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  • PFRSNJ Board Passes Two DOI Resolutions For Asset Transfer

    The Investment Committee met in late March to review Division of Investment (DOI) performance and assess three potential investments which were being presented to the State Investment Council. At the April Board Meeting, the Board passed two resolutions; One resolution directed the DOI to formalize the asset transfer into dedicated PFRS Accounts, and the other resolution authorizes the DOI to invest system assets in accordance with the prior approved asset allocation plan. These are both very significant resolutions as the Board is preparing to formalize the asset transfer process, which has been in the works for many months.


  • Governor Murphy Signs “20 and Out”, Election Season Draws Closer

    Spring has sprung, and after what may have been the worst year any of us has ever seen, there are many reasons that the remainder of 2021 and beyond will be better times. COVID related illnesses are decreasing, businesses are reopening, and warmer weather is finally here.

    The NJ FMBA Legislative Committee is pleased to announce that the Governor has signed 20 and Out bill for New Jersey Firefighters and Police Officers. This retirement option for PFRS members is long overdue, and has been a legislative priority. The Coronavirus pandemic has added an enormous layer of danger to a profession that routinely encounters physical trauma, air and blood borne pathogens, myriad carcinogens, and many potential bacterial and viral sicknesses. 

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  • published Restoring COLA Responsibly in News 2021-05-13 08:36:12 -0400

    Restoring COLA Responsibly

    I realize the return of cost-of-living adjustments to our retirement allowance is of great importance to all members of the PFRSNJ system.  For those that have been retired for many years, the impact is even greater.  

    Before one looks at how to fix it, let’s make sure we have the facts.  First, the new pension board was not the one to suspend COLA, that was done under the Christie administration.  

    In fact, the NJ FMBA fought vehemently against Chapter 78 and the suspension of COLA.  To sum up the lawsuit, the Supreme Court ruled - we have a non-forfeitable right to a pension but do not have that same non-forfeitable right to fund the pension.  Crazy, right?!  We can discuss that in another article!  This was one of the main reasons the NJ FMBA, with the NJSPBA, fought to pass monumental pension legislation to take back the control and governance of our pension and give us the ability to address COLA restoration.

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  • Too Strong for Too Long Virtual Support Group to Launch on May 11th

    The past year has been trying for NJ FMBA members and their families. Penn Medicine Princeton House First Responder Treatment team will host a confidential virtual support group beginning on or about April 20 called “Too Strong for Too Long.” At the end of the six-week group, we’ll launch a virtual group for family members designed to address issues and concerns that specifically affect your families. Our intention is to provide a confidential setting that will be open to questions and specific topics relevant to the work you do.

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  • published Too Strong for Too Long in Members 2021-05-05 10:05:42 -0400

  • published Perceived Health Risks Amongst Firefighters in News 2021-04-21 11:05:38 -0400

    Perceived Health Risks Amongst Firefighters

    A few years back, members of the NJ FMBA participated in survey regarding perceived health risks of firefighters. The survey was conducted by Iris Udasin, MD and the Rutgers Environmental Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

    The data collected from the survey was analyzed to determine if firefighters’ perceived health risks and the actual risk of chronic disease in firefighters were aligned. Dr. Udasin and colleagues produced an article to address the results. The article was published in the April 2021 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

     

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  • Recreational Marijuana Bill Creates New Challenges for Public Safety Unions

    The New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Amendment (S2703/A4497) amends the state constitution to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. It also legalizes the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail cannabis. The constitutional amendment took effect on January 1, 2021

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  • published Murphy commits full pension payment in News 2021-04-06 11:18:34 -0400

    Murphy commits full pension payment

    Governor Murphy, in his 2021 budget address, committed a full payment into the State’s pension system. This will be the first full contribution since 1996. The Governor’s original plan had a 90% contribution planned for this year, with the first 100% contribution pegged for 2023. 


  • PFRSNJ Board moves closer to transfer of fund assets

    The Board approved the final steps to adopt the regulations, a groundbreaking achievement in setting the course for the transfer of fund assets and independent control over by the PFRS Board. Senior Board leadership and management are in ongoing discussions with the Governor’s office regarding the next steps of the asset transfer. The Board’s regulatory attention will now shift towards administrative regulations and the proposed modifications to the break-in-service rules. 


  • published "20 and Out" Bill Awaits Governor Murphy in News 2021-04-06 11:15:28 -0400

    "20 and Out" Bill Awaits Governor Murphy's Signature (S1017)

    The “20-and-out” Bill, S1017, has passed both legislative Chambers and now is with the Governor’s Office for approval. The main implication of this bill is that members who have 20 years or more of service can retire on a 50% Service Retirement benefit at any age. Previously, the last piece of legislation which granted this benefit required that the member be enrolled by January of 2000 in order to retire at any age with 20 years of service. For members enrolled after that date, retirement was still available after 20 years however benefit payments would not start until the member attained the age of 55 years. This bill has no effect on the Special Retirement for members retiring with 25 or more years of service. 


  • Services for Irvington Local 14 FF Recruit Victor Melillo

    The escort of Irvington Local 14 Recruit Victor Melillo from Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 1330 hours. Uniform will be Class A.

    Services will be held Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 1400 to 1800 hours at SW Brown Funeral Home, 267 Centre Street, Nutley. Uniform will be Class A.

    Funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 22, 2021 at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Avenue, Nutley at 1030 hours. Uniform will be Class A. 


  • published NJ FMBA Foundation Golf Classic in Events 2021-03-09 13:30:03 -0500

  • published NJ FMBA Bulletin in News 2021-01-26 21:03:53 -0500

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  • published CSC to resume promotional testing in News 2021-01-26 20:57:47 -0500

    CSC to resume promotional testing

    The efforts of the NJ FMBA and persistence displayed by the NJ FMBA Civil Service Liaison, Kevin Beyrouty, has resulted in a favorable response regarding the resumption of CSC testing status.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Fire from the Division of Fire Safety

    A message from the NJ State Fire Marshal's Office and the Division of Fire Safety...

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  • published December Bulletin 2020 2021-01-11 15:37:31 -0500

  • American Dream hosts First Responder Appreciation Week

    The American Dream is hosting a First Responders Appreciation Week from January 10th-16th, 2021. For information on Discount Codes see more ....

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  • published NJ FMBA Valor Awards in Events 2021-01-04 10:45:48 -0500

    Valor Awards

     

    The New Jersey State FMBA proudly hosts an annual awards presentation in April to recognize members of the organization who have gone beyond the overall call of duty in their communities to earn the title of “hero”. In addition, we also recognize several other Service Award recipients. These include a Humanitarian Award, the George Steele Award for Media, named after past NJ FMBA Secretary George Steele, The Mark Virag Brotherhood Award winner, named for past NJ FMBA  Sergeant at Arms Mark Virag, and the Scott Garber Service Award, named for past NJ FMBA Trustee Chairman Scott Garber. The applications are reviewed by a panel of NJ FMBA members and Corporate Sponsors to determine the recipients. 

    The NJ FMBA Valor Awards Dinner will be held on April 23rd, 2021 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ

    2021 Valor Award Recipients

    GOLD MEDAL OF VALOR

    Paterson Local 202

    Battalion Chief Kenneth Kiefer

     

    SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR

    Madison Local 74

    Firefighter Bruce Barrios

    Firefighter Sean Norek

     

    BRONZE MEDAL OF VALOR

    Elizabeth Locals 9 and 209

    Firefighter Edward Fox

    Firefighter Jeffrey Cort

    Firefighter Christopher Barry

    Firefighter Cesario Rebelo

    Captain Nicholas Sisk

     

     

    EMS MEDAL OF DISTINCTION

    Teaneck Locals 42 and 242

      Firefighter Joseph DiMauro Lieutenant Kevin McCall

     

    LIFESAVING

    Elizabeth Local 9

    Firefighter Greg Kaasmann

     

    SCOTT GARBER SERVICE AWARD

    Local 500

    Mary Jane Delvalle

     

    CAPTAIN MARK VIRAG BROTHERHOOD AWARD

    South Orange Local 240

    Michael Commins

     

    HUMANITARIAN

    Dr Nasar Qureshi

    Ms Debbie Pacyna

    QDx Pathology

    Sponsored by Cranford Locals 37 and 237

     

    CIVILIAN

    Brian Hawkins

    Sponsored by Trenton Locals 6 and 206

     

    Patrick Macnab

    Sponsored by Elizabeth Locals 9 and 209

     

    GROUP EFFORT FIRE

    Atlantic City Local 8

    Firefighter Victor Garafolo

    Firefighter Michael Giecryk

    Firefighter Andrew Lubaczewski

    Firefighter Michael McCabe

    Firefighter Amr Mahmoud

    Firefighter Patrick McDevitt

    Firefighter Andrew Kyle

    Firefighter Brian Koury

    Firefighter Derick Williams

    Captain Timothy Kuras

    Captain Gino Basso

    Captain Joshua Crowley

    Acting Captain Andrew Doorley

     

    GROUP EFFORT NON FIRE

    Lakewood Locals 80, 280 and 380

    Firefighter Jeremy Reyes

    Firefighter Patrick Ortiz

    Firefighter Steven Seiffert

    Firefighter Travis Veth

    Firefighter Christopher Hanson

    Captain Todd Stark

    EMT Jose Ortiz

    Chief Jonathan Yahr

     

    LOCAL OF THE YEAR

    Atlantic City Local 8

     

     

    NATURAL DISASTER GOLD MEDAL OF VALOR

    Elizabeth Local 9

    Acting Captain Kyle Hazko

    Firefighter Jamellion Chen

     

    NATURAL DISASTER SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR

    Trenton Locals 6 and 206

    Firefighter Christopher Fields

    Firefighter Brendan Gurry

    Firefighter Kenneth Walters

    Firefighter Gavril Hancs

    Firefighter Daniel Mandez

    Firefighter Jose Santos

    Firefighter Raymond Delgado

    Firefighter Jamaar Acosta

    Firefighter Marquis Santiago

    Captain Wayne Wolk

    Captain Stephen Muni

    Captain Vincent Przemeiniecki

    Battalion Chief Augustine Tackas

    Deputy Chief Anthony Moran

     

    NATURAL DISASTER BRONZE MEDAL OF VALOR

    Trenton Locals 6 and 206

    Firefighter Christopher Fields

    Firefighter Brendan Gurry

    Firefighter Kenneth Walters

    Firefighter Gavril Hancs

    Captain Wayne Wolk

    Battalion Chief Augustine Tackas

     

    NATURAL DISASTER GROUP NON FIRE

    Passaic Locals 13 and 213

    Firefighter Matthew Giordano

    Firefighter Robert Policht

    Firefighter Justin Rivera

    Firefighter Branden Morales

    Firefighter Michael Zagorski

    Firefighter Daniel Ramirez

    Firefighter Ross Capuana

    Firefighter Jonathan Pearson

    Firefighter Omar Montanez

    Firefighter Robert Bonner

    Firefighter John Tuohy

    Firefighter Alvin Mann

    Firefighter Ruperto Alfaro

    Firefighter Mahmod Suleiman

    Firefighter Barbara Dellacruz

    Firefighter Angel Rios

    Lieutenant Francisco Perez

    Lieutenant Ernie Rodriguez

    Lieutenant Steven Nienstedt

    Captain Guillermo Hernandez



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