NYCHS is honored to serve as the web archives for the back issues of the NYC Correction Captains Association's newsletter, the Captains' Quarterly. We started with the very first issue of the newsletter launched by Peter Meringolo shortly after becoming CCA president. This is the fourth issue. From each CCA newsletter posted here, NYCHS will select one or two representative articles to excerpt in standard HTML (web) format but will also make available the entire issue in free downloadable and printable Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). As to be expected in a union publication, some articles from these old newsletters reflect labor-management controversies of their day. The views expressed are those of their CCA authors and editors. CCA retains all rights under its newsletter copyright.
by Peter Meringolo
The CCA has fought hard to gain as much as possible for the family of Cap tain Stanley Rhem. You should be pleased to know that:
Help for the Rhem Family from CPOF
The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation has two principal goals. The first objective is to provide immediate financial assistance and support to the surviving spouse and family of a correctional peace officer killed in the line of duty.
All members of the CCA should know that this foundation was there for the family of Captain Rhem. It provided a much-needed service during very trying times. It is through an organization like this that our own are recognized and cared for. I have met some of the directors, staff, volunteers and area representatives, and every one of them embodies the words: "We need to care for our own." I met and talked to these people at Project 2000 III, and I am grateful to know these dedicated individuals are there for us.
While I hope and pray that this department never loses another member in the line of duty, it is inevitable that somenvhere around the country a correction officer will lose his or her life in the line of duty, and it will be at that time that the surviving families will need help, and receive help from C.P.O.F., which has aided nearly 20 families of correction officers that have suffered such a loss.
A very special thank you to C.P.O.F. for helping the Rhem family, and in particular to Charleene Corby, Jennifer Donaldson, Kristen Kasje, Barbara Buchfield and the Chairman, Glenn Mueller. It is people like this who make a difference. Anyone interested in learning more about C.P.O.F. can contact CCA for an application.
by George Aufiero
The E. R. U. training facility was officially designated the Captain Anthony Robles Training Center by Commissioner Catherine M. Abate at a dedication ceremony on June 4th.
Tony's wife, Captain Carmen Reyes, his son Anthony and other Robles family members were present at the ceremony, as were friends and co-workers both active and retired who came to pay tribute to Tony.
Tony was remembered in heartwarming stories told by the Reverend Joseph Deegan, Retired Warden, Assistant Deputy Warden Peter Panagi, and Correction Officer Raymond Lopez.
The dedication of the Captain Anthony Robles Training Center will ensure that Tony's memory will live on in the Correction Department, long after all of us who knew and loved him are gone.
Congratulations to the entire Hispanic Society for their well-deserved victory in persuading the City of New York to cover the offensive mural that was placed on the side wall of the Manhattan House of Detention.
This mural clearly depicted Hispanics in a setting that was demeaning. No other ethnic group in the mural was depicted in such a negative fashion.
The CCA was pleased to join with Captain Wigberto Norat and the Executive Board of the Hispanic Society in their endeavors to remove the mural. The CCA is sure that all the Hispanics in this department and throughout the city join in the celebration of this victory.
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