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Brothers and Sisters,

On February 9, 2015 our Mayor Bill de Blasio will make public his budget moving forward. He has allocated additional funding for EMS resources. In his budget he will announce 45 additional ambulance tours, 32 additional new ambulances and 147 extra EMS personnel for our Emergency Medical Dispatch Center.

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Testimony of Israel Miranda before:

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Codes, Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, Investigations and Government Operations, and Civil Service and Pensions.


On January 28, 2015

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President's Report

February 4, 2015

Legislative Agenda: On January 16, 2015 we were notified that our Chapter 96 and Fire Inspectors 25 and Out bills have been reintroduced in Albany for this years session. Both were re-distributed at the NYC Actuary Office and hopefully get a quick turnaround. We will keep you posted. Our Assault Bill is awaiting a new bill number. We are awaiting final drafts of our Lung Bill and MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Bill. 

Albany: I am sure everyone is aware that the Speaker of the N.Y.S Assembly Sheldon Silver has been accused of criminal offences. It has been reported that Sheldon has stepped down as speaker of the Assembly yesterday February 3, 2015.  The new Assembly Speaker is Assemblyman Carl Heastie. Carl Heastie is from the Bronx and the Bronx Democratic Party Leader. He is also a friend to labor and to Local 2507. We hope that his team’s transition does not affect day-to-day business in the Assembly. We will keep you advised.

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Vice President's Report

February 4, 2015

I would first like to start off by thanking every single member of this service for stepping up the last two weeks during these snowstorms. As we all know these snowstorms that we have had the last two weeks put a strain on the service. I am proud to say that we as a service went above and beyond with an epic blizzard in the forecast. Our members came in early, ran extra units and performed, as I knew they would. This board along with the delegates was monitoring citywide dealing with every issue that we faced. We were in constant contact with operations in every aspect of issues during these snow emergencies.  So again I thank each and every one of the members of this great service.  It was a Job well done.

Address Change:  It is imperative that members update their current address with the local, the department, and DC 37. Moving can be stressful but not keeping a current address updated with the department will become just as stressful. So I ask all members to make sure that all of your information is up to date with the department, the local and DC 37.

Member Alert: Members are reminded that if they are approached by BITS / DOH or the IG for an interview, they have the right to representation and should exercise that right. If the interview is with the IG office, advise them that legal counsel represents you and you should contact the union office and/or your delegate. The same goes for when you are asked to write a statement at the station, ask for your delegate.

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President's Report

January 7, 2015

State of the Union

Let us begin by thanking each and every one of you for your continued support for the leadership of this Local. Your trust has not been taken for granted, nor is it misplaced. We have endured some serious challenges within the last few years and continue moving forward as we protect our profession and the benefits for which we all hold so dear. Many groups around the country continue to bash or blame Unions for their problems and this trend has continued in several states. Certain groups will continue to advocate for diminished pension and medical benefits for public employees. We must remain diligent and prepared to address and protect the very fabric of what Unions represent. This country was built by Unions. The public employees that serve the City of New York is what makes New York City the greatest city in the world.

The year 2014 was a very interesting year for our members and public employees around the city. After twenty years of Republican Mayor’s, a very progressive Democrat was elected with a different vision of our city and it’s workforce. This new administration under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio has proven to recognize the value, service and professionalism each and every one of you shows on a day-to-day basis. For many years we have been burdened with a lack of image prospective. That has slowly changed, your services are recognized by this new administration, the press, local officials and state officials. We now continue to protect the public as always to maintain our positive image.

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Vice President's Report

January 7, 2015

Let me start off by welcoming everyone back from the holiday season and wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

Perry vs. NYC:  While our FLSA Lawsuit is gearing up to start deposition, Woodley & McGillivary are confident that everything is going well. Our 100 members met with the lawyers of Woodley and McGillivary in November in preparation for the upcoming depositions. While there have been some tentative agreements between the city and Local 3621’s FLSA Lawsuit, it would be a positive impact on our case when it comes to fruition.

BITS / CCU: While 2014 was a busy year at BITS; cases have dropped compared to the amount of cases in 2013. With approximately 1700 CCU complaints logged in for 2014, 100 of those complaints were actually interviewed at BITS. 188 disciplinary cases were adjudicated at BITS for 2014, down 10 % from the previous year. The reason I am sharing this information and numbers is to show you that the majority of our close to 3500 members are doing the right thing out in the field and need to know. I thank you.

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It is with Deep Regret to Announce the Passing of

EMT Brian Saks
Station 50

Wake
Wednesday January 7, 2015
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Weigand Funeral Home
49 Hillside Ave
Williston Park, NY 11596
(516) 746-4484

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Members that would like to attend
NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu’s
Funeral Service

Sunday January 4, 2015
should gather on

12th Avenue & 65th Street

IS 187 Christa McAuliffe Junior High School Brooklyn, New York
at 8:00A.M.

Class A Uniforms are authorized

In Solidarity,

Joe Conzo, Vice President, Local 2507
Vincent Variale, President, Local 3621

 

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Members that would like to attend
NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos's
Funeral Service

Saturday December 27, 2014
should gather on

66th Street between Myrtle Ave and Cooper Ave.

Queens at 8:00 A.M

You will then be marched over to a section in the
formation line.

Class A Uniforms are authorized

In Solidarity,

Joe Conzo, Vice President    Vincent Variale, President

Local 2507          Local 3621

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Member Update

Fraternal Brothers & Sisters,
Due to the unfortunate events that occurred over the weekend with NYPD Officers, we are asking all members to use extreme caution whenever in uniform and while operating on all emergency responses. Should members encounter crowds or other issues that may endanger your safety, please proceed with caution and do not hesitate to request the appropriate resources.

Members who have never been fitted for Body Armor or those who have lost or stolen reports endorsed and submitted should contact the Quartermaster at (718) 352-2363 and speak to Joseph Galizia or Mary Mercado for direction and fitting dates.

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