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Challenge Coin Capital District FOP Captial District FOP Challenge Coins Available
We have received another supply of Capital District FOP Challenge Coins.

These will be available for a donation of ten dollars each or three packs are twenty five dollars if picked up at our monthly Lodge Meetings. Members can order these coins by mail - please see the details in your member email. These die struck coins are soft enamel with raised gold plating and have three dimensional imagery. President Gibbons designed our coin with assistance from N.G. Slater Company in New York. This company has provided Challenge Coins since 1936 and produces an excellent quality product.

Bryant Kolner - President <br> Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations of New York Bryant Kolner - President Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations of New York
Capital District FOP Lodge member Bryant Kolner retired from the Amsterdam PD in 2007. Ever since he has been interested in protecting the interests of Public Employees. He was the guest at our Lodge meeting on Wednesday April 5, 2017. Bryant credits former Comptroller H. Carl McCall as a leader who was always looking out for the interests of Retired Public Employees. It was Comptroller McCall who instituted the Cost of Living or COLA for retirees. Bryant works closely with current Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who has proven to be a friend to law enforcement and public employee retirees. Comptroller DiNapoli spoke at the NY State FOP Conference in Albany in October (scroll down for more info) and spoke at the March 2017 monthly meeting ot the Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations of New York which was also attended by Lodge President Thomas Gibbons. The message is clear. Retirees need to be vigilant to protect our Pension Fund. The fund, which is actually many different funds for public employees who have worked for state and local governments - currently has a sole Trustee - the NY State Comptroller. It is healthy - capable of paying benefits to retirees, which is a problem with some other pension funds. There is continuous pressure to raid the fund to use the money to fund various government operations and to take Control away from the Comptroller. This would require an Amendment to the NYS Constitution and a Constitutional Convention has been discussed. Kolner and the Alliance are strong advocates against the use of such a convention to change control of the fund. Many of his programs benefit all employees. The Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations of New York is the largest organized group of retiree organizations in New York. Their office is at the University Club at 141 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12201. Bryant may also be contacted by email at BMK51@aol.com

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  • Active FOP members and Auxiliary members in good standing and their spouses, children, stepchildren, dependents and grandchildren are eligible
  • Students must file the FAFSA - but even if it is determined that the student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid, or employer grants or tuition reimbursement benefits, a last dollar scholarship will be applied to any remaining balance for tuition and fees. The cost of the books is included in the fees, so students will have no costs other than equipment (computers, software, etc.)
  • Your Police Academy Training may qualify for credit
  • The AAS Degree can be completed online - and is awarded by Eastern Gateway Community College, a part of the University System of Ohio. EGCC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and governed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Therefore, credits earned at EGCC can be transferred to other institutions around the country
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Reminder - Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple sponsors HR218 Annual Certification Program


Albany County Sheriff
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple asked us to remind Lodge Members and Law Enforcement that his Office offers an Annual Certification Program which is an excellent service to Law Enforcement. The program is provided by Sheriff Apple
- In recognition of their many years of service
  Sheriff Apple wants no charge to retired
  Law Enforcement (you bring your own ammunition)
- "Credit Card" style certification card issued
- Database available 24-7 through dispatchers
- Sheriff has acquired land for new range
- For more information
  ContactSheriff@AlbanyCounty.com
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple

Capital District FOP Lodge 14 of the New York State Fraternal Order of Police conducted our 2017 Food Drive for the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, NY on February 1, 2017, Reverend Perry Jones, Director with Lodge President Tom Gibbons from the Capital City Facebook Page Capital District FOP Albany Lodge Annual Food Drive

The Capital District FOP held our annual food drive for the Capital City Rescue Mission on February 1, 2017. Reverend Perry Jones who has been Executive Director at the mission for more than 34 years was at our meeting to collect donations of food and and checks. Each February Sergeant at Arms Jeffrey Vunck leads our Food Drive. This time of year area food banks are depleted after the holiday demand and a slowdown in donations.

The Capital City Rescue Mission is located at 259 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202. Their phone number is (518) 462-0459. Reverend Jones has long provided resources to those who have no where else to go. He is well known by members of Law Enforcement and he and his staff are there when we have asked for his help especially in the middle of the night where there is no place to go. Reverend Jones invites law enforcement to stop in and see the operation, Their website is at: www.capitalcityrescuemission.com. The latest project is to convert a second warehouse to a New Home for Women where the New Faith Program for women and children will be moved.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Capital District FOP Lodge President Tom Gibbons at our January 2017 meeting.
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy stopped by our January 2017 meeting and we had a good discussion of Law Enforcement issues, what is happening in Albany County and future plans. County Executive Dan McCoy and Capital District FOP Lodge President Tom Gibbons were both members of the Albany Fire Department at one time. Check out the Albany County website at www.albanycounty.com

New York State Fraternal Order of Police 2016 Biennial Conference with NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli as keynote speaker, hosted by the Town of Colonie and Lodge 14 Capital District Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14 Albany October 16 and 17, 2016
The New York State Fraternal Order of Police 2016 Biennial Statewide Conference featured NYS Comptroller Honorable Thomas P. DiNapoli as keynote speaker, was hosted by the Town of Colonie, Chief Jonathan Teale, Paula Mahan Supervisor and the Colonie Police Department Honor Guard, and The Capital District Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, Thomas Gibbons President. The National Anthem was sung by Albany County Sheriff Deputy Victoria Taylor and Invocation by the Reverend Neil Longe Montgomery County Sheriff Chaplain. The Convention was held at the Wolf Road Marriott in Albany on October 16 and 17, 2016. Photography by FOP Photographer John Dillon - www.JRDphotog.com     - Click for More Pictures from the Conference
FOP Member and Radio Personality Melody Burns led our Lodge in gathering and preparing cards for the Troops in 2015 and again this year at the November 2, 2016 meeting. The Veterans Miracle Center VMC Albany NY Melody Burns Director of Operations
           RADIO PERSONALITY MELODY BURNS WAS OUR GUEST AT OUR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2016 MONTHLY MEETING

FOP Member and Radio Personality Melody Burns spoke to our November 2016 Lodge meeting where our brought Christmas Cards for the Troops. In addition to Christmas Cards for the Troops, Melody is a strong supporter of the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany - www.vmcalbany.org. The VMC is at 10 Interstate Avenue. Their phone number is 518.486.8398 and their email is Info@VMCAlbany.org. The Veterans Miracle Center mission is to offer veterans and active-duty military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives, including providing clothing, personal care and hygiene products, houseware items, ambulatory equipment, toys for their children and much more -- as well as specialists available in counseling for personal needs, jobs, housing or financing. All goods and services are available free-of-charge to veterans and their immediate household. Melody's Radio Program is on Talk 1300 Radio - www.talk1300.com from Monday - Friday at 11AM to 1 PM and her website is at www.melodyburns.com. We appreciate all that Melody does!


Police Chief Brendan Cox Retired
Click to read - from the Albany Times Union December 16, 2016

City of Albany Police Chief Brendan J. Cox speaks to Capital District Fraternal Order of Police monthly meeting Wednesday September 2, 2015
Albany Police Department Chief Brendan Cox, who has 22 years on the police force, is leaving for a job with Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, a national program aimed at reducing low-level arrests, racial disparities and recidivism. On Wednesday September 2, 2015 Chief Brendan J. Cox was our guest at the monthly meeting of the Capital District Fraternal Order of Police. Chief Cox started his career with the Albany Police Department in February of 1994. He was promoted to Sergeant in April of 1997 and eventually served as a Detective Sergeant in the Children and Family Services Unit. In March of 2004 he was promoted to Lieutenant and after serving a short time in charge of the APD Special Operations Unit returned as the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the Children and Family Services Unit.

In November of 2006 he was promoted to Commander and oversaw the Detective Division. In June of 2008 he was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of Operations.

In October 2013 he was promoted to Deputy Chief. In March 2015 he was appointed Acting Chief of Police and on June 17, 2015, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan appointed Brendan J. Cox to serve as Chief of Police. Chief Cox has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College. He and his wife Ann have two children,



NYS FOP Zone Vice President William Woodworth NYS FOP Zone Vice President William Woodworth covers upstate from Buffalo to Plattsburgh to Albany to Syracuse to Bignhamton and points in between,  Bill was reelected at the Biennial Conference. FOP Historian Bill Murphy NYS FOP Zone Vice President William Woodworth is based in Oswego/Central New York and spends many days on the road each year supporting upstate FOP Lodges, covering upstate from Buffalo to Plattsburgh to Albany to Syracuse to Bignhamton and points in between, Bill was reelected at the Biennial Conference. Bill Woodworth and Capital District FOP historian Bill Murphy - photo far right - led a very interesting discussion on the history of the FOP - now one hundred years old - including approximately 73 FOP Lodges which served the precincts of the NYPD at a meeting in March 2016.

Citizens Lobbying Against the Scourge of Heroin Heroin Kills Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple with FOP Member Patty Farrell  holding Laree's Law shirt        CLICK HERE TO GO TO http://CLASH.LIFE

Laree A. Farrell-Lincoln died of a heroin overdose on March 16, 2013 - days before her 19th birthday. Her mother, Patty Farrell, FOP Member and Retired Albany Police Officer was completely devastated by the loss of her beautiful daughter. Losing Laree has motivated her to search for ways to stop the scourge of heroin. One way to do this is to work with the Legislature to have new laws created.

There is a growing heroin and opiate epidemic that is devastating our families and communities. There have been uncountable deaths in all areas of New York State. There is no one action to reverse this trend. We need improved/longer treatment facilities, enhanced awareness, insurance responsibility, after care programs, and new tools for law enforcement as they seek to address the distribution of heroin. Enhanced penalties for those who deal and sell drugs is a critical piece of the puzzle to not only act as a deterrent but to provide law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools to remove these predators from the devastating cycle that is killing people across New York State.

Patty Farrell is shown at right with Albany County and FOP member Sheriff Craig Apple. You may have seen Patty on televised spots with Senator George Amedore (R, C, IP - 46th Senate District) who is working very hard on this issue. If you reside in New York State you can help by letting your Legislators know that you are a supporter. You can get more information including finding out who your Representatives are and email them now. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO http://CLASH.LIFE and learn more.


New York State Senator George Amedore, Jr. -   R,C,IP  46th Senate District and New York State Capital District FOP Lodge President Thomas Gibbons January 6, 2016. New York State Senator George Amedore, Jr. -   R,C,IP  46th Senate District was our guest at the Wednesday January 6, 2016 monthly meeting. SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE, JR. (R,C,IP 46th SENATE DISTRICT) WAS OUR GUEST AT OUR WEDNESDAY JANUARY 6, 2016 MONTHLY MEETING

Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. was first elected to the New York State Senate on November 4, 2014. He represents the 46th District, which consists of all of Montgomery and Greene Counties, and portions of Schenectady, Albany, and Ulster Counties. Senator Amedore serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and as co-Chair of the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senator Amedore is a member of the following Senate Standing Committees: Banks; Consumer Protection; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Elections; Judiciary; Social Services; and Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs. He also co-Chairs the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development and is a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases. Prior to being elected to the Senate, he served as the Assemblyman for the 105th Assembly District, covering Montgomery and Schenectady Counties. He was first elected in a special election on July 31, 2007; and was re-elected in 2008 and 2010.

Senator Amedore presented an excellent discussion on many issues of interest to FOP members and law enforcement including his plans for the 2016 Legislative Session. We appreciate the time that Senator Amedore gave to the FOP and appreciate his support of Capital District and all of Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Support organizations. Senator Amedore's NY State Senate website is at https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/george-amedore-jr


FATHER JAMES LEFEBVRE - A LIFE OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

A Celebration of his many years of unwavering service to the Law Enforcement Community including 53 years as Albany Police Department Chaplain, 17 years as FBI Chaplain, Chaplain of the Northeast Chielfs of Police and over 20 years as FOP Chaplian. This celebration was organized by Blue Friday of New York and included presentations from many of the organizations which Father Lefebvre served and the Albany Police Pipe and Drum Corps. Photography by FOP Photographer John Dillon - www.JRDphotog.com - Click here for more pictures

Photos of a LIfe of Service to the Community - a Celebration of Father James Lefebvre's many years of unwavering service to the Law Enforcement Community as seen through the lense of FOP Photographer John Dillon at www.jrdphotog.com


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Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider addresses the October 2014 Capital District FOP Meeing. Chief Heider retired last year after 42 and a half years of service with the Colonie Police Department.



Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple
sponsors HR218 Certification Program


Albany County Sheriff

- In recognition of their many years of service
  Sheriff Apple wants no charge to retired
  Law Enforcement (you bring your own ammunition)
- "Credit Card" style certification card issued
- Database available 24-7 through dispatchers
- Sheriff has acquired land for new range
- For more information
  ContactSheriff@AlbanyCounty.com
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The Capital District Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14 serves eastern upstate New York and western Massachusetts. Meetings are held monthly except July and August at the Joseph Zaloga Post located at 4 Everett Rd. Ext (just off of I-90 - across from the Sunoco MiniMart) in the Town of Colonie. The next meeting is Wednesday November 1, 2017. Our Guest will be Talk 1300 Radio Host and FOP Member Melody Burns. We will do our annual Christmas Cards for Service Personnel who are serving overseas and Melody will update us on Veterans Programs. Meetings are called to Order at 7:30 PM with a pre meeting social hour at 7:00 PM. All Law Enforcement, First Responders and Public Safety Support Personnel are welcome. For more information, email info@fopalbany.com.

Heroes Behind the Badge

The Heroes Behind The Badge film was screened at the Spectrum 8 Theater on Delaware Avenue in Albany on Wednesday January 29, 2014. The Capital District screening of the film was made possible with the generous support of the Albany Police Officers Union and the Albany Police Supervisors Association and Rosen's Uniforms at 230 Central Avenue in Albany. The film is available on DVD and Full HD Blu-ray. (Click here) from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Store. A second film may be in the works - we will let you know when we hear.



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The Capital District Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14 serves eastern upstate New York and western Massachusetts. Capital District FOP Meetings are held monthly except for July and August at the Joseph Zaloga Post located at 4 Everett Rd. Ext (just off of I-90) in the Town of Colonie, County of Albany. Meetings are Called to Order at 7:30 PM with a pre meeting social hour at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Join our mailing list (email us at info@fopalbany.com) for more information and meeting announcements.



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