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President’s Message | December 2023

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful fall weather. As this time of year approaches I want to wish our members and their families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza and a Happy, Healthy New Year. I would like to remind you that the SBA Holiday Luncheon is being held at Russo’s on the Bay, on December 22, 2023 at 12:00PM, please look for our table set up in the main lobby.

We have started our 2024 Membership, if you have not paid your dues, please do so at your earliest convenience. Also the 50/50 raffles should also be sent in, if you need more tickets please contact us at (718) 605-0272 or by email at RSA@RSANYPD.ORG. Last year’s 1st Prize winner took home $10,400 and we issued three children and grandchildren of our members, $4600 each in scholarship monies. Winners of the 50/50 money prizes will be drawn at our Florida General Meeting. The 2024 Florida General meeting will be held on the West Coast at the Charlotte Harbor Conference Center on January 24, 2024 @ 12:00PM. The RSA board has secured an attractive rate of $179.00 plus breakfast, at the Four Points by Sheraton. I encourage you to BOOK NOW! We have SOLD OUT once again and room blocks were added, Please see the centerfold for more information.

The RSA board has been very busy this past fall, on 9/20/23 we held Narcan training in Elmsford, NY. On 9/27/23 we held our General Membership meeting in Mineola, NY, where the SBA Frontline team addressed the membership. Marianne Pizzitola, President of the NYC Organization of Public Retirees, updated us on the current law suits and the status of the Medicare Advantage Plan. All current health plans will remain in effect until further notice. Edward Scott, retired Sergeant and longtime member who is running for North Hempstead Town Council informed us on the importance of getting involved to change this negative political climate against Law Enforcement. On 10/3/2023 we held our first ever RSA Golf Outing at Peninsula Golf Club in Massapequa, NY. I would like to thank Trustee Jeanette Dice for organizing and running an event which was enjoyed by all. I would like to remind the membership, that this is your organization, please let me know if you have any ideas that will benefit the RSA.

As I’ve stated in the past, the membership is growing at a rapid pace of about 20% in the last 2 years, adding about 800 new members. We are currently working hard to improve our database. It is important that we have accurate emails and mailing addresses. Those who have chosen the option of a mailed Newsletter will continue to receive it via mail and in addition an electronic Newsletter will be sent; ensuring that the information is delivered to all our members. All this will help reduce the cost of the operations of the organization. I would like to thank all members for their generous donations which we receive throughout the year. There are too many to list.

Again, I like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already renewed their 2024 membership and those who are new members. We appreciate your support, and we are always looking forward to your input, suggestions, and feedback. Hope to see you at the SBA Holiday Luncheon and hope you can make it to the Florida meeting.


Robert Cotumaccio


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