9, the Health Department and the NYPD have been working together and discussing remediation steps.

A new cooling tower in this building had not been turned on yet for the summer season when these two cases took place.

With the cooling tower ruled out as a source of infection, the Health Department has focused on testing the water supply for Legionella bacteria.

On Saturday June 10, the Health Department took water and swab samples from water fixtures, including faucets and shower heads.

These samples were sent to the City’s Public Health Lab on Sunday June 11 to detect the specific species of legionella that can make some people sick, called Legionella pneumophila (LP).

Bacterial culture is the gold standard for detecting legionella and it takes up to two weeks.

Final culture test results came back on June 26 and were negative. Nevertheless, two cases associated with one facility prompts an ongoing investigation.

 

Remediation Steps

Ahead of results, the NYPD took the steps to treat its water system that the Health Department would have recommended if the test results were confirmed, including changing showerheads.

As is routine, the Health Department is now conducting additional rounds of tests to confirm the efficacy of this treatment.

There have been no new cases identified since this treatment took place.

 

Current Recommendation for Officers

The Health Department recommends that officers aged 50 or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease, or people with weakened immune systems not take showers in the building until the investigation is complete.

The building is open and the water is safe to drink.

 

Community Outreach

The Department has conducted extensive testing of the water system, and has kept NYPD and the PBA informed.

The Department has held three informational sessions for officers at the 23rd Precinct, and continues to be available for questions and guidance.

Health Department officials continue to be available for public consultation and guidance.

 

Public Health Information and Advice

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia. It is caused by a bacteria that grows in warm water, and occurs more often in summer months. There are many varieties (species). Legionella pneumophila is the species that most often causes human disease.

People only get sick by breathing in water vapor containing the bacteria.

Legionnaires’ disease is not transmitted from person to person. Groups at highest risk for developing this type of pneumonia include people who are aged 50 or older -- especially cigarette smokers -- people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).

Symptoms resemble other types of pneumonia and can include fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches. People living and or working in the area who are experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention with a primary care provider or seek urgent care.

Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics. Early treatment results in the best outcomes. Most people get better although they may need to be hospitalized. In rare cases, people may get very sick or even die from complications of the disease.

Nationwide the number of reported cases of Legionnaires‘ disease is increasing. The CDC reports a more than fourfold increase in reported cases since 2000.

 

NYC’s New Cooling Tower Legislation

In August 2015, Mayor de Blasio signed Local Law 77, and last spring the Health Department promulgated the strictest regulations for cooling tower oversight in the nation. The new requirements allow the City to quickly identify and remediate problematic towers, which are potential sources of Legionnaires’ disease.

Every year, there are between 200 and 400 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the city.

 

Number of Legionnaires’ Cases by Year

2012: 177

2013: 301

2014: 225

2015: 428 (including 138 from South Bronx Outbreak)

2016: 269

The DEA wants to ensure all of our members are registered to vote in the upcoming election: especially since we need you to vote NO to a Constitutional Convention in New York State. If you are not yet registered, you can —

 

REGISTER ONLINE

 

You may register online through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Click on the link below:

https://voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/

 

REGISTER BY MAIL

 

To vote in the 2017 Primary Election — your registration form must be postmarked in the United States mail no later than August 18, 2017. (It must be received by the Board of Elections by August 23rd for you to vote in the Primary.)

 

To vote in the 2017 General Election — your registration form must be postmarked no later than October 13, 2017. (It must be received by the Board of Elections by October 18, 2017 for you to vote in the General Election.)

 

Party enrollment changes received by October 13, 2017 will be effective for the 2018 Primary Election.

 

REGISTER IN PERSON

 

You may register in person at your local Board of Elections or any State agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year, but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local primary, your application must be received no later than August 18, 2017.

 

IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS

 

Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 23, 2017 by a county Board of Elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State and Local Primary.

 

VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY

 

September 5, 2017 is the last day to postmark an application by mail for an absentee ballot. September 11 is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot and the last day to postmark the ballot. The ballot must be received by the Board of Elections no later than September 20, 2017. September 12th is the last day someone can deliver a ballot in person to the local Board of Elections on behalf of a voter

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VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE STATE AND LOCAL GENERAL ELECTION

 

October 31, 2017 is the last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot. November 6th is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot and the last day to postmark the ballot. The ballot must be received by the local Board of Elections no later than November 15, 2017. Military voter ballots must be received no later than November 21st. November 7th is the last day someone can deliver a ballot in person to the local Board of Elections on behalf of a voter.

 

REGISTRATION FORMS are available at the DEA Office.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DEA PRESIDENT

Protect Your Pension – Vote NO in November

to the referendum for a New York State Constitutional Convention

 

Click here for information and video

 

There is a push by some political factions in New York State to hold a new Constitutional Convention. Not only would this needlessly cost the State of New York over $100-million, it would open New York’s Constitution to hastily thought out changes and reversal of laws and protections that took more than 200 years to put into place, including our pension benefits and their protections.

 

A referendum whether or not to engage in a Constitutional Convention will be on the ballot for voters in the next election, November 7, 2017. We urge our members to vote NO when the Constitutional Convention is placed on the ballot this November. Please watch this video link and distribute this film to all your colleagues, family members, and friends who live in New York City and State.

 

 

On June 7th, in Albany, State Senator Todd Kaminsky with Assemblyman Brian Curran held a plaque dedication and ceremony honoring the late Det. Steven McDonald. Kaminsky represents Rockville Centre and Malverne, where the McDonalds live. The State Senate unanimously passed a resolution renaming the Nassau County portion of the Southern State Parkway the “The Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Highway.”

The DEA marks its 100th year in 2017. The Centennial Dinner will be held October 6, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel on West 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Guest performer will be Lee Greenwood.

 

We will be posting a secure link for the ordering of tickets.

 

The union is currently working on celebration plans and has created a new challenge coin, which is available at the DEA, as are 2017 commemorative cards, decals, and other items.

The DEA is also interested in collecting high resolution scans and/or loans of original photographs, documents, or any other interesting memorabilia relating to the history of the DEA or the NYPD’s Detective Bureau. Email digital files or contact Sam Katz at the DEA at samkatz@nycdetectives.org   Materials can also be scanned at the Union.

On Friday, June 9th, DEA President Palladino had a discussion with the Chief of Department Carlos Gomez regarding the new Department Plaque Enforcement Unit, consisting of eight traffic agents, eight Police Officers and eight Sergeants. They’ll be patrolling in every Borough and paying particular attention to Department autos and Officers’ personal cars parked in areas of violation (i.e., parked in crosswalks, bus stops, driveways, in front of fire hydrants, no standing zones, etc.). The Unit will be directed to issue summonses to personal cars. The Chief of Department and the Chief of Patrol Inspection Units will also be monitoring parking issues, and utilizing Twitter feeds that show violators. Department autos will not be summoned or towed, but CDs will be issued to the operator of the vehicle if it’s found to be parked illegally without justification. Please ensure no one has license plate covers, especially on Department vehicles.

 

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office has reviewed most of the cases of NYPD Det. Louis Scarcella and has thus far come to the conclusion that he did not engage in any alleged misconduct. In response to the Brooklyn DA’s admission thus far, Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. President Michael J. Palladino released the following statement:

 

“The Brooklyn District Attorney’s brief finally articulates what we suspected all along. Drowning in controversy, former District Attorney Charles Hynes tried to use Detective Scarcella as his life preserver by tarnishing long-retired Det. Scarcella’s reputation and the reputation of the entire NYPD by wrongfully accusing him of misconduct on his many cases. This has caused Det. Scarcella and his family much pain and distress over the past five years. Now, Scarcella’s reputation must be restored.”

 

Paragraph 49, found on pages 28-29 from the 63-page “Affirmation in Opposition to Motion to Vacate Judgment” in the case The People of The State of New York vs. Shawn Williams, Defendant, states: “The Conviction Review Unit of the King’s County District Attorney’s Office (“C.R.U.”) has completed review of the forty-one other cases in which Detective Scarcella was involved in the police investigation. In thirty-four of those forty-one cases, the District Attorney’s Office has concluded that it will defend the conviction. In the other seven of those forty-one cases the District Attorney’s Office has consented to vacatur of the judgment of conviction. In each of those forty-one cases, the decision of the District Attorney’s Office regarding whether to defend the conviction or consent to vacatur was based on consideration of all of the facts and circumstances of the case. In each of the seven cases in which Detective Scarcella was involved in the police investigation and in which the District Attorney’s Office has consented to vacatur of the judgment of conviction – namely, the cases of Robert Hill, Darryl Austin, Alvena Jennette, Roger Logan, Vanessa Gathers, Carlos Davis, and Derrick Hamilton – the decision to consent to vacatur was for reasons not related to any alleged misconduct by Detective Scarcella. In addition, in another case in which Detective Scarcella was involved in the police investigation – the case of David Ranta – the District Attorney’s Office, before the creation of the C.R.U. in its current form, also consented to vacatur the judgment of conviction; but in that case, too, the decision to consent to vacatur was for reasons not related to any alleged misconduct by Detective Sacarcella.”  [Vacatur is Latin for “vacated.”]

 

Louis Scarcella joined the New York Police Department in 1973. He was promoted to Detective in December of 1981, earned second grade in March of 1988, and was promoted to first grade Detective in December of 1993. He retired from the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad in March of 1999. Scarcella’s brother was also a Police Officer, as was their father Dominick. Dominick Scarcella joined the force in 1955 and retired as a Detective in 1982. He passed away in 2003.

 

Scarcella has been forced to bear five years of public humiliation after the former Brooklyn DA propagated unfounded charges about his integrity, resulting in a review of his cases, which included the aforementioned convictions. Cases are still being reviewed, but it is suspected the investigation will conclude shortly.

 

Statement from Det. Michael J. Palladino

President, Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc.

Regarding New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrating the terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera

 

“When elected, the Speaker took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and Viverito violates that oath every time she celebrates this terrorist. On behalf of the cops he injured and civilians he killed, I condemn the Speaker for her words and actions. Any politician who embraces evil and terror has no business holding office in this country.”

 

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