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CBS 2

Man Charged In EMT Yadira Arroyo's Death Waives Court Appearance

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New York Daily News

Career criminal was released weeks before killing EMT Yadira Arroyo because judge didn’t have his rap sheet

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The Chief Leader

EMTs Union Leading Charge on Bill Giving Judges More Say on Pensions

By MARK TOOR

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A disability lawyer and the leader of the union that represents Paramedics and Emer­gency Medical Technicians have teamed up to try to speed the resolution of cases in which a State Supreme Court Justice determines that a pension board has unreasonably denied a three-quarter-pay disability pension to a worker who was injured on the job.

Right now, in most cases a judge is limited to sending such a case back to the board for reconsideration, which can set off a bouncing-ball effect.

Board Can Refuse Again

The pension board, usually acting on the advice of its medical board, can deny the ­request again. Now the worker, who may have a half-pay pension or none at all, must spend $8,000 to $10,000 to hire another lawyer and wait even longer for relief.

Chet Lukaszewski, the attorney, and Israel Miranda, president of District Council 37 Local 2507, announced a bill March 16 that would allow judges to simply order the pension board to grant a disability pension to a worker who has been disabled by an on-the-job injury.

They say the change would help even out the imbalance of power between pension board and workers. Social Security and Workers’ Compensation judges have the power to grant awards, Mr. Lukaszewski said.

The bill is being sponsored by State Sen. Martin J. Golden, who left the NYPD in 1983 after he was seriously hurt while making an arrest, and Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr., who chairs the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees.

‘Levels Playing Field’

Under current law, “a court cannot grant them the pension, no matter how outrageous the judge thinks the no-disability finding is,” Mr. Lukaszewski said in an email. “This really levels the playing field and makes the funds not above the powers of judges, and will help ensure no one falls through the cracks when a medical board flat-out gets it wrong.”

“No one should have such power that they can’t be overruled,” Mr. Miranda said in an interview.

“Our members put themselves on the line every day,” he added. “Many have been denied disability pensions by medical boards although evidence clearly indicates they’re disabled.”

Workers who are badly hurt on the job “have no choice but to put in for a disability pension,” he said, noting that the agency that employs the worker has usually declared him or her disabled. That means the worker cannot fulfill the standard functions of the job.

Often Forced Out

In most cases, he said, disabled workers are forced to leave. Mr. Lukaszewski said that under civil-service law, people can be terminated for a medical inability to return to work.

Mr. Miranda said that most of the three-quarter-pension requests filed by his members are denied and that he believes other unions have the same experience.

“The majority of municipal employees are put at risk of losing their jobs and losing and having no pension at all, and no medical benefits, and having to try and pay an attorney to fight for them for years and years,” Mr. Lukas­zewski said.

“Many may eventually begin to collect a reduced, vested pension in the future, if and when they reach the point where they would have been able to collect a service pension. But before that occurs they will collect no pension and they and their family will have no medical benefits.

“People literally lose their homes and life savings as a result of the current loophole, which this bill, if it becomes law, will close.”

NYCERS Not Talking

A spokeswoman for the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, which handles pension requests for Mr. Miranda’s union, said the board does not comment on proposed legislation.

Mr. Miranda said the change in the law would have no negative effect on taxpayers, since the retirement funds depend primarily on workers’ contributions.

Mr. Lukaszewski said he has been urging the change in pension law for years. “The person who finally made it happen was Israel Miranda,” he said. “I presented the idea to him and the proposed language, and he really got behind it and took it to Sen. Martin Golden and Assemblyman Peter Abbate, who have sponsored it. They and their teams are spearheading it in Albany.”

“Our members have been complaining for years about the NYCERS process,” Mr. Miranda said. “We’ve met with them, but nothing has changed because they have absolute authority.”

Gives Judge Discretion

The proposed change would add language saying that a judge, “upon a finding that [the pension board’s] determination was arbitrary and capricious and not supported by substantial evidence, may annul the determination and grant the petitioner the requested disability pension."

Under current law, a judge has that power only when the pension board declares that a worker is not disabled as far as his or her job title goes. Judges have no such authority in cases where the board decides the worker is disabled but the disability is not job-related.

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Member Update


Members interested in utilizing the Local 2507 Bus Transportation for EMT Yadira Arroyo's Funeral on Saturday March 25, 2017 should confirm seating availability by contacting the assigned on-site bus coordinators or by emailing your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
All requests for seating MUST be made and confirmed by Friday March 24, 2017 12 Noon.
Please contact the following Bus Coordinators for seating:

Staten Island

Keisha Brockington (347) 432-3686
Seats are available on the Staten Island Bus

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Member Update


Members interested in utilizing the Local 2507 Bus Transportation for EMT Yadira Arroyo's Funeral on Saturday March 25, 2017 should confirm seating availability by contacting the assigned on-site bus coordinators or by emailing your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All requests for seating MUST be made and confirmed by Friday March 24, 2017 12 Noon.

Please contact the following Bus Coordinators for seating:

Queens
Fort. Totten: Chris Pierce (516) 644-1412
Station 45: Mike Greco (917) 691- 4693

Brooklyn
Station 38: Alan Cooke (646) 236-0538
David Cook (347) 782-4910
9 Metro Tech: Lance Winfield (516) 506-8019

Manhattan
Station 4: Miguel Perez (34 7) 738-3492

Bronx
Station 20: Tony Dedivanovic (646) 468-2675

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Member Update

Saturday, March 25th

Local 2507 Charter Bus Pick-Up Locations for the LODD Funeral for EMT Yadira Arroyo


EMS Division 1
299 South Street Manhattan NY
1 bus - Arriving: 0800 Hrs --- Departing 0840 Hrs

EMS Division 2
EMS Station 26 - 1264 Boston Rd Bronx, NY 10456
2 Buses - Only for Members of.Station 26
Arriving: 0800 Hrs - Departing: 0900 Hrs

EMS Station 20-1410 Pelham Parkway Bronx, NY 10461
1 Bus - Arriving: 0800 Hrs - Departing: 0900 Hrs

EMS Division 3
EMS Station 38 - 554 Winthrop St Brooklyn, NY 11203
2 Buses - Arriving: 0800 Hrs - Departing: 0840 Hrs

9 Metro Tech Center
1 Bus - Arriving: 0800 Hrs - Departing: 0840 Hrs

EMS Division 4
EMS Bureau of Training- Fort Totten Building #325
2 Buses - Arriving: 0800 Hrs - Departing: 0840 Hrs
EMS Station 45 - 58 - 65 52nd Rd Woodside, NY 11377
1 Bus - Arriving: 0800 Hrs - Departing: 0840 Hrs

EMS Division 5
Station 22 / Division 5 - 460 Brielle Ave Staten Island, NY 10314
1 Bus - Arriving 0800 Hrs - Departing 0840 Hrs

 

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Member Update

To All Brothers and Sisters,

The Grand Jury will be interviewing witnesses starting tomorrow, Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM. This is a closed courtroom proceeding. We will not be allowed in to observe and it is not open to the public.

On Wednesday March 22, 2017, there will be an open court; this will be the first time the defendant will see a judge since his arraignment. We encourage all to attend on Wednesday.

Opening Court Appearance - Open to the Public

Wednesday March 22, 2017
10:00 AM
Bronx Hall of Justice
265 East 161 st Street
Court Part FB

In Solidarity,
Israel Miranda

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Viewing

Viewing will be Thursday March 23, 2:00 to 4:00PM & 7:00 to 9:00PM

and

Friday March 24, 2:00 to 4:00PM & 7:00 to 9:00PM

at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462

Funeral

Saturday, March 25 at 11:00AM
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 2345 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468

Interment location has been changed - to be determined.

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President Miranda addresses the press after the court hearing for Jose Gonzalez who was arraigned for the murder of EMT Yadira Arroyo, a mother of 5 and 14 year veteran of FDNY EMS.

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Member Update

The Arraignment for Jose Gonzalez who is being charged in the death of EMT Yadira Arroyo is scheduled for Today Friday March 17, 2017 at 1600 Hours at the Bronx County Criminal Court located at 215 East 161 st Street (between Sherman & Sheridan Avenues and 265 East 161 st Street between Morris & Sherman A venues) Part AP 2 Bronx, NY 10451.

Members are encouraged to attend and show support!

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Member Update

Bunting Ceremony for

EMT Yadira Arroyo killed in the line of duty on 3/16/17


will be held at Station 26 - Morrisania 1264 Boston Rd. 10456
at 1600 hours today. 

Members are asked to attend in Class A Uniforms.

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President's Message

Bill Addressing Disability Pensions

3/16/17

Today, at a press conference held on the steps of City Hall, State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Peter Abbate CD-Brooklyn) announced they are sponsoring a bill (S.1762/A.2988) that would protect members of the public employee retirement systems from having to endure repeat appeals from a retirement system determination denying a disability pension when the reviewing Court finds that the denial was arbitrary, capricious, and not supported by substantial evidence.

View PDF of Press Release and New York State Senate Bill Addressing Disability Pensions

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