Union Meeting's President's Report

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
President's Report
for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY

Special Business

Security Benefit Fund (SBF) Help Table Today
Members who require help regarding dental, prescription drugs, optical or any other benefits provided via the UFA SBF, should visit the SBF table today. SBF personnel are there to help you.

Today's Agenda

3/4 Disability Bill Update
BILL NUMBER: SB 7105, SPONSOR: Senator Martin Golden, TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to disability benefits for certain members of the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund or the New York City Employees' Retirement System. UFA President Steve Cassidy will update the membership on the current status of this Bill.

GOTV/Political Action 2016
On April 19th, along with the Presidential Primary, Special Elections will take place for the current open seats in both the NYS Assembly & Senate. The UFA will be requesting off-duty members to turnout and support, longtime friend of Firefighters, Chris McGrath who is running on the Republican line in the 9th New York State Senate district turnout in the special elections will be critical. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with the campaign for phone banking, literature drops and poll watching on Election Day. If you are able to help out, please contact Matt DesJardin at MDesjardin@ufanyc.org or 212-545-6967. The campaign headquarters is located at 721 Franklin Ave, Franklin Square, NY 11010. Note: To be a Poll watcher, you must be a Nassau council resident.

IAFF Legislative Conference
The 2016 IAFF Legislative Conference, was held on April 4-6, during which a primary piece of Legislation being addressed is a National cancer registry for all professional Firefighters. The UFA along with UFOA, and many NYS local Fire departments met with members of the NY delegation including NYS Senator Chuck Schumer. UFA Vice-President Jim Slevin will update the membership.

2016 UFA Delegate Seminar
Seminar registration & hotel room reservations must be made by check only, payable to the "UFA" (phone registration CANNOT be accepted), along with the proper form. It must be returned NO LATER THAN APRIL 20th to receive your discounted rate. After April 20th, you'll need to make your room reservation by credit card directly with the hotel at the full-price per-night rate - if rooms are still available. Note: Additional registration forms are on the Trustees Tables.

Defensive Driving Course
The Course will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 5pm SHARP! Pre-registration is required; PLEASE NOTE - SEATING IS LIMITED! Defensive Driving Participants MUST be pre- registered for class by calling Mike Chierico at 631-587-2435 or 516-527-5838 and leaving a message with their Name and Unit Number. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE! Class will start promptly at 5pm & registration will close shortly beforehand. Note: Confirmation lists are on the Trustees Tables.

UFA 2016 Parking Placard
Reminder: Return Your Placard # List to UFA: Delegates must record placard number assignments and fax, the provided company member list to the Recording Secretary's office, ATTN: LeRoy McGinnis at 212-683-4359 ASAP, noting the placard permit #s given to each member, and company roster changes. Delegate must keep a copy for records.

NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs College Scholarship/Active Members
Applications for the NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs Memorial College Scholarship are now being accepted. Each Scholarship is worth $2,500. The Scholarship is open to all Active UFA Members who are currently enrolled in college. Applicants must submit a letter explaining why they are deserving of this scholarship (i.e. seeking credits for promotion, completing courses towards a degree, etc.); in addition to the college you are attending. Please include a cover sheet with your name, assigned company, work location, (if different) & contact information. Due by Friday, June 3rd. Please send to: UFA 204 East 23rd St NY, NY 10010, Attn: LeRoy McGinnis.

NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs & NYS Professional Firefighters 2016 Ted Green Memorial College Scholarships
Postmark deadline to submit application is May 14th. Submit information to: NYS Professional Firefighters Association, 174 Washington Ave, Albany, NY, 12210. Eligibility: The scholarship competition is open to high school. seniors & recent high school graduates who will not have completed more than one year of college by September 2016. Applicant must not have graduated from high school. before 2015. Applicant must be a child of an active uniformed union member of the NYS Professional Firefighters Association. Members of the Executive Board or employees of the NYS Professional Firefighters Association or their children are not eligible. Announcement of Winners: Scholarship winners will be announced at the 78th Annual Convention of the NYSPFFA, Ithaca, NY, June 27-30, 2016. Awards: Awards are made when the recipient has registered at an accredited undergraduate college as a full-time student or any school furthering education beyond high school. Amount: An award of $2500 is given to those students who are selected. College Entrance Exams: Applicants will be required to take the SAT or ACT test. Students must have taken this examination no later than January of 2016. Scholarship Essay: Approximately 400-500 words indicating why you should be the recipient of the award. Applications and additional information can be obtained online HERE.

Update Your Address, Email, Phone #s with the UFA
Members and Delegates wishing to receive important information or notifications from the UFA should insure that their residence addresses, email addresses, home and cell phone numbers on file with the UFA are updated and accurate. In order to do this, you must prepare and sign a 'SBF Change of Address Form' and mail to the UFA, Attn: SBF. Forms can be obtained from your Delegate, who can assist you, or you can call the UFA SBF at 212-683-4723, or visit the Forms Section of the UFA web site. Additionally, members wishing to receive e-mails from the UFA should add the UFA e-mail address, UFA@ufanyc.org, to their contacts. Members are reminded to also notify the Fire Department of your changes, especially your mailing address.


Stephen J. Cassidy