News from the NYSTPBA Board of Directors, November 4, 2022






NYSTPBA Newsletter News from the NYSTPBA Board of Directors In Memoriam Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the funeral services in Catskill for Sergeant Ivan M. Morales, who passed away on October 28, 2022 from an illness as a result of his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He became a member of the State Police on February 14, 2005 and retired on October 20, 2022 from Troop T. The thoughts and prayers of the entire NYSTPBA membership continue to be with Sergeant Morales’s family, friends and former coworkers. Change of Insurance Broker There have been many questions from members about the change of preferred broker for voluntary insurance policies from Epic Risk Solutions to Promark Partners & Sheridan Benefits. We severed ties with Epic Risk Solutions because of the appearance of improprieties and the failure to disclose separate relationships with two individuals. It came to the Board’s attention through public records that then-General Counsel Richard Mulvaney has a life and/or accident/health insurance license that is associated with the address used by Epic Risk Solutions. Additionally, it came to the Board’s attention through public records that then-President Thomas H. Mungeer has a life and/or accident/health insurance license listed with Epic Risk Solutions. During a subsequent conversation with Michael Klugman, owner of Epic Risk Solutions, he confirmed that Richard Mulvaney has a financial interest in the company. These licenses and associations with – and financial interests in – Epic Risk Solutions were not disclosed to the Board. The NYSTPBA Board of Directors will continue to review all areas of operation to ensure compliance with our policies and Constitution and act upon any violations. It is important to note that the actions taken by the Board were in the best interest of the membership as a whole. Members enrolled in these voluntary policies – life and disability insurance, as well as retiree supplemental dental and vision insurance – will experience an upgrade in customer service and increased access to information with the new broker. If you need assistance with your policy, please email Client Relations Specialist Fred Stanley at fstanley@sheridanbenefits.com or call him at 716-580-3773 ext. 226. If Fred is unavailable, feel free to leave a voicemail message. However, if the matter is urgent, you can call the main phone number at Sheridan Benefits (716-580-3773) and explain your situation to the representative who answered the phone, or you can ask to speak with Jenn Costanzo. Vacation Cap Suspended Again As has been the case over the last few years, we have entered into an agreement with GOER to suspend the cap on annual leave accumulation until COB Dec. 31, 2023, at which time the normal 40-day cap would resume. Anyone with annual leave over the cap on that date would lose those vacation days. This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at nystpba@nystpba.org.

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