Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer 2022-05-20

NYSTPBA Newsletter Message from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer NYSTPBA Pushes for DROP Program With six scheduled days left in the 2022 legislative session, the NYSTPBA is using a full-court press to obtain a new retirement benefit in the form of a Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). A DROP is a way for a Trooper, who would otherwise be eligible to retire, to keep working and therefore providing a benefit to the Division in the form of the retention of experienced, seasoned employees. If a Trooper should opt into the program, he or she would be considered retired for the purposes of the retirement system and their pension would be set at that time; they would continue to work and receive their regular salary for a period of up to five years. During this time, their monthly pension benefit would accumulate in an interest-bearing account, payable to the Trooper at the end of the DROP period. We have introduced two separate DROP bills - one specific only to members of the NYSP and the other is a more encompassing one that applies to all police and fire employees in the state retirement system. I would like to thank Senators Jim Gaughran and Diane Savino for carrying these bills (S9240, S9311). Example: Trooper A takes advantage of the DROP with 25 years of service. His pension, for argument’s sake, is $100,000 per year. He continues to work at his full salary (with any pay raises and overtime worked) for the next five years. At the end of the DROP period, he begins to receive his annual $100,000 salary and in addition, is given the total accumulation of the DROP account which now has $500,000, plus interest. On that same note… Rumor Control For what it is worth, here are some clarifications to some of the rumors floating round out there: There are NO plans for a Tier II buyout or early retirement incentive for police & fire - more specifically, legislation being introduced for Tier 2 members to receive 75% at 25 years in order to retain senior members over 20 years. Candlelight Vigil Thank you to those members and nearly the entire command staff who made the trip to Washington, D.C. to honor Trooper James Monda and the other 613 members of law enforcement whose names were recognized at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony last Friday evening. In Memoriam To all of the families in Buffalo affected by the senseless and evil actions of the 18-year-old newly-minted mass murderer. By all accounts, the actions of security guard and retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter Jr. to confront the suspect before he was killed inside the Tops supermarket saved lives. The fast actions of the Buffalo police officers to respond to the scene and act decisively definitely saved additional lives. Quote of the Week He’s a true hero, and we don’t know what he prevented. There could have been more victims if not for his actions. He’s been retired for several years. He’s been a beloved member and employee of Tops here, working security. He went down fighting. - Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia speaking of security guard and retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter Jr. Quote of the Week II The bravery by the Buffalo police officers … I just cannot say enough about their actions. I can’t say enough about our retired fellow colleague, Aaron Salter, who confronted this individual to save the lives of others. May he rest in peace. - Erie County Sheriff John Garcia on Saturday’s events Quote of the Week III I'm devastated. I'm angry. And I'm thinking about the families who won't welcome a loved one home tonight. All because an individual filled with pure evil made a calculated decision to senselessly take innocent lives. - Sen. Tim Kennedy, whose staff member had a son who was wounded during the shooting. Around the World in Eighty Days This week has been a bruising one, but I am honored to have represented the NYSTPBA at the Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C., during the Police Conference of New York in Lake Placid and as Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition in California. A tip of the hat to Mr. Jules Verne, however, I could only muster 6,000 miles in eight days. And the Grantland Rice Award Goes to…* Democratic strategist Bruce N. Gyory, who recently penned the following in reference to the speculation of Andrew Cuomo staging a gubernatorial run: To those who expect him to run he would have to bet his frayed legacy on a wish that for voters he is like Napoleon on Elba, one well timed cavalry charge from being able to defeat Wellington at Waterloo, rather than where the polling data seems to put him, on the political equivalent of St. Helena, a point of no return. Tribute to a True American Hero The entire NYSP community collectively mourns the death of retired Inv. Rick Butterfield, age 77, who passed away after a long battle with cancer early Monday morning. Rick served his country honorably from 1963 to 1970, which included two tours in Vietnam, and during such time he was awarded two Purple Hearts. While on duty as a second lieutenant with the 11th Pathfinders of the 1st Cavalry Division, he saw combat in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, Nov. 14-18, 1965. He was wounded during this battle but refused to leave the battlefield until his men were evacuated. This battle was memorialized in the book “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young” by retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway and partly in the 2002 film “We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson. He served a second tour in 1968 as company commander of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded a second time and, after recovering from his wounds, he returned to Vietnam and served with the 5th Special Forces Group Airborne. After serving active duty, he served with the New York Army National Guard from 1970-95 as a company commander, commander of 2nd Battalion, 105th Infantry, and as commander of the 1st Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division until his retirement from the Guard as a Brigadier General in 1995. Rick served on the NYSTPBA Board of Directors as both a Trooper and an Investigator. He served in the following positions: Troop G/H Delegate (1988-90), BCI East Delegate (1994, 1998), Statewide BCI Delegate (1998-2002). After a 35-year career with the New York State Police, Rick served with the Warren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit, completing 50 years in law enforcement. Sir - thank you for your service and friendship. Visitation June 8, 2022 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc. 165 Columbia Turnpike Rensselaer, NY Funeral services with full military honors will be held on June 9 in the Saratoga National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Cardiovascular Screening The NYS Troopers PBA has partnered with Capital Cardiology to provide all active and retired Troopers and their family members with access to a FREE cardiac screening. This is a 15-minute screening that will include a blood pressure test, heart rate, cholesterol check and a calcium test score via low radiation CT scan of the heart. Each participant will have a very solid look at their cardiac health and will meet with a highly ranked cardiologist. No insurance will be charged for the screening, though they may need your insurance information if follow-up care is warranted. Please be advised that this is a screening performed every 5 years - those who have had this screening within the last 5 years are not eligible. The next screening is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Located at: Capital Cardiology Associates 7 Southwoods Blvd 1st Floor Albany, NY 12207 To schedule your free, 15-minute screening for you or a family member, please contact Emily Dixon at or 518-462-7448 Ext. 140. Footnote: *As a sportswriter for the New York Herald-Tribune, Grantland Rice wrote what is probably the most famous passages in the history of sports journalism after Notre Dame’s 13-7 victory over Army on October 18, 1924 – Outlined against a blue-gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below. This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at

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