President Mark V. Murphy
1st Vice President Keith Hansen
2nd Vice President Lou Falco
Treasurer Joe Cain
Secretary Lynn Hayes
Financial Secretary Jim Sciacca
1st Sgt. at Arms Mike Heath
2nd Sgt at Arms Ed Weireter
Editor Peg Varieur
Chaplain George Albin
Orangetown Daniel Ryan
Clarkstown Ray McCullagh
Haverstraw Manny Figueroa
Stony Point Bob Bertrand
Ramapo Mike Higgins
Trustee at Large Tim Connolly Jr
Health and Welfare John Dillon.
Historian Jack Coleman
Historian Emeritus Tony Simeti
Past President Bob Varieur
News, Gatherings and Reunions
ROCKLAND COUNTY SHIELDS OUTING TO BOULDERS STADIUM. Mark your calendars now for July 13, 2017 for another great evening at Boulders Stadium. Enjoy a summer evening of baseball, friends, food and drinks. Price includes Short Porch seating with hot dogs, burgers, salads, soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Cost is $30.00 per person and also includes entry into the park for the game. Children 4 and under are free. Doors open at 6:00 PM, game begins at 7:00 PM. Enjoy a night of baseball without breaking the bank. Please mail in your payment, or give to any board member at a meeting. This event has become a summer time favorite.
NY STATE POLICE PISTOL LICENSE RECERTIFICATION WEBSITE
There are many questions about the SAFE ACT and registration. The NYS Troopers have a website https://troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/. At this time, we recommend waiting for more information. We are scheduling a guest speaker in the near future to address questions and clarify the issues.
Below is the link to the NYSP web site for recertification of your pistol license as required under the SAFE Act. If your license was issued before January 15, 2013, you are required to complete your recertification before January 31, 2018.
There is no plan to notify license holders. You have to remember to do this on your own every 5 years. Upon completion of the certification procedure, you will be given your next "due date." You can submit your information on line or print out a paper document and submit it by mail. Paper forms are also available at all NYSP locations.
PLEASE NOTE: This system does not handle Westchester County, Nassau County, Suffolk County or New York City issued licenses. Each of these jurisdiction's current procedures still apply.
Too often spouses and families are left in a quandary upon the death of a loved one. Few
situations in life are more stressful than when a spouse passes. All too often we have a
difficult time focusing on the issues at hand and need guidance to get the deceased’s
affairs in order. A number of members have shared a guideline/list of steps to be taken.
IF A MEMBER DIES - INFORMATION TO THE SURVIVING SPOUSE OR FAMILY
(Hopefully Not Needed For A Long Time)
The following is a general guide for the widow(er) or the decease's family regarding important notifications that must be made by the surviving spouse and information you should have on hand when a retiree dies.
I. PREPARATIONS BEFOREHAND
GATHER ASSETS - This doesn't mean piling them all together. It means getting a list of all the assets at the time of the decedent's death, along with copies of statements, deeds, etc. This information is needed for probate. It's also essential for filing federal and state estate tax returns, if required.
REVIEW IRAs - If the surviving spouse is the beneficiary, decide whether to roll an IRA over to the surviving spouse.
GET GOOD ADVICE - and get it now. The money you pay to attorneys and other advisers to resolve issues NOW can be much lower than if you deal with problems AFTER a person's death.
In case of couples, usually most of the property is held in joint names and the survivor obtains same "by operation of law". However, there may be some items which were held in the name of the deceased only, and in that case it would be necessary to go to Probate Court to transfer ownership of that property, unless listed in a trust.
GET ORGANIZED NOW - When someone dies, one of the big problems for beneficiaries is locating the things necessary to settle the estate. Make sure you know before the death occurs where to find the following documents and information. (This is just a partial list)
Deeds (if any)
Safe-deposit boxes (location of boxes, contents and keys)
Life insurance policies
Funeral and burial instructions
Names and addresses of creditors and debtors
List of assets and where they are located
List of all advisers (attorney, accountant, insurance agent, stockbroker, etc.)
II. STEPS TO BE TAKEN AFTER DEATH - Notifications to be made:
1. NYC Police Pension Fund (either in writing or by telephone)
233 Broadway, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10279
Attention: Retiree Death Benefits Unit
Telephone (212) 693-5607/5919
Contact the appropriate Union for a possible existing life insurance policy and also for continuation of optional benefits, if qualified.
Police Officers - Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) at
Detectives - Detectives' Endowment Association (DEA) at
Sergeants - Sergeant's Benevolent Association (SBA at (212) 431-6555 Lieutenants and above - Superior Officers Council (SOC) at
2. Contact the NYC Health Benefits Program for Special Continuation of Coverage application (coverage for life) located at 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor, New York 10006 (212) 513-0470.
3. Contact the NYPD Operations Unit located at One Police Plaza at (646) 610-5580, for pall bearers (Funeral Director will usually do this for you) for all five boroughs, all of Long Island and Upstate New York, but not beyond Dutchess County.
4. Contact Social Security: (800) 772-1213 (Funeral Director will usually do this for you)
5. Contact Fraternal Organizations to arrange for visitors, Color Guard and possible insurance benefits
6. If a veteran, notify the Veterans Administration at (800) 827-1000 for: Grave marker, Funeral Allowance and Flag (Funeral Director will usually do this for you). If can't find discharge papers or DD 214, you will need date of Enlistment, date of Discharge, Branch & Serial Number. If deceased had 100% disability for 10 years, spouse is entitled to an additional benefit.
7. Notify your Church or Temple for announcements and to arrange for funeral. (Funeral Director will usually do this for you).
Health Insurance: COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) COBRA has a safety net. If spouse or dependent was covered under deceased's health plan they may continue coverage under COBRA for up to 36 months. New York State in 2001 amended the Administrative Code to continue Health Care Coverage for Surviving Spouses for Life (Download Information Regarding this Amendment). This enables the deceased's spouse and/or dependents to receive coverage at the group rate. The City and the Line Organization health benefits stop at the death of the members. The rate, though high, is cheaper than the non group rate.
Call: NYC Employee Benefits (212) 513-0470
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
DEATH CERTIFICATES - Death Certificates are necessary in every step to the successful administration of a decedent's estate. (Usually Funeral will obtain certificates as part of his service at current cost). They are usually needed for:
Veterans Administration (if a veteran)
Motor Vehicle Bureau if auto was in deceased's name.
1 for each insurance policy
Court (If probate is needed)
Your State Department of Revenue to obtain non-tax certificate if real property is involved.
Bank accounts held in Trust for another
1 for each account if property held in a Trust
Note: If estate is probated, some of the above will take a Letter Testamentary instead of a Death Certificate.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (With Official Raised Seal):
Social Security, (not necessary if surviving spouse already receiving benefits) Veterans Administration, if a veteran.
LETTERS TESTAMENTARY or LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION:
Motor Vehicle Bureau, if auto is in the deceased's name.
One for each bank account
Brokerage house account (share of stock or bonds, etc. that were in the deceased's name alone)
DISCHARGE PAPERS: DD 214 - (Original needed)
Social Security, if spouse was not already receiving benefits. Remember that service time counts toward qualification. They will Photostat.
Veterans Administration, if a veteran
PAID FUNERAL BILLS:
1 copy for Pension Bureau
1 copy for Probate Court
1 copy for IRS, if taxable estate.
OTHER THINGS THAT MAY APPLY (usually after burial)
Cancel any leases. (If your parent or loved one rented a home, cancel the lease after clearing out the furnishings)
Inform insurance companies
File life insurance claims for any policies on the person's life, and request that the insurers send you Form 712, Life Insurance Statement (this is a statement about the life insurance that must be filed with the estate tax return).
Make sure the car insurance company continues to cover the person's car until it's sold or transferred to a beneficiary.
Make sure the homeowners policy continues to provide adequate coverage for the person's things until removed from the home.
Notify companies the person did business with.
Cancel credit cards, and close charge accounts.
Have airlines to transfer frequent-flier miles to the primary beneficiary. (Each airline has different policy concerning this issue. Check with carrier about rules)
Consideration should also be given to making pre-death funeral arrangements. This provision, no matter how painful, should be discussed by couples and by parents with their families. Too often, spouse and children spend much too much money on a funeral and do so without really knowing what were the deceased's wishes in this regard (Place of burial, Cremation, etc.)
Consideration should also be given to having a "Family Durable Power of Attorney" (Someone to take over your finances if you become incapacitated or incompetent)
There are no words of comfort at such a difficult time, however, if you have all the necessary information at the ready it will expedite any claim that is pending, make the process run smoothly, and your stress level can be minimized.
Attached is a List of Phone Numbers that you can print out and put with your important papers.
Operations Desk 646-610-5580
NYCPD General Info 646-610-5000
Pension Section 866-692-7733
I D Card Section 646-610-5150
Employee Benefits 212-513-0470
PBA Health & Welfare 212-349-7560
PBA Caremark Drug Plan 877-722-7911
PBA Satellite 954-977-3880
SBA Health & Welfare 212-431-6555
Empire Blue Cross 800-433-9592
Medicare Re-Imbursement 212-513-0470
Social Security 800-772-1213
Social Security-TTY # 800-325-0778