July, August, September 2006
Volume V Issue 3
“ P A T R O L L I N G T H E T O U G H E S T P R E C I N C T S I N N E W Y O R K ”
90 Year-Old Retired Correction Officer Returns to
Rikers for a Street Signing Ceremony, Honoring
New York City’s Boldest
Pictured above: Joe Lasala, who retired from the Department of Correction in 1978, presides over the August 9th street signing ceremony, renaming
Hazen Street, “The Boldest Way”. He was joined by COBA President Norman Seabrook, the COBA Executive Board, Commissioner Martin Horn,
City Council Members Peter Vallone Jr. and Hiram Monserrate and State Senator George Ornato.
IN THIS ISSUE:
President’s Message p.2 Line-of-Duty Injury p.5 Monroe College Bachelor Program at COBA’s 10th Annual Golf Outing p.9
Settlement Update DOC Academy p. 6
Legislative Update p.3 Pictures from Rye Playland p.10
Upcoming COBA Events-- p.5 COBA Health Corner p.7-8
9-11 and Your Health p.4 2006 COBA Awards Dinner Dance
Benefiting the Widows’ and Children’s COBA Executive Board Attends
Killer of NYC CO Sentenced to Fund Funeral for Slain Maryland State
20 Years to Life p.4 Correction Officer p.8
Dear Brother and Sister Officers:
The Executive Board and I enjoyed seeing many of you and your family members at our recent family
day outing at Rye Playland. The day was a complete success, with the re-uniting of old friends and
fellow officers, and the bonding between families.
Highlighted below, are several important topics that I would like to briefly bring to your attention.
Each of these topics is discussed in greater detail in this edition of COBA News.
9/11 and Your Health
As you know, we recently sent you a letter informing you of new policies and procedures put in place
by the City and State of New York, regarding the after-effects of 9-11 and your health. We hope that
you will take advantage of it, document it, and pursue it, if necessary. The COBA will continue to
keep you apprised of the relevant resources available to you and your families.
I’m pleased to inform you that Governor George E. Pataki has signed into law, several pieces of
important legislation, which addresses some of the issues that concern the members of this organization
who took part in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. In addition to lobbying for this
legislation, we have also called on the City Council to allocate the necessary funding to assist the first
responders in getting access to better health care.
Golf Outing Raises Nearly $60,000 for the COBA Scholarship Fund!!
On August 28th, the COBA held our 10th Annual Golf Outing at the Inwood Country Club. Thanks to
the generosity of many supporters, we successfully raised nearly $60,000 on behalf of the scholarship
fund. On behalf of the entire COBA, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who came out in
support of this worthy cause.
November 7th is Election Day
In closing, the Executive Board and I would like to remind you that Election Day is November 7th. If
you have not yet registered to vote, it is imperative that you do, so your voice can be heard!
Remember, you CAN make a difference! We will be informing you of the COBA’s endorsements in the
races for Governor and Attorney General shortly.
May God continue to bless you.
COBA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
By: William Kwasnicki
COBA Legislative Chairman
On August 14, 2006, Governor George E. Pataki signed into law several
important pieces of legislation that the COBA lobbied for, pertaining to
Correction Officers who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at
Ground Zero. A brief overview of each new law is outlined below:
• Legislation (S.8348): Alters the 2-year deadline for certain claims by
directing the Workers’ Compensation Board to apply the standards of Pictured above far right, COBA President Norman Seabrook attends the 9-11 bill
“Occupational Diseases” for claimants who have developed illnesses over signing ceremony at Ground Zero.
time as a result of their services during the rescue, recovery and clean-up
operations following the September 11th attacks. There is no statute of the federal government to provide benefits to volunteers to pay for medical
limitations for claims submitted by individuals who volunteered at the treatment during the period in which a claimant’s workers’ compensation
various rescue and recovery WTC sites. case is being controverted by the insurer.
Under the current Workers’ Compensation Law, a worker who is injured on You can view the complete text of this legislation by entering the
the job as the result of a specific, identifiable workplace incident must file a following bill numbers: S.8348, A.11255-A, and A.10731-A, in the New
workers’ compensation claim within 2 years of the date of the accident. York State Assembly website address at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/
Workers’ who develop illnesses as a result of exposure to harmful elements
directly related to their employment are classified as having sustained an
occupational illness. The deadline for “Occupational Disease” cases extends
to 2 years from the time in which the claimant knew or should have known
that the condition is related to his or her employment.
COBA Calls on New York City Council to
• Legislation (A.11255-A): Permits the families of eligible public employees
who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts and who die
Introduce Legislation to Help Municipal
of a disease covered by the presumptions law the Governor signed last year Workers Involved in the 9-11 Rescue and
to apply for accidental death benefits.
Recovery Efforts at Ground Zero
• Legislation (A.10731-A) Eliminates the statute of limitations to permit
those involved in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup On September 14, 2006, COBA
operations who retired and later became disabled from illnesses related to President Norman Seabrook and
their service, to have their retirement status re-categorized as accidental Legislative Chairman William
disability. This re-classification would provide line-of-duty _ benefits Kwasnicki, along with leaders of other
provided they file a sworn affidavit of their participation in the WTC uniformed municipal unions, testified
operations by June 14, 2007. Additionally, this legislation calls on before the City Council’s Committee
workers’ compensation insurers and self insured employers to exercise an on Civil Service and Labor, and asked
option created and enacted as part of Governor Pataki’s 1996 Workers’ President Norman Seabrook and the City Council to provide funding
Compensation reforms, which enabled insurers to expeditiously pay for Legislative Chairman William to assist 9-11 first responders in
Kwasnicki testifying before the City
medical treatment without prejudicing their right to further litigate a Council’s Commitee on Civil Service getting access to better medical care.
claim or admitting liability to the claim. This legislation also directs the and Labor
Workers’ Compensation Board to expand the use of the MD-1 program “In the aftermath of September 11,
created in 2002. The program utilizes Orders of the Chair to address 2001, there was no blueprint to turn to and no polices or procedures in
insurers’ failure to act in a timely fashion as required by law. The measure place to direct us on what to do next,” said COBA President Norman
will ensure swifter access to medical care for claimants who have not Seabrook, in his testimony before the City Council.
received authorization for non-emergency health care procedures, such as
MRI’s and surgery. Insurers are expected to provide authorizations or “Knowing that a first responder gave his or her life to save someone else’s
denials within 30 days of a request for medical treatment. This provision life, you can understand. But watching someone who participated in the
will direct the Chair to authorize procedures when a claimant is left to Ground Zero recovery efforts, dying right before your eyes, you cannot
languish for more than 30 days without a response from the insurer. This understand, especially knowing that there are medical resources available
legislation also provides immediate relief for workers injured at Ground to prevent this. All that is simply needed is allocating the necessary funds
Zero or related activities by using a portion of the $50 million grant from to help these individuals care for their 9-11 heath-related problems.”
9-11 AND YOUR HEALTH
• Federal funding has enabled Mt. Sinai to provide all WTC participants
with medical screenings with no out-of-pocket-expense to the patient.
Insurance or Workers Compensation may be billed where appropriate.
Hospitalization is not currently covered.
• For more information, to register, or to update your records with Mount
Sinai, call the toll free WTC Medical Monitoring Program Hotline at
1-888-702-0630 or visit their website at www.wtcexams.org
The City of New York’s WTC
Environmental Health Center at Bellevue
• On September 5, 2006, the City of New York announced that The
Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) will establish the WTC
A recent study released by the Mount Sinai Medical Center, which has Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital/NYU to expand
provided medical screenings for first responders who worked at Ground comprehensive medical and mental health screening, evaluation and
Zero following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has found that treatment services to a broader range of individuals with suspected World
70% of World Trade Center responders had a new or worsened respiratory Trade Center-related health problems particularly residents, uninsured
symptom that developed during or after their time working at Ground Zero. individuals, undocumented immigrants, and all others in need of care
Additionally, the study showed that severe respiratory conditions including who are not currently receiving services.
pneumonia were significantly more common in the six months after 9-11
than in six months prior to 9-11. • The Health Center’s services will include a complete physical examination
with focus on specific tests associated with common WTC-associated
The COBA has continuously given you updated information regarding the symptoms, a formalized WTC-related disease clinical diagnosis and
relevant resources available to you and we will continue to do so. medical and mental health treatment. To ensure the broadest possible
Accordingly, we are informing you of new policies and procedures that have coverage, the new Center will serve any individuals who were exposed to
been recently put in place by the City and State of New York in regards to WTC dust or fumes, including residents of Manhattan or Brooklyn,
the after-effects of 9-11 and your health. We hope that you take advantage office workers, City employees and volunteers, and individuals involved
of the information provided below: in debris removal and clean-up. The Center is scheduled to open in
The World Trade Center Medical Lawsuits Which Are Being Pursued
Monitoring Program at Mount Sinai By Some First Responders
• COBA’s attorneys at Koehler & Isaacs LLP will give you an update on
lawsuits they are aware of which have been undertaken by other
• The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program is designed to
emergency workers who worked at the various 9/11 sites during or
monitor your health whether or not you are currently experiencing any
immediately after the terrorist attacks. To receive an update on these
symptoms. Even if you are not sick now, these examinations can serve to
lawsuits, email Michael Skelly at email@example.com
provide early detection for illnesses that might develop in the future.
BRONX MAN SENTENCED TO TWENTY YEARS TO LIFE
FOR KILLING A NYC CORRECTION OFFICER 16 YEARS AGO
PRESIDENT NORMAN SEABROOK SAYS “JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED”
On September 12, 2006, the cold blooded killer of New York City “Officer Barker never had a chance to defend himself,” said Norman
Correction Officer Scott Barker, was sentenced to prison for twenty years to Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.
life by Bronx State Supreme Court Judge Caesar Cirigliano. “He will be remembered forever as one of the very best of New York’s
Officer Scott Barker, who was assigned to the Wards Island Annex to the
Rose M. Singer Center, was savagely slashed in the throat on February 23, “On behalf of the men and women of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent
1990, while off duty in the Bronx. He was twenty-six years old. Detectives Association, I commend the detectives from the Bronx Homicide Task Force
from the Bronx Homicide Task force, re-investigated what was then a “cold and the prosecutors from the Bronx District Attorney’s office. We are truly
case” in 1998, after witnesses from the night of the attack came forward with grateful for their relentless efforts to track down and convict this callous
key information. Prosecutors from the Bronx District Attorney’s office were thug. Justice has been served.”
able to secure the indictment of the assailant, Robert Nazario, in 2001.
LINE-OF-DUTY INJURY SETTLEMENT UPDATE:
WHAT COBA MEMBERS NEED TO KNOW
By: Joey Bracco consent form employees will be required to sign and return to the City in
COBA 2nd Vice President order to collect their refund. This consent form must be returned within
sixty (60) days from the date of the letter or that individual will be
The COBA has been informed that the precluded from obtaining a refund. The deadline date will be printed in
City of New York has reached a settlement the letter. Thus time will be of the essence. We urge all Correction Officers
with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who believe that they may be eligible for a refund and whose address has
involving FICA (i.e. Social Security & changed to update their information.
Medicare) tax refunds to both the City and
eligible uniformed members of the City’s OPA has obtained mailing addresses from the City’s Payroll Management
Correction Department. The years covered System as well as other sources. If you believe that your address must be
by this settlement are 1989 through 2005. changed complete the Change of Employee Address for LoDI FICA
Eligible uniformed members of the Department who were on authorized Refund Claim form. The form can be sent to:
Line of Duty Injury (LoDI) leave at some point during the years 1989
through 2005 will likely be eligible for a refund of the FICA taxes paid on The City of New York Office of Payroll Administration
LoDI payments received for a period of six months or less. FICA Refund Claim Unit
One Centre Street Room 200N
Please note that Line of Duty Injury payments received for a period of New York, NY 10007
greater than six months have previously been deemed to be tax exempt
under a separate statutory provision and thus are not part of this refund. It can be faxed to 212-669-3377
In order to collect a refund in connection with this settlement, eligible Contact Information:
uniformed members must submit a signed consent form to the City To find answers to frequently asked questions concerning the Line of
allowing the City to collect the refund on the employees’ behalf. Once the Duty Injury Refund Claim, go to the following website address:
IRS refunds the monies to the City, the City will then remit the money to
the eligible employees. In the absence of a signed consent form from an http://www.nyc.gov/html/opa/html/faqs/lodi_faq.shtml
employee, that employee will not be able to participate in this settlement.
Moreover, that employee may be forever barred from collecting a refund For inquiries regarding the FICA Refund Claim you can use any of the
of these amounts since his/her time for filing an individual refund claim following options.
will likely have expired.
The Office of Payroll Administration (OPA) is in the process of gathering The City of New York Office of Payroll Administration
the data it needs to reach out to every affected employee. OPA anticipates FICA Refund Claim Unit
that letters explaining the refund process and the years for which that One Centre Street Room 200N
employee may be entitled to a FICA refund will be mailed out to each New York, NY 10007
employee by the end of the year. Enclosed with this letter will be the Telephone: (212) 669-2333
CORRECTION OFFICERS’ BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
2006 COBA AWARDS RECIPIENTS
To be Announced
Chief of the Year Captain of the Year
Carolyn Thomas - Chief of Department Christine Lewis - GMDC
Warden of the Year Dedication and Commitment Award
Frank Squillante - GRVC George Okada – Warden - CJB
Deputy Warden of the Year Civilian of the Year
Cyril Dolly – EMTC Rabbi Boruch Leibowitz – OBCC
Assistant Deputy Warden of the Year Special Recognition Award
Eliseo Perez – TD Mark Cranston - Deputy Chief of Staff
Scott Wilson – OBCC - Captain
James Baker – GMDC - ADW
DOC K-9 Unit
MONROE COLLEGE AND THE DOC ACADEMY DEVELOP A
CRIMINAL JUSTICE BACHELOR DEGREE COHORT PROGRAM
THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM
WILL BE TAUGHT AT THE DOC ACADEMY
Does the Cohort Program accept prior college credits?
Going into the Cohort Program, Cohort students that are graduates of the
DOC Academy may be eligible for up to 21 credits. In addition, Cohort
students on an individual basis may be entitled to credits transferred from
other colleges, and equivalent college credits for Military Occupational
Specialty (MOS) training, DOC Academy Pre-Promotional training,
State and Federal Government Homeland and Safety & Security training,
and prior work experience.
What is the maximum number of prior college or equivalent
college credits that Monroe will allow?
The maximum number of allowable college or equivalent credits is 90
credits. Allowable credits are evaluated on a student-by-student basis using
official transcripts from other colleges attended, DOC Academy
transcripts, and other Cohort student provided information that will be
required by Monroe Admissions to determine allowable credits.
Staff members from Monroe College at COBA’s Annual Rye Playland Family Outing
Are Cohort Program students entitled to the Monroe Law
Enforcement Officers Grant?
The Monroe College School of Criminal Justice and the staff of the Dept.
of Corrections Academy collaborated on the development of a Criminal The Law Enforcement Officers Grant is available to all active, retired, and
Justice Bachelor of Science Cohort Program that will be taught by disabled uniform member of the DOC, as well as civilian DOC employed
Monroe’s faculty at the Academy’s Middle Village location. The personnel. The grant is awarded automatically based on proof of DOC
development of the fully accredited Cohort Program resulted from the employment and is granted at the rate of $375 per semester for Cohort
need to provide convenient access to college courses with a program that Program students studying part-time (six credits per semester); a tuition
would be sensitive to the various tours of duty that Correction Officers savings of $1,125 over a three semester year.
work throughout the year. The Cohort Program brings the College to the
Officers at a convenient location that is familiar to each Officer, and Can Cohort Program students enroll in Distance Learning
provides for tour of duty changes that frequently occur. courses to “fast track” acquiring the Degree?
What is a Cohort Program? Cohort students have the opportunity and are encouraged to take
Distance Learning (DL) classes coincident with the Cohort Program
A Cohort Program is an educational program that’s specifically designed courses to help accelerate acquiring the CJ Bachelor of Science Degree.
to meet the specific needs of a target group of students that have Cohort students that are enrolled in a minimum of two DL courses that
something in common with each other. In this instance, the Cohort are taken coincident with the two Cohort Program courses given per
Program is designed to meet the needs of the Officers to have college semester are entitled to a Law Enforcement Officers Grant of $750 per
courses taught in a convenient location while allowing them to work their semester for full-time students (twelve or more credits per semester); a
assigned tours of duty and not miss any classes. tuition savings of $2,250 over a three semester year.
How does the Cohort Program help with changes in tours of duty? When does the Cohort Program start?
The Cohort Program is structured so that two (2) three-credit classes will
be given during the week. The classes will be given on Tuesdays and The DOC Cohort Program is scheduled to start the first week in January
Thursdays of each week; a three-hour class will be given in the morning 2007 and registration is currently underway.
from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and then repeated in the evening of the same
day from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Cohort students will have the option to How do I apply to become a Cohort program student?
attend either session depending on their assigned tours of duty.
To apply to the DOC Cohort Program, please contact Martin Cintron,
What number of credits must a Cohort student complete to Director, Distance Learning Admissions at 718-933-6700, or
be eligible for a CJ Bachelor of Science Degree? firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also apply directly via Monroe’s
online application at http://www.monroecollege.edu. Monroe College
A Cohort student must successfully complete 120 credits (40 classes; each application folders can also be picked up at the DOC Academy from the
class is three credits) to be eligible for the degree. office of the Academy Academic Director.
COBA HEALTH CORNER
Can Martial Arts Improve Your COBA News: Why is karate and practicing martial arts, a
Health? Two DOC Masters Say healthy form of exercise for Correction Officers? Why
“Yes!” should they learn self-defense techniques?
Recently, COBA News interviewed two Master Chuy: Ever since I was a kid I believed in rigorous exercise.
instructors from the Correction That’s why I got into martial arts. For a CO especially, when you work
Academy, Correction Officer Tony Chuy inside the jails, sometimes you have to face violent inmates and it’s good
and Correction Officer Ron Cook, who to know a few types of self-defense techniques. Also, statistics show that
teach physical training and self-defense a Correction Officer’s job is very stressful. Every day, we face different
courses. Outside of their duties at the types of threats, resulting in increased stress levels. That’s why it’s good
academy, they teach traditional Chinese to work out and to keep yourself healthy over a long period of time. It
Master Tony Chuy and Japanese martial arts at their is very important to keep yourself physically fit. And that’s the reason
respective martial arts schools. In the why
interviews below, Officers Chuy and Cook share their insights on the I encourage every officer to learn some form of self-defense.
benefits of practicing martial arts as a means of improving one’s health
and physical fitness. COBA News: Do these classes and self-defense techniques that you
teach at the Praying Mantis school, prepare your students to reach their
Master Tony Chuy, a seventeen-year veteran of the Department of optimal fitness level?
Correction, began his martial arts training at the age of 14 in Hong
Kong, where he studied under Grandmaster Lam Hay who taught Master Chuy: Yes. Everybody over here, some of them have no
Northern Eagle Claw and Choy Lee Fut styles. He later studied the background in martial arts at all, some of them have very little
Praying Mantis system and became a disciple of that system. In 1982, background, some of them have learned from another style of martial
Master Chuy established the Praying Mantis Art Institute in New York arts. I take everybody. As long as they are willing to learn, I’m willing
City, where he currently teaches traditional style Chinese Gung-Fu, to teach them.
which has been around for hundreds of years.
COBA News: What’s the process for enrolling in your
COBA News: Master Chuy, please tell us about the Praying
Mantis school. Master Chuy: People can enroll at the beginning of each month, when
we start a new class. I have to interview each person who walks in.
Master Chuy: I’ve been teaching martial arts for twenty-five years now. They have to fill out an application form. I want to ask them why they
We teach fifteen classes a week. Each class runs for approximately 45 want to learn martial arts. I want to make sure the person doesn’t want
minutes to one hour. Usually the classes begin at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 to learn martial arts for the wrong reason.
in the evening, Monday through Thursday and on Saturday. There are
about ten students in each class. Most students come three days a week COBA News: Do you teach children and if so, how could
for two months at a time. Each student gets an introductory class, they benefit from participating in martial arts?
where their skill levels are assessed. We teach all skill levels including,
beginner, basic, intermediate, advanced, and instructor/expert levels. Master Chuy: I only teach children ages twelve and older and they can
We have a ranking system, not a belt system. In order to move up in receive the same physical benefits that adults can.
rank, each student must pass both a physical and a written test.
For more information about the Praying Mantis Martial Arts Institute
COBA News: Why do most people sign up for martial arts Inc, call 212-889-9030.
classes at your school?
Praying Mantis is located at 12 East 32nd Street, 6th Floor
Master Chuy: They are looking to improve their physical fitness. And New York, New York 10016.
most of them really want to learn some type of self-defense so they can
Website address: www.NorthernMantis.com
defend himself or herself.
COBA HEALTH CORNER CONTINUED
Master Ronald Cook is a 4th degree tell my students in class is that they have to be more conscientious about
black belt in the Ronin Shotokan Karate- their health, especially Correction Officers, because of the stressful
Do Association founded by the late environments that they work in. I know a lot of officers that aren’t
Master Thomas LaPuppet. He also holds eating correctly, they aren’t exercising, and they aren’t even going to their
a 6th degree blackbelt from the New doctors regularly. So they don’t know what’s going on with their bodies.
Breed Martial Arts Association and is the
head instructor of Zanshin Dojo which COBA News: If you could communicate a message to
is located in Flushing Meadows, Corona Correction Officers about their health what would you tell
Park in Queens N.Y.
COBA News: Master Cook, Master Cook: I would say, eat right, drink lots of water, and get a lot of
please tell us about your martial strenuous exercise.
Master Ronald Cook arts school.
COBA News: Why are the karate classes you teach, good
Master Cook: At Zanshin Dojo, we teach adults, both beginners and forms of exercise for Correction Officers and their children?
advanced, as well as children ages seven and up. Kids and adults are in
the same class, and the class size can range from approximately five to Master Cook: Because karate covers everything from improving your
fifteen students. Classes are divided by rank, not by age. There are ten agility to improving your cardio fitness and everything that has to do
ranks going up to the blackbelt level. There are three classes that meet with coordination. There are so many benefits from learning karate and
each week all year round. if you’re a competitive person, you can go on to compete in tournaments
COBA News: Why should Correction Officers and their
children enroll in your classes? What’s the benefit for them? COBA News: How can one enroll in your school?
Master Cook: Children can benefit from these classes by learning Master Cook:
discipline, improving their self-confidence and their self-esteem. But
their parents need to participate also. At my school, something I always Just call 718-595-0335 and we’ll send you an application to enroll.
MARYLAND TRAGEDY SERVES AS A A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY OF
STARK REMINDER FOR ALL
CORRECTION OFFICERS TO WEAR
THE LATE LAMONT ROSS
THEIR PROTECTIVE VESTS
Correction Officer Lamont Ross
Maryland State CO David McGuinn
“We extend our heartfelt thanks to COBA President Norman Seabrook,
On August 3, 2006, the COBA Executive Board, along with thousands of the entire COBA Executive Board, and COBA Chaplain Elder Harrison
Correction Officers and representatives of law enforcement agencies from Stukes, for your outpouring of love and continued support during the
around the country, attended funeral services for Maryland State untimely death of our loved one, Lamont L. Ross. Your prayers, visits,
Correction Officer David McGuinn, who was brutally stabbed to death calls and acts of kindness will always be remembered. You are really a
by an inmate at the Maryland House of Correction. He was 41 years old. blessing and may God forever bless each of you.”
This tragedy serves as an important reminder for all Correction Officers ---Retired Correction Officer Alfreda Ross and Family
to wear their protective vests at all times.
COBA’S 10TH ANNUAL GOLF AFRICAN-AMERICAN
OUTING RAISES NEARLY DAY PARADE
$60,000 FOR THE COBA
The sun was shining down on the fairways of the Inwood Country Club
on August 28, 2006, providing the perfect day for COBA’s 10th Annual
Golf Classic. Over 160 golfers, including many brother and sisters from
labor unions throughout the State of New York, attended the tournament
which raised approximately $60,000 on behalf of the COBA Scholarship
Fund. Retired Correction Officers Arthur Freunscht, Alaric Krigger, and Above middle: COBA Corresponding Secretary Al Blake
Joseph Garofola won the top three raffle prizes.
Since its creation in 1996, the COBA Scholarship Fund has awarded over
$240,000 in scholarships (the most awarded in the history of the COBA).
As in previous years, Correction Officers who are attending college will be
eligible for the scholarships, as well as Correction Officers’ children. The
scholarships will be awarded to children from age 4 through age 18,
(through 23 for those attending college). No age limit will be applied to
Correction Officers who are also college students, although proof of
current college attendance will be required of all those over 18 years of age
Photos by: Ralph E. Smith
WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE
Pictured above: COBA Retiree Consultant Vinny Coppola and family
Pictured left to right, DC 9 Pictured above from left to right, COBA 2nd Vice President Joey Bracco,
Seceretary Treasurer/Business President Norman Seabrook, and Financial Secretary Chandra Lasonde
Manager Joe Ramaglia with COBA
attorney Richard Koehler
Pictured above far right, COBA Sergeant-at-Arms Steve Robinson
Photos by: Ralph E. Smith
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2006 COBA CARDS AVAILABLE
Contribute to the COBA Widows and Children’s Fund by buying as many 2006 COBA Cards as you can. All
proceeds from the sale are earmarked for the COBA Widows and Children’s Fund. The cost is $1 per card. Orders
should include additional funds to cover postage: 37 cents for one to three cards, 78 cents for four to ten cards and
$1.56 for eleven to twenty cards.
CORRECTION OFFICERS’ BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
Make checks payable to “Patrolling the Toughest Precincts in New York”
COBA Widows and Children’s Fund
335 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013 (212) 274–8000.
Please complete coupon below: Protecting You While
The Sun Rises & Sets
Name: ________________________ Please send me ______ COBA Cards
Address: ______________________ $_________ for #_________ Cards
Address: ______________________ $_________ for Postage
City: ________________________ $_________ Total enclosed
State: _____________ Zip: ____________ Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association
What do you want on card?: ______ Contact Elizabeth Castro (212) 274-8000
COBA Presorted Standard
335 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
“Patrolling The Toughest Precincts In New York” PAID
NEW YORK, NY
PERMIT NO. 2418