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LTFIREPRG

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  • Name: Paul R. Gerardi
  • Gender Male
  • Agency MTA-New York City Transit Authority
  • Past Experience Retired Deputy Chief, Fairview Fire Dept., Westchester
    Currently Manager of Fire Protection & Safety for MTA-New York City Transit Authority

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  1. The times have been changed for the wake. The time for the wake are 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for Monday and Tuesday at the Hawthorne Funeral Home. The Firefighters will assemble in uniform on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
  2. Rest in peace brother! Scan 10.pdf
  3. The wake for Barry will be at Hawthorne Funeral Home on 21 W. Stevens Lane, Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532. The wake will be on Monday, Oct.10,2016 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Tuesday, Oct.11,2016 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Mass will on Wednesday Oct.12,2016 at the Holly Name of Jesus Church on Broadway in Vallhalla at 10:00 am.
  4. They are NOT coming back the vote was 4 to 3 NOT to reinstate them. The next step is a law suit to have the village honor the over 4,200 signatures on the petition for a permissive referendum.
  5. The Port Chester Board of Trustees choose to ignore the over 4,200 signatures of the TAXPAYERS last night and voted 4 to 3 not to reinstate the career firefighters. One trustee, Dan Brakewood went as far to racialize that even spending $1million dollars to defend legal actions from this decision is a one time cost as opposed to the salaries of the firefighters which are a yearly reoccurrence. One can only hope that in light of the PESHA report that the Attorney General responds the gross violation of law, falsifying public records, ordering the changing of a fire record, lying to state investigators, the list goes on and on, because its obvious the village leadership don't have the pair to do it! It's a shame we are going to have to wait 3 years to vote them out of office. Also two of the 7 volunteer companies sent letters to the village board supporting the reinstatement of the career firefighters and voiced their displeasure with not being consulted prior to the decision, Washington Engine & Hose and Fire Patrol & Rescue. Mayor Pilla and Trustee Didden have been attending all the meetings of the volunteer companies scene their May 2 vote to fire the career firefighters to drum up support for their actions. It was also stated at last nights meeting that the two of them urged the rescue company not to send the letter and promised them a new rig and fire house! The only response was a wide eyed and red face mayor and trustee!
  6. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/rye-brook-port-chester/2016/06/18/state-cites-port-chester-fire-department-violations/86079360/
  7. For the record there is nothing allegedly about it, it's 100% accurate. That comment is only the tip of the ice burg! You should here the rest of the comments he made, some down right voguer and disgusting about the career firefighters and anyone who was speaking on their behave. The lack of actions to this point by the Village Board is embarrassing and disgraceful. Maybe its time the Attorney General's Public Integrity Bureau needs to step in and start an investigation!
  8. Make no mistake about it, this whole thing was orchestrated by the 3 chiefs. I quote the Mayor in his attempt to justify this to me "This was all balanced against our volunteer response capabilities and their contingency plan."
  9. Just for the record, Port Chester last August (2015) basically disbanded the Auxiliary Police, forbid them from performing in any official capacity. They claim it was due to when they were formed it was under the civil defense laws and that no longer applied and lack of training and money to fund that training.
  10. The tax payers will not see a penny of savings. This was not a cost cutting measure but a way to fund additional positions and raises without going over the tax cap and doing so at the cost of the 8 firefighters and their families.
  11. Teir 6 did not eliminate 20 year retirement for new police officer or firefighters. Membership Milestones for Police & Fire Retirement System (PFRS) Members Tier 6 PFRS 20-Year Retirement Plan (Article 22) Before Retirement: Immediately upon joining the system, you are covered by certain job-related death and disability benefits. After 90 days of service credit, you are covered by a non-job-related death benefit. With 10 years of service credit, you become vested and are entitled to a monthly benefit. Members who retire directly from the payroll may apply for and receive their benefit as early as age 55. Members who are off public payroll may collect a vested benefit at age 63. With 10 or more years of service credit, you are: Eligible to apply for a non-job-related disability benefit. Eligible for an out-of-service death benefit, if you leave public employment and die prior to your retirement. With 20 years of service creditable in your special plan, you are eligible to retire at any age. If your employer has adopted Section 384-e, you will receive an additional benefit for each year of special plan service credit over 20 years. A maximum of 32 years of service credit can be used in your pension calculation. With 20 years of service credit (32 years if your employer has adopted Section 384-e), you are no longer required to contribute. If you are 55 or older at retirement and your regular plan benefit is greater than your special plan benefit, you will receive the higher benefit. After Retirement: After you retire and begin collecting a monthly benefit, you will receive annual cost-of-living (COLA) increases when you meet eligibility requirements. (Return to Top) Tier 6 PFRS 25-Year Retirement Plan (Article 22) Before Retirement: Immediately upon joining the system, you are covered by certain job-related death and disability benefits. After 90 days of service credit, you are covered by a non-job-related death benefit. With 10 years of service credit, you become vested and are entitled to a monthly benefit. Members who retire directly from the payroll may apply for and receive their benefit as early as age 55. Members who are off public payroll may collect a vested benefit at age 63. With 10 or more years of service credit, you are: Eligible to apply for a non-job-related disability benefit. Eligible for an out-of-service death benefit, if you leave public employment and die prior to your retirement. With 25 years of service creditable in your special plan, you are eligible to retire at any age. If your employer has adopted Section 384(f) and you have elected it, you will receive an additional benefit for each year of special plan service credit over 25 years. A maximum of 32 years of service credit can be used in your pension calculation. With 25 years of service credit, (32 years if your employer offers and you elected Section 384(f)), you are no longer required to contribute. If you are 55 or older at retirement and your regular plan benefit is greater than your special plan benefit, you will receive the higher benefit. After Retirement: After you retire and begin collecting a monthly benefit, you will receive annual cost-of-living (COLA) increases when you meet eligibility requirements.
  12. How many attic fire have you actually had and how many were the result of blown in insulation? Most attic fires originate elsewhere in the structure, and spread to the attic, such as balloon construction where you most likely would find the blown in insulation. Or are the result of a lighting strike and the burning insulation is the least of your problems. A better investment and money well spent to battle attic fires as well as others would be on a CAFS system.