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RPEA In The News

  • August 7, 2017

Appeared in the Albany Times Union To The Editor: Your recent Perspective on the convening of a State constitutional convention “Opportunity for Reform” was a one-sided and uninformative narrative. Mr. Lachman’s opinion that we need a constitutional convention because numerous…

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Constitutional Convention Polling: Inside the Numbers

  • August 1, 2017

In our last update, we reported that according to the July 2017 Siena College poll, registered voters indicated that their support for holding a Constitutional Convention (ConCon) has dropped from 62 percent in May to 47 percent in July.  While…

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Support For Constitutional Convention Drops

  • August 1, 2017

A Siena college poll released on Tuesday indicates that while two-thirds of New Yorkers have not heard anything about the November 7th ballot question, support for holding a convention has dropped from 62 percent in May to just 47 percent…

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RPEA at the State Fair

  • July 14, 2017

At the suggestion of the Central New York Chapter Chair Dawn Bennett, RPEA will have a booth at the New York State Fair, which runs August 23rd-September 4th, in Syracuse. Our booth will be located in the Center of Progress…

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap Up

  • July 14, 2017

RPEA Successful on Several Fronts The 2017 Legislative session produced some victories for RPEA. In April, we were successful I defeating two of Governor Cuomo’s proposals which would have hurt retirees who participate in the New York State Health Insurance…

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Constitutional Convention Discussion Heating Up

  • July 14, 2017

During recent weeks, discussions about whether or not to convene a Constitutional Convention (ConCon) are increasing, and will certainly hit full stride after Labor Day, when traditional politicking kicks in. Last week, Governor Cuomo made clear that he opposes having…

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RPEA Update: Legislature Adjourns

  • July 5, 2017

Legislature Adjourns: No further action on RPEA bills Late Wednesday night, the Legislature adjourned its 2017 session. There was no further action on our three bills that were in play at the end. The one bill on our agenda that passed…

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Good News Regarding Social Security and Medicare

  • June 14, 2017

Yesterday, the trustees who oversee the Social Security program released projections that call for an increase in the cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 2.2 percent, which equates to about $30 a month for the average recipient. This would be…

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RPEA Update: Legislature Returning

  • June 2, 2017

LEGISLATURE RETURNING After a ten day hiatus, the Legislature returns to Albany on Monday, for the stretch drive to wrap up the 2017 session on the projected June 21 adjournment date. RPEA had victories in the budget process and we…

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RPEA Seeks NYSHIP Medicare Equity

  • May 8, 2017

Following up on our successful inquiry last year which led to the Department of Civil Service reversing the improper practice of UnitedHealthcare by which they were denying Empire Plan benefits to Medicare eligible retirees for certain covered Durable Medical Equipment,…

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State Budget Adopted…NYSHIP Cuts Rejected

  • April 12, 2017

On Sunday, the Senate re-convened in Albany to pass the final portion of the state budget, which the Assembly had passed on Saturday. We are pleased to report that the budget does NOT include the cuts in Medicare reimbursement and…

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