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Member Update

Brothers and Sisters,

On November 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Union monthly meeting, we will have a special guest, the Honorable Assemblyman from Brooklyn Peter J. Abbate. He will discuss our upcoming legislative agenda for 2017. His support and sponsorship over the years has been instrumental in achieving all the benefits we currently have today. Our 25 and Out, Three Quarter Disability Bill, Heart Bill, Widows and Orphans Bill, HAT Bill (Hepatitis, Aids and T.B) and our Assault Bill.

This year he will be sponsoring or supporting our Tier 6 contribution reduction Bill which has been drafted, our NYCERS Reform Bill which will be drafted soon. Our 25 and Out for Fire Inspectors and the Chapter 96 Refund Bill. We must continue to support the Legislators who support us.

Please come and show him the gratitude and respect, which has been well deserved.


In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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EMT squad spots, disarms knife-wielding attacker while responding to unrelated call in East Village


EMTs Ryan Gref and Bruce Fonseca. 

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)




Updated: Friday,October 7, 2016, 12:20 AM

An East Village restaurant owner almost got sliced and diced by a disgruntled ex-employee who attacked him with knives — but a pair of quick-thinking FDNY medical techs saved the day.

EMTs Bruce Fonseca, 30, and Ryan Gref, 35, ran into the frightening scene Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. as they responded to a 911 call on 14th St. at Avenue B.

The two heard screams for help as they got out of their ambulance — and ran over to find a terrified man fighting for his life on the street while another went after him with two long knives.

“(He) was trying to stab the other person,” said Gref. “I yelled to catch the guy off guard and removed the knives.”

Victim attacked in Chelsea by man making 'anti-white statements'

Fonseca helped restrain the knife-wielding man until police got to the scene. The grateful victim told the EMTs he had just fired the angry attacker, who was his deliveryman.

The EMTs got there with “just enough time ... the knives were making their way to the (victim’s) neck,” Gref said.

The duo was able to subdue the armed man without difficulty thanks to their training.

It also doesn’t hurt that they’ve worked together for several years.

Belgian police officers stabbed, attack could be terror-related

“We can feed off each other’s vibes,” Fonseca said.

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The FDNY Ice Hockey Team B
will hold a charity hockey game
Saturday, December 17, 2016
at 8:00 PM

The Rinx, 660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, NY


Tickets $10.00 &
Unwrapped toy gift
at the door.

Proceeds benefit the Long Island 9-1-1 Veterans
The FealGood Foundation

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Member Update

Please be advised that the Local 2507 Union has an open dialogue with EMS payroll to inquire and attempt to correct the recent payroll issues that have occurred. 

All active members who have recently experienced a payroll issue for the time period of September 18, 2016 thru October 1, 2016 and have not been able to correct it are to contact the Union office.

Please provide the following information to the Union:

- Name
- Title
- Station
- Shield Number
- Employee ID Number
- Phone Number
- Payroll Issue

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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President's Report

October 5, 2016

Legislation: On September 11, 2016 we were summoned to participate in the signing of the re-opener for registration for first responders who participated at the W.T.C rescue and recovery site. We would like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Golden, Assemblyman Abbate and all the other unions and advocacy groups who supported this bill. A special thanks to Wendy Ireland and group.

We are currently involved with Senator Golden of Brooklyn in writing legislation to address the many problems at NYCERS with their process and denials of W.T.C Disability claims and non – W.T.C claims. We are gathering statistics from NYCERS with the help of District Council 37 on approvals, denials and applications not yet processed from 2005 – 2016. We have requested a meeting with NYCERS and await their response. We are confident this bill will be ready for November, which is when bill numbers begin to be issued for the legislative session.

Tier 6 Legislation has been drafted to reduce the contribution rate of our Tier 6 members. The legislation is focused to reduce their contribution to mirror the contributions made by our Tier 4 members. Assemblyman Peter Abbate supports this bill. We will keep you advised. We will also be re-introducing our Chapter 96 Refund Bill and our 25 and Out Bill for our Fire inspectors.

Alternative Work Schedules: Our 12 Hour Tour pilot program did begin on September 18, 2016. On Friday September 23, 2016 we met with the City to memorialize the modification of our 12 Hour Chart at the Office of Labor Relations. We discussed the four chart days and their implementation. We met to continue this discussion on October 4, 2016. We expect some issues to arise and hope to find out expeditiously from our members so they may be addressed without delay. We will continue to keep you advised.

African American Day Parade: We were honored to march with our brothers and sisters to celebrate African American Pride. It was a great parade as it is every year. Thanks to everyone who came out to make it a special day.

PRU / Fly Cars: The City had started and continues to operate the Fly Car Pilot Program. We do not know if they intend to expand or discontinue this program. We do have some concerns on implementation. We met on Thursday September 22, 2016 at Labor Relations to discuss these issues. A joint improper practice will be filed this week.

Graduation: The current class (TOPS) at Ft. Totten is due to graduate on October 27, 2016.

In Closing, I will leave you with this quote:

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance should be undertaken with pain staking excellence.”
 Martin Luther King Jr.

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda

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Vice President's Report

October 5, 2016

Perry Lawsuit: Members who signed up for the Perry Lawsuit should be receiving letters from Woodley & McGillivary asking to sign up for another lawsuit concerning late payments. Members are encouraged to sign these letters ASAP and return them. The Local is looking into filing an additional lawsuit concerning late payment of overtime.

LODI: Members are reminded when they go out on LODI, they need to comply with the LODI policy. If you are on home confinement, you must be at your place of recuperation between the hours of 0800 and 1600.  You are allowed out during those hours but you must call out and in. You are not allowed to work a second job while out on LODI.

Things that will put your job in jeopardy:

1. False notes: You cannot cut and paste medical notes. You cannot sign your medical doctors signature and you cannot use the same note over and over again and change the dates.

2. Drinking and Driving: If you get arrested off duty for DWI / DUI you put your certification and drivers license on the line and without those you cannot work.

3. The department has a zero tolerance for substance and alcohol abuse. If you think you have a problem, please reach out and get help, help is available.

4. AWOL:  Absent without leave, meaning no call, no show. Members are to make notification that you will not be reporting to work. If you are unable to make that notification, a family member or a friend can make the notification for you.

Be Safe!



Joseph Conzo

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Stood the Line saying good by to EMT Armando Cordero


Photos: Bill Gleason

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Member Update

On Monday September 26, 2016 the Union met at the Commissioners office to discuss the locals and memberships concerns about the upcoming Paramedic Basic Program in December. We discussed several issues and made several recommendations. We await the Departments response. We will keep you advised.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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9/11 WTC Forms

 WTC Disability Application for Active Members

WTC Disability Application for Retired Members

This is the website members should visit for information regarding the World Trade Center Registry:

And here is the link to the WTC-12 Form that everyone should fill out:

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Member Update


This is the website members should visit for information regarding the World Trade Center Registry:

And here is the link to the WTC-12 Form that everyone should fill out:

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