President’s Message, September 2005

It’s my sincere hope that you enjoyed the summer months with your family and friends. Now it’s time for our second half business.

First it is incumbent that we show support to our many brothers and sisters who have been fighting the terrible effects of Hurricane Katrina the last couple of weeks. The first victim we can relate are the family of slain (1970) Ptl. Michael Melchiona NYTPD who resides in Biloxi, Mississippi. They have lost everything (home, clothing, etc.). In order to assist the family Joe McGarry, President of FOP Lodge 317 has started an account for their benefit. Joe will see that your donations reach the family.

Checks may be sent to:

FOP Lodge 217 Relief Fund
Box 40
Bethpage, NY 11714.

I wish to extend my personal condolences to Todd Cardillo and his family on the passing of his mother Joyce (slain Ptl. Phil Cardillo’s wife) who died in her sleep on August 23rd. She never remarried, raised their three children on her own, and suffered silently.

Cards can be sent to:

Todd Cardillo
36 Pine Brook Drive
Palm Coast, FL 32164

Due to a communication breakdown Sgt Jack Sadousky, NYS Park Police was never advised that he was the recipient of June’s P/O of the Month Award, so we have presented this award to him at our September meeting in addition to our September award winner. Sorry for the mix-up.

The scholarship program under the guidance of Mike Villa is being modified, details will follow.

Don’t forget our upcoming Dinner/Dance, Saturday October 29th, a good time is promised to all who attend. The popular Children’s Holiday Party will be Sunday December 11th. Sean and Jenn are hard a t work making it a good time.

The NYPD is hiring police retirees as Associate Staff Analysts, a waiver isn’t needed, retirees may still collect their pension. For information call 646-610-4675.

Thanks to Joe Maccone, Inspector (Ret. NYPD) for his informative talk, many questions were asked and answered re: the pension system.

Longtime Shields Honorary Member Shelly Goldfeder is championing a cause to add the names of all the Police Officers who lost their lived on 9/11, to the Brookly Wall of Remembrance at Keyspan Park. Anyone who wants to aid this cause may visit
Brooklyn Wall.

Fraternally,
Richie