CSA LI RETIREES WELCOMES YOU
"Retirement is a New Chapter"
The Long Island Regional Unit of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) Retiree Chapter is a flourishing organization, with well over 500 members.
Our Unit provides up-to-date information, social opportunities, and educational trips for its members several times each year.
General membership Meeting - Featured Speaker:
Time: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 @ 01:00 pm, Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 838 4428 3525
Renee Shulman, Unit Leader
Candice Scott, Assistant Unit Leader
Alan Lichtenstein, Treasurer
Ellen Mandel, Secretary
Meetings are held at the Plainview Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
Executive Board Meetings @ 12:30 pm:
Meetings will be held on Zoom
General Membership Meetings:
Meetings will be held on Zoom
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
Joyce E. Bush, Email:
INFORMATIONAL UPDATES & NEWSLETTERS
As per the CDC guidelines, the Governor announced today that all New Yorkers over the age of 65 are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. For your convenience, click here for general information on the city’s vaccination program, and click here to find vaccine sites in NYC. Please be aware, we have heard from members who have had technical difficulties with the registration process, and we have reached out to the city so that they can address these issues.
Vote By Mail – In New York State
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded absentee voting in order to minimize the number of people at polling sites for the safety of both voters and poll workers. Here’s what you need to know about remote voting in New York.
In order to vote by mail, voters must still fill out and submit an application to receive an absentee ballot.
To request an absentee ballot, you may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you are requesting an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot as follows:
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form. Upon completion, applications must be mailed, emailed or faxed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election
MEDICAL CARDS FROM EMBLEM HEALTH/GHI -- Effective July 1, 2020
Emblem Health at 212-501-4444, Blue Cross at 800-433-9592 and Express Scripts(Prescription Card) at 800-585-5786.
Health Insurance Transfer period (Open Enrollment) during the month of November effective January 1, 2021
Retirees can make changes to your health benefits once every two years. For changes to be made at other times of the year, a qualifying event must occur, such as a marriage, birth, adoption, etc., or once in a lifetime. During this window, retirees may make changes to your existing health care benefits, such as transfer into any city health plan for which you are eligible, add or drop the Optional Rider, or add or drop dependent(s).
Social Security Increase
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Oct. 13th that its annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 1.3 percent, an average boost to retirement benefits of about $20 (gross) per month for individuals starting in January 2021.
The Retiree Fund sent information concerning the Social Security Benefit letters required to claim IRMAA reimbursement from the City of New York. If you have not received your letter in the mail, you have two choices. One, you can call Social Security or visit a local office and request a copy; or, you can access the Message Center through your https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ Log in to your account, click on Message Center at the top. Click on "Your 2020 Medicare Premiums" to get a copy of the letter. Letters for previous years may be there - if they are, print the 2019 letter and save it for the IRMAA reimbursement. Please contact the Welfare Fund at 212-962-6061 should you need assistance on this or any other matter.
IRMAA reimbursements were direct deposited into eligible members bank accounts on Friday October 16th. The NYC Office of Labor Relations under reimbursed $318 for the member and if your spouse/partner was also due a reimbursement, that total was $318 X 2. (This is for members who have been on Medicare prior to 2016). We have been informed that payment will be made in November.
Suspended TDA RMD's for 2020:
The CARES Act has suspended Required Minimum Distributions for 2020 for defined-contribution plans like TRS' TDA Program. RMDs would normally be paid to certain retired members with TDA accounts and TDA Beneficiary (TDAB) members, but no distribution will be required in 2020. By early May, TRS will contact affected members by letter to explain the suspension and to communicate the amount that they would have been required to receive as an RMD; that amount is not eligible for direct rollover in 2020.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. on Zoom
Featured Speaker: Doug Hathaway
CSA Retiree Chapter Virtual Program
The CSA Retiree Chapter is continuing to offer the following virtual classes and lectures to CSA RC members at no charge. To register for any of the classes, email Retireeclasses@csa-nyc.org and list the classes you would like. Please include: the class or lecture's title, your name, your email and phone number. All times are 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST, unless otherwise noted.
"LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST"
No 2020 Dues: The CSA RC Executive Board voted that Units will not collect the annual $15.00 per year, as dues, to maintain membership in a Unit(s). If you have already paid, you will receive a credit for the following year.
Click below to download and print the application form to become a member of the Long Island Retiree Unit and/or Cultural and Educational Program Subsidy form
Membership dues must be paid to receive the CSA Cultural and Educational Subsidy
COUNCIL OF SCHOOL SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS
Mark Cannizzaro – President Henry Rubio – Executive Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair – First Vice President
Retiree Chapter Officers
Gayle Lockett, Retiree Chapter Chair
Joseph Rosenberg, Executive Vice Chair
John Oricchio, Second Vice Chair
Stanley Wilson, Treasurer
Janice Imundi, Secretary