A message from PEF Retirees President Ray Ferraro
More change on the way
On October 3, I represented PEF
Retirees at a press conference held by state Comptroller
H. Carl McCall in Albany.
McCall is not willing to rest on the laurels of this
years landmark COLA legislation to automatically
boost state pensions yearly. He urged us to press for an
amendment to increase the 3 percent cap in the CPI
(Consumer Price Index) and the $18,000 cap in the new
At a September meeting of the American Federation of
Teachers Standing Committee of Retirees, congressional
staffer Bill Vaughn advised us to stay in touch with our
congressmen and senators on health issues, because many
changes could be coming soon in Social Security and
Medicare. Some changes would be advantageous; others
On October 5, Mike LaGatta was elected president of the
PEF Retirees Region 6 Chapter in Utica. I welcome and
thank him for taking on the responsibility of heading our
Region 6 chapter. The meeting was well attended and PEF
Regional Coordinator Mike DelPiano stopped in and
expressed his support and help for the PEF Retirees.
PEFs statewide Political Action Committee and its
Legislative Department will mail information to retirees
about endorsed political candidates.
Please read this information and learn as much as you can
about the candidates. And if you can, take the time to
serve on phone banks and help remind voters of the need
to go to the polls on November 7 to choose our elected
You will find a list of PEFs endorsed candidates in
the October issue of The Communicator. That list is
updated on page 3 of this issue. If you cannot go to the
polls on November 7, request an absentee ballot now and
return it by November 6.
LEADER New Utica Chapter President Mike LaGatta
talks with Syracuse Chapter President Jim Adsit.
Photo by Ken Dischel
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