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                 C O M M U N I T Y         |   H E A L T H   |   F I N A N C E   |   P O L I T I C S   |   S P O R T S




       OCTOBER 2011 Issue




       SUPPORTING EVERY DAY HEROES:

       NYC’S BOLDEST
                                                & their families
 Widows’ and Children’s Fund • Scholarships • Health Benefits • Life Insurance •
 Legal Services • Disability Retirement Benefits• Dental Benefits • Medical
 Benefits • Optical Benefits • Family Day • Pensions • Annuity • Contracts •
 Widows’ and Children’s Fund • Scholarships • Health Benefits • Life Insurance •
 Legal Services • Disability Retirement Benefits • Dental Benefits• Medical
 Benefits • Optical Benefits • Family Day • Pensions • Annuity • Contracts •
 Widows’ and Children’s Fund • Scholarships • Health Benefits • Life Insurance •
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       COBA MAgAzINE OC TOBER 2011 ISSUE

                         COBa EXECuTivE BOarD          in this issue | October 2011                                                      COBA MagaziNE

                                                       president’s Message............................................................................p.3
                                                       COBa in The News ...............................................................................p.4
                         NOrMaN sEaBrOOK
                         President                     ¾ Disability retirement Benefits report ..........................................p.6
                                                       COBa Wins arbitration Decision........................................................p.7
                                                       COBa Fights & Wins pEsh grievances...............................................p.8
                         ELias husaMuDEEN
                                                       COBa real Estate seminar .................................................................p.9
                         1st Vice President
                         ehusamudeen@cobanyc.org       COs Evacuate 250 inmates from Fire on rikers island .....................p.10
                                                       Community News & Mailbox ..............................................................p.11
                                                       Boldest athletes: Champions On and Off the Field..........................p.12
                         JOsEph BraCCO
                         2nd Vice President            african-american Day parade............................................................p.15
                         jbracco@cobanyc.org           rye playland ........................................................................................p.16
                                                       COBa Delegate seminar.....................................................................p.16

                         ELizaBETh CasTrO
                         3rd Vice President
                         ecastro@cobanyc.org
                                                       advertise
                                                       with COBA TODAY!
                         MiChaEL MaiELLO
                         Treasurer
                         mmaiello@cobanyc.org          On-line or print...


                         sTEvE rOBiNsON
                         Financial Secretary
                         srobinson@cobanyc.org




                         ThOMas FarrELL
                         Legislative Chairman
                         tfarrell@cobanyc.org




                         WiLLiaM vaLENTiN
                         Corresponding Secretary
                         wvalentin@cobanyc.org                                                                          suppOrT ThE
                                                                                                         COBa WiDOWs’ & ChiLDrEN’s FuND TODaY!
                                                                                                                               Call 212.274.8000

                         KarEN BELFiELD                COBA MAgAzINE EDITORS
                         Recording Secretary           Michael Skelly
                         kbelfield@cobanyc.org         Communications Director

                                                       Elias Husamudeen
                                                       1st Vice President
                         BENNY BOsCiO
                         Sergeant-At-Arms              COBA gENERAL INFORMATION
                         bboscio@cobanyc.org           75 Broad Street | Suite 810 | New York, NY 10004-2415
                                                       T. 212.274.8000 | F. 212.274.8255 | E. cobanyc@cobanyc.org


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                                                                                                               OC TOBER 2011 ISSUE COBA MAgAzINE


       president’s Message

       The COBa Family and You                                                                                          NOrMaN
       Dear Brother and Sister Officers,                                                                                  sEaBrOOK
       As we reflect on the changing of the                      children of Correction Officers. Four                  PRESIDENT
       seasons, I can only imagine what                          scholarships have been distributed to
       some of our members are feeling                           retired Correction Officers, fourteen
       with the loss of a loved one, the birth                   scholarships to active Correction
       of a child, the economic uncertainty                      Officers, and two scholarships to the
       ahead that faces all of us in the labor                   children of deceased Correction
       community. These are undoubtedly                          Officers. with the rising costs of tuition
       challenging times that we are living                      throughout the city and state, these
       in. Yet no matter what uncertainty                        scholarships remain as vital as ever to
       may lay ahead, you should feel proud                      anyone seeking to further their
       to be a part of an organization unlike                    educational goals.
       any other.
                                                                 Another significant role we serve as
       The Executive Board and I have been                       part of the COBA family is ensuring
       intimately connected to you. In the                       the widows and children of Correction
       last few months, we have attended                         Officers who died while on active duty
       several funerals for Correction Officers                  are not forgotten. On October 27th, we
       and mourned the loss of their loved                       will hold our 14th Annual Dinner
       ones with their families. Through                         Dance, which over the years has
       good times and bad, it is imperative to                   helped us raise over $500,000 for the
       remember that we are always one                           COBA widows’ and Children’s Fund.
       family—a family that is perhaps the                       without this crucial fund that was
       most diverse in New York City.                            established by this Executive Board                 Personalized QR-CODE for
                                                                 and I, over sixty families of our                   NOrMaN sEaBrOOK
       And as we do all that we can to pull                      brothers and sisters would not be able
                                                                                                                     Scan this QR-Code to learn more
       together during difficult times, as a                     to purchase a Thanksgiving dinner or                about your COBA President and to
       family and as a union, we must                            gifts for their children during the                 see how you can stay informed on
       remain mindful of our common                              holiday season. we must all do                      what COBA is doing for YOU!
       goals and shared dreams. This union                       whatever we can to continue to
       has and will continue to strive to                        contribute to this fund.
       enhance your wages and benefits so
       that they remain second to none.                          Keeping you and your family safe
       within the last few months we have                        has also been one of my top
       raised your life insurance policy to                      priorities as your president. That’s
       $200,000, expanded the scope of your                      why COBA vigorously fights every day
       optical benefits and successfully                         to ensure the environments we work
       raised over $60,000 for the COBA                          in are as safe as possible. I’m pleased
       Scholarship Fund. Our Scholarship                         to report to you that we continue
       Fund is one of the most important                         to win many legal battles that                       Scan this QR -Code to learn
       pillars that supports both our COBA                       keeps the Department of Correction                   more about your COBA President
       family and yours. The success of the                      accountable to the terms of our                      and to see how you can stay
       Scholarship Fund is reflected by                          collective bargaining agreement. Just                informed on what COBA
                                                                                                                      is doing for YOU!
       the unprecedented $346,000 in                             recently, under my direction, COBA
       scholarships that the union has                           Sergeant-at-Arms Benny Boscio,
       awarded over the past fourteen                            spear-headed a grievance that we
       years. A total of 326 scholarships                        prevailed in which will ensure the
       have been distributed to the                              DOC maintains proper temperature
                                                                                       (Continued on page 5)


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       COBa IN THE NEwS
                                               JOURNAL NEWS      aparTMEN
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                                                         ED FrOM
                                               FivE rEsCu OWN MaMarONECK                                            smoke
                                                     D OW N T          the bu ilding and on
                                                                                            e police offi
                                                                                                        cer suffered
                                                                                                                                  ts of                            ries.
                                                                                                                   Two residen                      serious inju
                                                                                                                                     ere were no                                                           rty
                                                                                                                    inhalation. Th                                        above Nan'
                                                                                                                                                                                          s gift and Pa
                                                                                                                                                            after 9 a.m.                      illing out of
                                                                                                                                  s repo   rted shor tly            ack sm   oke was sp
                                                                                                                     The fire wa                    eck Ave. Bl
                                                                                                                                    7 Mamaron
                                                                                                                     Shop at 23
                                                                                                                      apartments.                                                                   about 20
                                                                                                                                                                                    the fire in
                                                                                                                                                                      and killed                         e. The
                                                                                                                                                      in minutes                         on either sid ay.
                                                                                                                                      were there                   ing to build
                                                                                                                                                                                  ings
                                                                                                                                                                                                      gs aw
                                                                                                                       Firefighters                from spread                       is two buildin
                                                                                                                                    eventing it                      ovie theater
                                                                                                                       minutes, pr                   Playhouse m
                                                                                                                                      amaroneck                                                    departmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                t
                                                                                                                        Clearview M                                           y sa id, "The fire
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                                                                                                                                       k Polic                           here,  they knocke
                                                                                                                        Mamaronec                         ter they got
                                                                                                                                         b. Minutes af
                                                                                                                         did a great jo                                                ing acciden
                                                                                                                                                                                                     t.
                                                                                                                                                                     ked by a cook
                                                                                                                                                    fire was spar
                                                                                                                          Officials sa  id later the                                                      artments
                                                                                                                                                                                        side three ap
                                                                                                                                                                       d damage in                         were in
                                                                                                                                                        ocked out an                     and a woman
                                                                                              y who was                                 windows kn                th a child, a
                                                                                                                                                                                 man
                                                                               a young bo                                 The fire left           o parents wi
                                                                       carries                          awaiting                          op. Tw
                                                         ggie wilson
                                          EMS chief Re r by Mamaroneck firefi
                                                                                        ghters to an                       above the sh en the fire broke out.
                          Mamaroneck                                                                  ilding fire                         wh                                                              Prospect
                                        ng with his
                                                      mothe                          apartment bu rescued. /               the building                                                     Avenue to
                          rescued alo                               e scene of an                  were                                                                    m Halstead                            sed
                                                     ked out, at th               . Five people                                                             s closed fro                       traffic was clo
                          ambulan     ce to be chec            in Mamaroneck                                                              k  Avenue wa                  As of  11:15 a.m.,
                                                 aroneck Ave.                                                               Mamaronec                     e morning.
                                 y at 237 Mam Journal News                                                                                much of th                         pect.
                           toda
                                            Jr./The                                                                         Avenue for                      enue and Pr
                                                                                                                                                                          os
                           Frank Becerra                                                                                                    n Palmer Av                                                   s and one
                                                                                                                            only betwee                                                    four engine
                                                                                                                                                                       pa rtment had                      e town of
                                                                                                                                            oneck Vi   llage Fire De                utua  l aid from th
                                                                                                                  ng a       The Mamar                               received m
                            Ju l. 12, 2011                                                five pe  ople includi                               at th e scene and             ter.
                                                                        ters rescued                        today on         ladder truck                      d Port Ches
                                                          E — Firefigh                      ove stores                                       k, Harrison an
                                            ECk VILLAg                    ar tments ab lage.                                  Mamaronec
                             MAMARON                       e out in ap                      k vil
                                             a fire brok                  Mamaronec
                             child after                    downtown
                                             k Avenue in                                                   pe and was
                             Mamaronec                                                  t  to a fire esca
                                                                       o couldn’t ge                     e could reac
                                                                                                                       h
                                              t of th e top floor, wh            just  before the fir
                              One residen                          d by ladder
                                               jum  p, was rescue
                              prepared to
                                                 t.
                               his apartmen




                                                                                                                                 arBiTraTO
                                                                                                                                           r OrDErs
                                                                 By MARk TO                                                       hEaT FOr           MOrE
                                                                The Correctio
                                                                                  OR
                                                                                   n Officers Ben                                            COs aT CO
                                                                argued tha
                                                                Correction has
                                                               to officer
                                                                                t for years
                                                                                     been giving
                                                                                                    evolent Associ
                                                                                                  the Departm
                                                                                                     the cold sho
                                                                                                                        ation
                                                                                                                     ent of
                                                                                                                                     tooth and nai
                                                                                                                                     “This decisio
                                                                                                                                    fighting to
                                                                                                                                                     urTl every step
                                                                                                                                                     n reflects ou
                                                                                                                                                    ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                        of the way.”
                                                                                                                                                                      r continued
                                                                                                                                                                                      success in
                                                                                                                                                                                                        thought tha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          t sin
                                                                               s’
                                                               temperature complaints about
                                                                                                                      ulder         toughest pre                     those who                          preferred com ce Bronx Hall of Justice
                                                                                                                                                     cincts in Ne                   patrol the                              ma                                   is a
                                                              Intake Cente
                                                                                s as low as
                                                                                                27 degrees
                                                                                                                    winter         like animals                      w York are no                     Island, the offi nd because it is not on                               Building Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               de.
                                                                               r in the Bronx                  inside the
                                                                                                                                   COBA Presid
                                                                                                                                                    by the Depar
                                                                                                                                                                      tment of Co
                                                                                                                                                                                       t treated
                                                                                                                                                                                                       were wrong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cers should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            not compla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rikers         should be cla The Intake Center cor
                                                                                                  Hall of Justice                                    ent Norman                       rrection,”                       ! COBA com                         in. They                              ssified as a                     ridor
                                                                                                                    .             statement.                           Seabrook sai                                                     plained and                        which there                        garage, he
                                                              Arbitrator Ha                                                                         “Under my                             d in a                                                        won.”                                 is no minim                    said, for
                                                                                ydeé Rosario                                      Sergeant-At                                                         DOC officials                                                          said that reg                     um temperat
                                                             Oct. 15 to ins
                                                                              tall four add
                                                                                                  gave the city
                                                                                                                     until                        -Arms Benny direction, COBA                         record the tem
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        asked CO Os
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          valdo Betanc                    never meant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ardless of Dir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ective 3900,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ure. He
                                                             the area,                        itional heatin                     this grievance                      Boscio spearh                                                                        ourt to                               for every squ              DOC had
                                                                             something                        g units in                              relentlessly                      ead                                perature at
                                                            Departmen                          the DOC                           a favorable dec                      for over a yea ed              Mr. Betancou
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rt reported
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the affected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          facilities to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              above 65 deg are foot of its
                                                                            t of Cityw                        and                                    ision by the                       r until                                                                          areas where                          rees, but only
                                                            Services had                       ide Adminis the                                                        court was att
                                                                                                                                                                                       ained.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     month of De
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cember 201
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         out the                            staff are ass                       those
                                                                              already been                       trative                                                                             was in the 40s                   0, the averag                                                       igned to de
                                                            opinion, da                          working on                     A Chronic Pro                                                                            in                           e reading                                                         sk work.
                                                           jurisdiction
                                                                           ted Sept 2,
                                                                                            Ms. Rosario
                                                                                                                . In her        Since the
                                                                                                                                                   blem                                             mid-50s in the the sally ports, in the                              On a more-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          practical no
                                                                                                                                               buildi                                                                  Int                              low-
                                                          completed
                                                                             in case the
                                                                                                  work was
                                                                                                             retained
                                                                                                                               working in the ng opened in 200                                      at Register 22. ake Center and in the low to                        tried to install
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             po
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          te, he said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DOC had
                                                                         on time.                                   not        area called
                                                                                                                                                    Intake Cente
                                                                                                                                                                     r and an adj
                                                                                                                                                                                    8, COs                                                                   60s       tripped circuit rtable electric heaters,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -br                              which
                                                                                                                                                Re
                                                                                                                              unusually low gister 22 have experi
                                                                                                                                                                                     oining        On Dec. 27,                                                         electrical pan eakers because the bu
                                                         No Heat, No                                                                                                                enced                             the sally po                                                         els were all                    ilding’s
                                                                          work                                                                     temperature                                     degrees, the                          rts dipped                    At a hearing                       used to full
                                                                                                                              The law firm                           s in cold we                                   Intake Cente                        to 22                            , he said an                   capacity.
                                                                                                                                              said the des                           ather.       Register 22                         r to 27 degre                   panel had                           additional ele
                                                                                                                             not take int                       ign
                                                        If the city mi
                                                                         sses the deadl                                                      o account the of the building did                                   to 57 degrees.                        es
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     On Jan. 31, 201 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       alre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      expected add ady been installed and l
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ctrica
                                                        attorney, Me                        ine, said the                    sally-port do                        cold air let in                 readings we                                                                             itional heater
                                                                          rce                                union’s                          ors,
                                                                                                                            the intake are which provide an entran
                                                                                                                                                                                   by the                         re 39 degre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  es, 45 degre          1, the        Oct. 15.                             s to be in pla he
                                                       Isaacs, Ms. Ro des Maldonado of ko                                                      a, when inm                           ce to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  degrees res
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pectively. On                    es and 63                                                                ce by
                                                                          sario could                        hler &         appear in cou                        ates                            temperatures                          Feb. 1, 201
                                                      request that                         agree to the                                        rt. The inmate arrive by bus to                                     were 32 deg                        1, the
                                                                       she put the                          un
                                                      by forbiddin                      area in the dee ion’s              the Intake Ce                           s are logged                  66 degrees
                                                                                                                                                                                                               respectively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rees, 39 deg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rees and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Bronx Ha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ll of Justice
                                                                        g the city fro                    p freeze                           nter, then sea                         in at                                       .                                   Departmen                          is maintained
                                                      work there.                         m assigning                      before being                          rched at Reg                                                                                                       t of Cityw                           by
                                                                      “That would                          COs to                            taken to cel
                                                                                                                                                              ls.
                                                                                                                                                                                ister 22        The union                                                           Services, Sh                       ide Adminis the
                                                     building do                          essentially                                                                                                          pointed to                                                           arman Stein,                        trative
                                                                      wn,” she sai                      shut the                                                                               which says                       DOC Direct                         DOC, said in                        a spokeswo
                                                     hanging ove                      d “...T                             “As soon as CO                                                                                                        ive 3900,                            a sta                            man
                                                                      r the city’s hea hat threat is still                                   BA
                                                                                                                          we addresse was made aware of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              that
                                                                                                                                                                                               of at least 65 in its facilities “a tempe                           electrical cap tement. “DCAS increased for
                                                                                          d.”                                                d it at                             issue,                           degrees F sha                     rature                            acity in the                          the
                                                                                                                         meetings,” sai                       labor-manag                      when the ou                            ll be maintain              courthouse                            intake area
                                                    City officia                                                                                                                ement                            tsid                                     ed                         to accommo                          of the
                                                    deadline.
                                                                   ls say they
                                                                                      expect to
                                                                                                                                            d
                                                                                                                         Skelly. “we lea a union spokesman, Mi                                degrees F du e temperature falls be                                 heating units,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     which are no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      date four ad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ditional
                                                                                                     meet the                              rned that the                        cha                            ring the usu                       low 50
                                                                                                                        with the arc                          city was in litig el            occupants.”                        al working                      a contracto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   r,” she sai
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       w being install
                                                                                                                        with the bu
                                                                                                                                          hitects ove
                                                                                                                                                           r many desig ation                 which educa
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The exceptio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ns are buildi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hours of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 commenced                          d. “The wo ed by
                                                   “This was the                                                                                                                                                                                  ngs in                           we                               rk was
                                                                     most difficul                                                        ilding.”                            n flaws
                                                                                                                                                                                             mental-heal
                                                                                                                                                                                                             tional, nutrit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ion                               the ruling and ll before the arbitrator
                                                   had,” Ms. Ma
                                                                    ldonado sai
                                                                                       t, easiest cas
                                                                                                       eI                                                                                                   th, health-ca al, geriatric, social,                                     will be com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     issued
                                                   department                        d in an interv ever               After the me                                                          are provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                             . Buildings in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              re or similar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               servic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “It’s been a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                long time com ted by Oct. 15.”
                                                  the temperat
                                                                   directive issu
                                                                                     ed in 1995 cle
                                                                                                        iew. A         the union file
                                                                                                                                         etings failed
                                                                                                                                                           to achieve pro                   transferred                          which inmate es               it’s finally on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 track,” Ms. Ma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing, but it loo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ks like
                                                                   ure range for                       arly set                          d a grievance                       gress,                       are not exemp                            s are                                            ldonado sai
                                                  said, but “th                        the work are                   the Office of                           in June 2010.                                                      ted from the                                                                       d.
                                                                  e Correction                          a, she                          Labor Relatio                       “Sadly,                                                             rule.
                                                                                     Departmen                        affected me                           ns thought                       DOC: Use Diff
                                                                                                    t fought                           mbers could                        that the                          erent Stand
                                                                                                                      Mr. Skelly                          always transf                    DOC Assista                       ard
                                                                                                                                      said in an                           er out,”                       nt Commissi
                                                                                                                                                      e-mail. “I gu                        architect, arg                   oner Frank
                                                                                                                                                                        ess they                           ued that the                     Eilam, an
                                                                                                                                                                                           governed no                       arb
                                                                                                                                                                                                          t by Directive itrator should be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             3900 but by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the city




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                                                                                                            OC TOBER 2011 ISSUE COBA MAgAzINE
       President’s Message continued
       levels for officers working at the                        first-responders, our fellow New             on its way into the atmosphere. This
       Bronx Courts who have been forced                         Yorkers, and all Americans as we             went on for the first 48 hours with no
       to work under freezing conditions.                        commerated the tenth anniversary of          relief.  After the first 2 days, Correction
       This is just one example of the many                      September 11, 2001.                          Officers on the “Pile” were rotated in 12
       issues in the jails that we are tackling.                                                              hour shifts (which were really 15 hours,
       we will continue to fight these fights                    On September 11, 2001 New York City          by the time you got de-contaminated,
       for all of our members throughout                         Correction Officers answered a call to       and back to Rikers). 
       this Department.                                          duty. They performed their functions
                                                                 gallantly without regard for their
       But if we fail to keep our communities                    personal safety.   Correction Officers
       safe in addition to keeping our                           were deployed to several areas and
       workplaces safe, then we are not                          assigned a multitude of tasks. They
       fulfilling our full responsibilties to our                were deployed to man the morgue
       families. That’s why I continue to use                    where the remains were taken to be
       my bully pulpit to bring attention                        sorted, and identified, as well as, the
       to the gun violence that continues to                     Staten Island Landfill, where the debris
       plague our communities. gun                               from the fallen towers was carted
       violence may not affect your family                       to be sifted through for any
       today and hopefully it never does, but                    remains,   identifying items, or parts
       the reality is that it remains a                          from the wreckage of the planes.             Correction Officer worked twelve-hour
       pandemic threatening all of our                                                                        days for six months straight.  we did
       communities and the future of our                         The Emergency Service Unit was               the impossible under the most dire
       kids. we need more people to take                         deployed to Manhattan just after the         conditions, and received the least
       action on this issue. I personally sent a                 second tower fell, where they                acknowledgement for the sacrifices
       letter to every District Attorney in this                 provided security to the Department’s        we made.
       city requesting that they lobby Albany                    Headquarters Building at 60 Hudson
       to pass legislation that would raise the                  Street. They also secured Rikers Island      That’s why I will continue to run ads in
       minimum sentencing for individuals                        against any possible threat.                 the newspapers and air radios spots
       caught with an illegal gun from two to                                                                 throughout the city to remind the
       seven years in prison. I will continue                                                                 public of the vital contributions we
       to lead that charge and I will continue                                                                make in keeping the public safe,
       to be outspoken on this and other                                                                      twenty-four hours a day, seven days a
       issues that affect our communities.                                                                    week.

       In addition to keeping our families                                                                    In closing, I just want to commend
       safe, supporting their educational                                                                     each of you for what you do for your
       aspirations, and caring for them after                                                                 fellow officers, your union, your city
       the loss of a loved one, we must make                                                                  and your family.
       every effort to spend quality time
       with our families. That’s why the                                                                      Remember one thing, life is short. It
       Executive Board and I created our                                                                      cannot be exchanged in a store, it
       Annual Family Day event at Rye                                                                         cannot be altered. It is a gift given to
       Playland. This special day is truly one                                                                each and every one of us and it
       of the most unique opportunities we                                                                    should never be taken for granted.
       have to just simply spend time with                       In addition, ESU immediately res-            Life is short.
       our families and be together as one                       ponded to ground zero and performed
       united COBA family.                                       search & rescue operations on top of         May god continue to bless the best
                                                                 the smoldering pile of debris without        Correction Officers in the world!
       Despite the selfish attempts of some                      any respiratory protection.   within
       individuals who will always attempt                       two hours of searching through the
       to divide and destroy us, we will                         “Pile”, the soles of their boots began
       always remain one united union. Just                      to melt from the extreme heat. The
       a little over a month ago, we                             noxious fumes rising up from the             Norman Seabrook
       collectively stood with our fellow                        ground passed through their bodies           President

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                                                              3/4 DisaBiLiTY
         ThOMas
                                                       rETirEMENT BENEFiTs rEpOrT
         FarrELL                                  This spring, COBA announced that any officer suffering from a serious injury or
         LEgISLATIVE CHAIRMAN                     illness would no longer face the difficult task (and expense) of obtaining a
         tfarrell@cobanyc.org                     disability retirement pension. To be certain that every man and woman on the
                                                  job received the best possible legal representation, COBA entered into an
                                                  agreement with the Law Office of Stuart Salles to provide all necessary guidance
                                                  and help at no legal cost whatsoever to the individual officer. Since instituting
                                                  this program, COBA is pleased to announce that we have provided assistance to
                                                  approximately thirty-five officers and of those cases completed under the new
                                                  system, virtually every officer has been granted a disability pension. while
                                                  everyone knows that we can’t win them all, we are extremely proud of the fact
                                                  that every member can now get the best possible representation at this most
                                                  crucial time.

                                                  In one recent case, accident disability benefits were awarded to Officer Rodney
                                                  Brown who suffered a serious hand injury in a brutal confrontation with a
                                                  deranged inmate. Immediately following his injury, Officer Brown contacted the
                                                  Law Office which proceeded to handle all matters on Mr. Brown’s behalf, from
                                                  the filing of his application through the granting of his accident disability benefit.
                                                  Officer Brown received exemplary service at no legal cost whatsoever.

                                                  Your union is acutely aware of the dangers Correction Officers face on a daily
                                                  basis. we want you to know that we are there for each and every officer faced
                                                  with a career-ending illness or injury.


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       ThOMas FarrELL                                  FOrMEr CO rODNEY BrOWN TELLs his TrauMaTiC
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       Member and to see how you can              On December 2, 2010, I had pretty much finished up for the day and a fellow officer asked
       stay informed on what COBA is              me to help him escort an inmate to C-71. There were three inmates in the intake pen at
       doing for YOU!                             the time. As we prepared to commence the escort, two of the inmates stepped out of the
                                                  pen and one remained inside the corner of the pen and began talking to himself. As I
                                                  approached him, he suddenly attacked me, swinging his fists and hitting me several
                                                  times before I was able to stand my ground. Then my partner, CO Fred Rowle started to
                                                  grab him and as that happened, all three of us fell to the ground. The next thing I knew,
                                                  I felt a sharp pain in my hand. At first I thought it was just a bite, but then when I pulled
                                                  my hand back, I saw the blood gushing and a piece of my hand was missing. It was crazy.

                                                  I somehow maintained my bearings and helped my partner subdue the inmate. Once
                                                  he was under control, I got out of the pen and went straight to the clinic. They tried to stop
                                                  the bleeding and called EMS. I’m still angry about it. Once EMS arrived they took me to
                                                  Bellevue and notified my wife about what happened. When I got to Bellevue COBA
                                                  Delegates and Norman Seabrook were there. Norman pretty much took over the scene
                                                  as far as keeping civilians away from me and getting me treated by the doctors. I was still
                                                  in shock. Finally my wife arrived and they took an x-ray of my hand and determined they
                                                  wouldn’t be able to reattach the piece of my finger that was bitten off. I was given some
                                                  pain killers and anti-biotics. I left the hospital and my wife drove me home.
       Former Correction Officer
       rodney Brown                               I filed for my Three Quarters Disability Retirement Benefit in April and recently received
                                                  it. I am very appreciative of everything the union has done for me in assisting me obtain
                                                  this benefit.

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         COBa WiNs arBiTraTiON DECisiON
       The Bronx Hall of Justice, which is the newly constructed Court building built in 2008
       as part of the Bronx Detention Complex, was constructed to be a state of the art facility
       complete with holding pens, electrical panels and cameras. However, the new complex                    BENNY
       had a serious flaw. During the fall and winter months there was not adequate heat                      BOsCiO
       provided to the Intake area and Court Register 22. The temperature readings in these
                                                                                                              SERgEANT-AT-ARMS
       areas averaged in the 40-degree range with the lowest temperature recorded in the                      bboscio@cobanyc.org
       Intake at 27 degrees. The Officers assigned to these areas were forced to wear outer
       garments and many became ill due to these extreme cold conditions. After several
       complaints by the Officers, COBA addressed the issue to the Commanding Officer at
       several Labor Management Meetings to no avail.

       At the direction of President Norman Seabrook, I filed a Step 3 Class Action grievance
       on behalf of the Officers with the Office of Labor Relations to the Commissioner of
       Labor Relations. The COBA also purchased portable heaters for the Officers that worked
       in these areas. Unfortunately, due to the electrical flaws of the building, multiple
       heaters could not be plugged in without tripping the circuit breakers.

       After a Step 3 Conference, we were forced to take the Department to Arbitration at the
       Office of Collective Bargaining. The Department attempted to defend its position
       stating that it was a DCAS owned building and that they were not required to provide
       additional heat to the affected areas. They further stated that BXCT was a preferred
       command and if staff had an issue they should transfer out.

       The COBA along with attorney Mercedes Maldonado of koehler & Isaacs, presented
       our case before Independent Arbitrator, Haydee Rosario. Myself, along with Officers
       Anthony Martinez, David Vargas and Osvaldo Betancourt gave testimony and brought
       forth evidentiary data such as temperature readings of the affected areas and the
       outside temperatures for each day for the months in question. The Officers also
       testified to the extreme and brutal cold conditions in the affected areas.

       It was argued that the DOC was in violation of our Collective Bargaining Agreement                   Personalize QR-CODE for
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       The DOC also violated their own Directive No. 3900 (Environmental Health Program)                    doing for YOU!
       Section III (C) 1, the Minimum Standards for Environmental Conditions provision, states,
       in part, as follows:

       Heating – Pursuant to Section 131.03 of the NYC Health Code, heat shall be supplied to every
       occupied portion of a building. During the months between October 1st and May 31st
       between the 0600 and 2200 hrs, a temperature of at least 68 degrees F. when the outside
       temperature falls below the 55 degrees F and during the period of 2200 and 0600 hrs, the
       temperature of at least 55 degrees F. shall be maintained if the outside temperature falls below
       40 degrees F.

       In the end, we were able to prove unequivocally that it was the Department’s
       responsibility to provide adequate heat (as indicated in our COBA Contract), and provide
       a safe and healthy environment for DOC staff.

       Ultimately, the decision was made by the Arbitrator at OCB, in favor of the COBA and
       the Department was forced to immediately install a heating system at the BXHJ. Just
       in time for the winter.
       If you believe there is a Health & Safety Hazard in your area, contact your Delegate,
       or call the COBA Office at 212-274-8000 to report it.

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                                                                 COBa FighTs & WiNs
         WiLLiaM
                                                                  pEsh griEvaNCEs
         vaLENTiN                                 The COBA has taken an aggressive approach in dealing with grievances, and
         CORRESPONDINg SECRETARY
                                                  health & safety issues concerning our members. Due to the limited wording in
         wvalentin@cobanyc.org                    the contract concerning health, and safety, we have been challenged to
                                                  explore other avenues, and contact the overseeing agencies that monitor city
                                                  agencies such as DOC.

                                                  The Public Employee’s Safety, and Health Administration (PESH) has been very
                                                  helpful to the COBA in obtaining favorable judgments, and issuing fines against
                                                  the Department for health, and safety violations. PESH receives its authority
                                                  from the Federal government and can impose penalties, enforce judgments,
                                                  and fines for failure to comply within a set time frame.

                                                  The Department of Correction sometimes attempts to dance around Health,
                                                  and Safety Violations brought forth at a grievance Hearing, due to the
                                                  interpretation of the COBA contract by Labor Relations Officials. However, with
                                                  PESH, and OSHA (Occupational Safety, and Health Administration) there are
                                                  clear guidelines that ALL employers must follow. Federal Regulations mandate
                                                  that these guidelines are followed and enforced.

                                                  Listed below are some of the violations issued to the Department due to
                                                  COBA’s intervention:

                                                  • Respiratory Protection for all DOC Staff.

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       WiLLiaM vaLENTiN
                                                    OBCC/VCBC.
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       Member and to see how you can              • Division1 Storehouse/Bakery/Laundry (and related
       stay informed on what COBA is
       doing for YOU!                               structures) Structural Deficiencies/Fire Systems, and
                                                    General Safety.

                                                  • Heating Systems in Bronx Courts.

                                                  • General Safety issues at RNDC/OBCC.

                                                  The above PESH victories have resulted in over 20 violations issued to the
                                                  Department of Correction that MUST be corrected.

                                                  The COBA is working hard to ensure that our members have a safe workplace.
                                                  You have enough hazards in your workplace dealing with the criminal element.
                                                  If you feel that you have a health and safety issue, contact the COBA Office at
                                                  212-274-8000 and ask for william Valentin or Benny Boscio. we will return your
                                                  call as soon as possible.




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                   COBa’s FirsT rEaL EsTaTE sEMiNar DraWs
                     OvEr 100 COrrECTiON OFFiCErs FOr
                    assisTaNCE WiTh rEaL EsTaTE MaTTErs
       On June 21, 2011 over 100 active and retired Correction Officers turned out at Riccardo’s for COBA’s first Real Estate
       Seminar hosted by COBA’s law firm, Koehler & Isaacs. Speakers included bank representaives, mortgage lenders, and
       attorneys who answered hundreds of questions on topics including:

       • Purchasing a New Home                                   • How Filing for Bankruptcy May Allow      • what are the rates?
       • First-time Homebuyer Program                              You to keep Your home                    • what are the qualifications?
       • Refinancing Your Existing Home                          • what to do if you miss a payment         • what products are available now?
       • Using Your Equity as a Tool                             • what Mortgage Banks are                  • what Legal Services are Covered by
       • what to Do If You Can’t Pay Your                          Available Now                             the Law Firm of koehler
         Mortgage                                                • who’s lending money?                      & Isaacs LLP?




       The Real Estate Department at koehler & Isaacs, LLP                              lawyers will prepare the contract of sale, review the title
       provides you with extensive legal representation covering                        search and clear any title exceptions. You are represented at
       real estate purchases, sales, and refinances.                                    closings and all the necessary documents needed to
                                                                                        transfer your property to the purchaser are prepared for you.
       Purchase: If you are purchasing a 1, 2, or 3 family dwelling,                    After closing, you’ll receive a complete closing statement
       cooperative apartment or condominium unit, and you                               with copies of all the documents you signed at closing.
       intend to live there as your primary residence, the legal fee
       for representing you is covered by the legal services plan.                      Refinance: If you are refinancing your 1, 2, or 3 family
       Your lawyers will review the contract, make necessary legal                      dwelling, cooperative apartment or condominium unit, and
       changes to the contract, sit down with you and review the                        you live there as your primary residence, your legal fee for
       contract and explain to you how the entire process works.                        representing you is covered by the legal services plan. Your
       They will also order a title search for you to make sure that                    lawyers will attend your closing and review and explain your
       there are no liens, back taxes, open water charges,                              new mortgage documents. After closing, you’ll receive a
       judgements, etc. against the premises that will affect the                        complete closing statement with copies of all the
       value of your home. Your lawyers will review your mortgage                       documents you signed at closing.
       loan documents, schedule your closing, attend the closing
       with you and explain to you all of the documents you signed
                                                                                        koehler & Isaacs LLP currently represents hundreds of
       at closing. After closing, you are sent a complete closing
                                                                                        Correction Officers every year in various real estate
       statement with copies of all the documents you signed at
                                                                                        transactions and they look forward to representing many
       closing as well as your original recorded deed.
                                                                                        more of you in the future.
       Sale: If you are selling a 1, 2, or 3 family dwelling,
       cooperative apartment or condominium unit, and you live                          we encourage you to contact the law firm at 917-551-1300
       there as your primary residence, your legal fee for                              with any questions or concerns you may have regarding
       representing you is covered by the legal services plan. Your                     your real estate transaction.

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                                                  COrrECTiON OFFiCErs EvaCuaTE
         ELias
                                                   MOrE ThaN 250 iNMaTEs FrOM
         husaMuDEEN                                5 aLarM FirE ON riKErs isLaND
         1ST VICE PRESIDENT
         ehusamudeen@cobanyc.org                  On Sunday, July 10, 2011 Correction Officers assigned to gMDC evacuated more than
                                                  250 inmates from Dorms 14 and 16 in a fast moving fire. The fire started on the 3x11
                                                  tour about 8pm. Correction Officers assigned to VCBC in the Bronx witnessed the
                                                  flames and called 911 to say the jail was on fire.

                                                  The fire started in the heating/air conditioning unit of gMDC. It took approximately
                                                  three hours to bring the fire under control. The timely and professional response of the
                                                  gMDC's uniformed staff is to be commended. Though we are all supposed to be
                                                  trained in fire safety procedures, a person never really knows what they would do in an
                                                  emergency situation. The Correction Officers responded with extreme caution and
                                                  professionalism to ensure that everyone was evacuated safely. They then secured
                                                  everyone in the facility's recreation and dining areas until they could be relocated.
                                                  within three hours, all of the inmates had been housed and relocated to various
                                                  locations on Rikers Island.

                                                  Four firefighters suffered minor injuries. The fire was classified as a five alarm fire.
                                                  good job gMDC!




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                                                  The air conditioning and heating unit almost collapsed on dorms.

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       COBa COMMUNITY NEwS
                                   COBA Supports Breast
                                   Cancer Awareness Month
                                   It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and
                                   COBA Delegate Melinda Martinez and
                                   officers assigned to the Bronx Courts did
                                   their part to raise money by hosting a
                                   bake sale to help the cause. Bronx court
                                   staff donated baked goods and over
                                   $1,500 was raised to donate to the Susan
                                   B. gomen Foundation. Staff at the facility
                                   participate yearly in the walk that is held
                                   at Orchard Beach.



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                                                                   BOLDEsT aThLETEs:
                                                                   ChaMpiONs ON aND
         KarEN
         BELFiELD                                                    OFF ThE FiELD
         RECORDINg SECRETARY                      The COBA has adopted a program with the intention of building the morale within the
         kbelfield@cobanyc.org                    Department that has gotten off to a winning start! The BOLDEST SPORTS Program consists
                                                  of Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and Bowling, to name a few. Officers throughout the
                                                  Department are members of different teams who help to promote good sportsmanship
                                                  like no other.

                                                  The Basketball program consists of teams that travel around the country participating
                                                  in the Battle of the Badges Basketball League. The teams play officers all over the
                                                  country including, Atlanta, Louisiana, California, North Carolina, and Texas, to name a
                                                  few. The AMkC Violators (Coached by Officer Derwin Hewitt), gMDC gunners (Coached
                                                  by Officer Eric Bruce) and the gRVC Hitmen (Coached by Officer Herman Lowndes) make
                                                  sure that the Boldest stay in the winner’s bracket! The Violators took the Silver in the 35
                                                  and older tournament, and the gunners took the Bronze in their division when the
                                                  teams participated in the world Police and Fire games this summer. The Violators won
                                                  the Civil Service title and the gunners won the Commissioner’s Tournament title over
                                                  the summer also.

                                                  The women also have a Basketball program in which the OBCC Lady O’s are lead by Officer
                                                  Charisma Carter (MVP) and they won the Commissioner’s Tournament this season with a
                                                  victory over the RNDC Lady Ballers led by Cheryl Payne.

                                                  The Baseball / Softball program headed by Officers Diego Diaz (EMTC) Orlando Dejesus
                                                  (gRVC) and Officer keith Torres (Bronx Courts) participated in tournaments all over the
                                                  city playing teams from other city agencies. gRVC recently took home the championship
                                                  title for the third year in a row in the Commissioner’s Softball Tournament, finishing with
                                                  a 5-0 record.
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       KarEN BELFiELD                             Diego Diaz’s team represented the Department in the world Police and Fire games this
       Scan this QR -Code to learn                summer where they played teams from as far away as Australia. This proved to be a bonding
       more about your COBA Board                 experience as our officers and those from various diverse backgrounds interacted.
       Member and to see how you can
       stay informed on what COBA is              The Boldest Sports program in its come back season has done a tremendous job in bringing
       doing for YOU!                             back the DOC Football program. Team President Officer Chris Harris (EMTC) has worked
                                                  hard with his team to build a program that epitomizes the concept behind Boldest Sports.
                                                  The Team finished their season with a 3-3 record. Officer Harris and his team have also been
                                                  instrumental in bridging the gap between the DOC and the community by participating
       COBaSPORTS                                 in many charitable events and volunteering in the communities that we strive to protect.

                                                  The Boxing Program in its freshman season did well against the other Police and Fire
                                                  Departments that they competed against. Captain Mathews (ESU) runs a program in which
                                                  members of the Department get to take some of the stress of the job out in the ring! Last
                                                  season the team participated in a benefit tournament in conjunction with LAPD. Members
                                                  of the Department came out to support the team as they defeated the LAPD.

                                                  The Boldest Bowling Team is comprised of all ranks of the Department from officers to
                                                  chiefs. They won several medals in the wPFg this summer in different categories.

                                                  The COBA is proud to support and be a part of the Boldest Sports Program. The camaraderie
                                                  and morale that this program has built has prompted us to add a new award to our Annual
                                                  Awards Dinner Dance this year, The Sportsmanship Award. we congratulate all the athletes
                                                  and look forward to continuing to support them in future competitions.



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                                                                      14th
                                                          Annual
                                                                      Dinner Dance
                                 2011 COBA AWARD RECIPIENTS
                       Chief of the Year                                Special Recognition Award
                      Michael Hourihane                              Correction Officer Peter Rabassa

                       Warden of the Year                            Special Acknowledgement Award
                         Eliseo Perez                                         James Carrick

                 Deputy Warden of the Year                                Sportsmanship Awards:
                   Turhan Gumusdere
                                                                            Boldest Baseball
          Assistant Deputy Warden of the Year                                    EAGLES
                      Andrea Hall                                Correction Officer Diego Diaz, President

                    Captain of the Year                                      Boldest Football
               Leon Phillips (Bronx Courts)                      Correction Officer Chris Harris, President
                 Anthony Green (AMKC)
                Justina Corporan (RNDC )                                     Boldest Boxing
                Maxsolaine Mingo (RMSC)                                 Captain Charles Matthews

                       Civilian of the Year                                  Boldest Basketball
                         Shavon Stuart                                        GMDC GUNNERS
                                                                  Correction Officer Eric Bruce (Coach)
        Dedication and Commitment Award
      Chief of Administration, Waymond Isaacs                                Boldest Basketball
            Deputy Warden, Eric Ramos                                        AMKC VIOLATORS
           COBA Attorney, Howard Wien                           Correction Officer Derwin Hewitt (Coach)

                      Appreciation Award                                    Boldest Bowling
                          Joni Howe                           Correction Officer Charles Clark (Coordinator)

                                                   Villa Barone Manor
                                 737 Throgs Neck Expwy • Bronx, NY 10465 • (718) 892-3500

                              Thursday, October 27, 2011 • Cocktails 6:00 PM
                                      Dinner 8:00 PM • Tickets $95
                              For Ticket Information call (212) 274-8000
                               PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT The COBA Widows’ & Children’s Fund
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                                                        What to Do if You
                                                        or a Family Member
                                                        Have Been Injured
          K                I          LLP
                                                        in an Accident




                                                        Have you or a member of your family been injured at work, or in an
                                                        automobile, subway, or bus accident? Have you been injured due to
                                                        medical malpractice or negligence on the part of a hospital?

                                                        If you or a family member are injured in an accident and require immediate
                                                        legal representation, call the law firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP at 917-551-
                 61 Broadway                            1300 and you will be put immediately in contact with attorneys working
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                                                        • $7 million in a medical malpractice case where the wife of a Correction Officer died after
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                                                        • $5.5 million for the family of a client who died in a motor vehicle accident.
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