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September 28, 2020
Many Accomplishments Since 1978

     Right from the beginning in 1978 the NYPFRA was lobbying and working with legislators in Albany to continue the pension supplementation benefit to retirees, which had to be passed every two years and signed into law.  In the 80's & 90's there were improvements to the supplementation benefits that we worked to accomplish with other retiree associations.

    In 1993 when Carl McCall became the NYS Comptroller after Edward Regan resigned, we worked closely with the new Comptroller and his staff.  We supported the Comptroller when he sued Governor Cuomo and Pataki for their raids on your pension fund in 1993 and 1995 and both cases were won, returning millions to the retirement fund.

    Since 1995 we have lobbied  with other retiree groups to pass health insurance protection legislation which would protect that benefit.  Ask yourself, "How important is that issue?"  This legislation was passed in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006 which Governor Pataki vetoed each year.

    In 2000 working with the governor, comptroller and legislature we were able to help pass the now historic Permanent COLA Legislation which has helped many retirees and will be there for future retirees.  And we are continually supporting legislation to increase the COLA benefits.

    In 2004 we stood along side NYS Comptroller Allen Hevesi at a major press conference in Albany.  The Comptroller announced he would bring legal action against Governor Pataki if he acted on his proposed changes to the pension fund, the governor did not act.

      In 2007 the health insurance protection legislation was improved and passed by the legislature and vetoed by Governor Spitzer.  But Governor Spitzer noted in the veto message to establish a Task Force to review retiree health insurance benefits and to propose protective legislation.

   On Nov. 4, 2008 Governor Paterson's vetoed our health insurance protection legislation S6648 / A9895 but stated he will issue an Executive Order to establish a health insurance Task Force in 2009 to study retiree concerns.  Our Association along with the NYSPFFA and was supported by PCNY and NYSFOP help draft this legislation.

   In 2009 Health Insurance Protection Legislation S5543/A7060 was again drafted. It prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance as of May 1, 2010; defines employers to include the state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions. 

   In 2009 thru 2020 our health insurance protection legislation was again drafted but alwayed stalled in the state legislature. 

    Presently we are working on 2021's Health Protection Legislation.

    In the past we have worked with the Westchester Police Pulaski Assoc., Police Columbia Assoc., Emerald Society of Westchester and on a statewide legislation for retirees with the NYSPFFA, PCNY.  We supported the defeat of the call for the NYS Constitutional Convention.




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