PBA LOBBY DAY – MAY 1, 2018 - ALBANY, NY
From the PBA of NYS: The PBA’s annual lobby day and legislative reception will be held on Tuesday May 1, 2018. We are hoping to surpass last year’s impressive participation by so many of you, if you have not done so already, please clear your calendars for May 1st to come to Albany. We will start lobbying in the morning and go into the afternoon culminating with the PBA’s legislative reception that all members are invited to attend.
Remember, this is your PBA that is very powerful when we have member involvement. Even if you cannot make the entire day, please attend for as much as the day as you can to lobby and advocate for fair pay, benefits, and treatment for the police officers that make up the PBA.
¾ Accidental Disability Pension Legislation (all four titles):
Current law allows only a small number of members (Environmental Conservation Officers and Park Police Officers hired before 1997) ¾ accidental disability. This legislation would give ¾ accidental disability coverage to members in all four PBA-represented titles regardless of hiring date
Heart Bill For State University Police Officers:
Current law does not give what is commonly called “heart bill” benefits to State University Police Officers, as it does to the other three titles. This legislation would add them to the list.
20 Year P&F Pension (all four titles):
Currently, PBA members in the Police and Fire Retirement Plan must work 25 years to earn a service retirement that is 50% of their final average salary. Our members do earn an additional 1.66% of final average salary for each year beyond 25 years, but that is capped at 32 years which equals 61.66% of final average salary. Most other police officers and firefighters in NYS have pension benefits that give them 50% at 20 years (as opposed to PBA of NYS members 25 year requirement). Those other officers and firefighters receive 70%, not 61.66%, at 32 years. This legislation would correct this disparity and put PBA of NYS members on par with other police and firefighters around the state by offering them a 20 year/50% pension which would have the same maximum of 70% at 32 years.
Forest Ranger Staffing Bill:
This bill would require the state to “add one new full time equivalent forest ranger position for every 30,000 acres of land that is acquired by the state and placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Conservation.” The PBA had this bill introduced last year and successfully lobbied for Senate passage, however it did not pass the state assembly.
Park Police/State Police Merger Legislation:
This bill would transfer the functions, employees, equipment and property of the New York State Park Police from the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (“OPRHP”) to the New York State Police. This bill is supported by the PBA out of the frustration we are having with OPRHP for failing to acknowledge or address the mismanagement, low staffing, high attrition, and terribly low morale of the members of the New York State Park Police.
Oppose Bill To Force ECO's To File Affidavit Of Probable Cause Upon A Search (Senate Bill S2993):
The PBA of NYS is opposed to this bill which provides that within twenty-four hours of any search or seizure undertaken without a warrant, an ECO shall file with the court an affidavit or sworn statement describing the basis for probable cause justifying the places that were searched and the items that were seized.
Our lobbyist is making every effort to coordinate and schedule our members in meetings with Senators and Assembly members from their own region.
This is only guaranteed if your attendance is confirmed by April 16, 2018. We will certainly accept members’ confirmation to attend any time; however, we can only guarantee a meeting with the Senator and Assembly member of your region if you confirm no later than April 16.
The PBA's Board of Directors has approved a $25.00 per person stipend for the event day only, hotel rooms double occupancy room for those traveling more than 50 miles for the first 50 members, as well, a travel mileage reimbursement up to $100.00 for the first 50 members who confirm attendance. There will be a continental breakfast served, as well lunch vouchers provided at the capital building, and dinner provided at the reception after lobbying has concluded. In order to ensure you qualify for a hotel room and the mileage reimbursement, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by calling the PBA office at 518-433-5472 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When calling after hours you may leave a message on ext. #103.
LI State Park PBA members -- please save the date, 5/1/18 for the PBA of NYS lobby day. This is your chance to speak directly to the legislators and senators that can have a positive direct impact on our job. More details are forthcoming regarding the actual event, but travel expenses, stipend, hotel stay, and a dinner reception afterward are all provided by your union, the PBA of NYS. Please see Manny Vilar, PO Caupain or Sgt. Alex Scott for more details. As new details are announced, please check back here for more information.