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The Chief
Labor Leaders
Less Than Truthful



09/13/2023

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Nearly three dozen former city labor officials are disputing current union leaders’ contention that pending City Council legislation that would keep municipal retirees’ existing health benefits is illegal.

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NY Daily News Opinion
by Gary Altman 





08/20/2023

We want to thank Gary Altman for sharing the history of the City Council. A legacy of Peter Vallone and Mary Pinkett who BOTH championed protections of the Retirees over DECADES, because they knew the Council WAS their protection.
 

When they say history repeats itself, so you better be looking, they weren't kidding.

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Work-Bites
NYCRETIREES Go To Washington




07/27/2023

D.C. Welcomes NYC Retirees as Heroes in the Fight to Save Medicare

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Medicare DisAdvantage For City Government Retirees



07/22/2023

Medical insurance issues are now making NYC Government retirees sick!

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Laor Day Parade Showdown!



09/11/2023

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Keeping a Close Tally




09/08/2023

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It’s Really a Betrayal!




08/29/2023

NYC Labor Day Parade Showdown: Retirees Challenge Union Leaders on Medicare Advantage Push

35 Retired Union Leaders Defend NYC Bill to Protect Medicare 

NYC Mayor Touts Civil Service Jobs While Retirees Are Left on the Sidewalk…

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Amsterdam News
Councilman Barron



7/13/2023

Barron, city retirees temporarily win big in legal battle over Medicare coverage

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RPEA
Applauds Court Ruling



07/14/2023

RPEA - Retired Public Employees Association applauds our Win!

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AARP
Applauds Court Ruling



07/07/2023

AARP NY Applauds Court Ruling Blocking Cuts to NYC Retirees’ Health Benefits Days Before Crucial Deadline

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The Labor Network
Breaking News



07/07/2023

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NY Daily News
Judge Blocks Adams 



07/07/2023

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Gothamist
Judge Blocks Medicare Advantage 


07/07/2023

BREAKING NEWS - Labor This Week with Marianne Pizzitola

Judge temporarily blocks Mayor Adams from switching NYC retirees to Medicare Advantage

Judge blocks Medicare Advantage switch for 250K NYC retirees, days before crucial deadline

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NY 1
Inside City Hall



06/29/2023

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Labor Boss Threatens! 



06/22/2023

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CRAIN'S
Sue City Hall 



05/31/2023

Marianne Pizzitola & Jake Gardener on NY1 Interview with Errol Lewis

NYC labor boss threatens to pull endorsements for Council members 

Municipal retirees sue city over Medicare Advantage switch

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NYC Retirees Sue
City Hall
 



05/31/2023

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A group of retired city workers are suing Mayor Adams in a bid to block his administration’s latest attempt to shift them into a privatized version of Medicare

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Co-Pay Appellate Decision
 


05/26/2023

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Labor Press
‘Rally' 


04/13/2023

Retirees secure another Appellate Victory - On Co-Pays

Despite resistance, municipal retirees continue to push Council to halt healthcare shift 

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The Brian Lehrer Show
‘Marianne's Interview' 


03/23/2023

Our own Wonder Woman on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC radio

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The NY Daily News
‘Mayor Kills MA Option' 



03/23/2023

Mayor Adams kills Medicare Advantage option that’d let NYC retirees stay on traditional coverage: ‘We do not intend to offer this’


The City
‘Teachers Buck Mulgrew' 



03/21/2023

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Teachers Buck Mulgrew, Petition for Referendum Vote On Medicare Advantage

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The NY Daily News
‘Loophole?' 



03/21/2023

NYC retirees opposed to Medicare Advantage eye loophole that could let
them keep traditional coverage


The Chief
‘Investigate Medicare
Contract' 


03/14/2023

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A Letter to the Brad Lander, City Comptroller


CRAIN'S
‘The MLC Votes' 



03/13/2023

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Article in Crain's re: the MLC Vote.

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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022


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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022

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‘Bamboozled’ 



01/15/2023

Retirees to NYC Council Members: Do Not Be ‘Bamboozled’ By Medicare Advantage

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Amsterdam News
"Shouldn't Cut Retirees Health Care"


01/12/2023

City and Municipal Labor Committee shouldn’t cut retirees’ health care

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The Jewish Voice
"Strong Pushback"



01/10/2023

Retired NYC Employees Offer Strong Pushback on Health Care Issue at City Hall

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FDNY Retirees... 



01/11/2023

‘It’s A Disgrace What The City Is Doing To Us’

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The Chief
Retiree's' Medicare Fight Has Council Ally!


12/28/2022

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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022

Vows to press the fight against Medicare Advantage

Gale Brewer is first to publicly address issue in detail

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‘Retirees Sold Out! 



03/14/2023

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A Letter to the Editor

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The City
‘Losing Patience’ 



01/27/2023

City Workers Losing Patience With Slow Crawl to Union Contracts

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‘A Tremendous Victory’ 



01/20/2023

NYC Council Members refuse to change code safeguarding retiree healthcare.

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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022


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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022

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‘Bamboozled’ 



01/15/2023

Retirees to NYC Council Members: Do Not Be ‘Bamboozled’ By Medicare Advantage

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Amsterdam News
"Shouldn't Cut Retirees Health Care"


01/12/2023

City and Municipal Labor Committee shouldn’t cut retirees’ health care

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The Jewish Voice
"Strong Pushback"



01/10/2023

Retired NYC Employees Offer Strong Pushback on Health Care Issue at City Hall

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FDNY Retirees... 



01/11/2023

‘It’s A Disgrace What The City Is Doing To Us’

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The Chief
Retiree's' Medicare Fight Has Council Ally!


12/28/2022

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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022

Vows to press the fight against Medicare Advantage

Gale Brewer is first to publicly address issue in detail

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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022


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Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022

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‘Bamboozled’ 



01/15/2023

Retirees to NYC Council Members: Do Not Be ‘Bamboozled’ By Medicare Advantage

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Amsterdam News
"Shouldn't Cut Retirees Health Care"


01/12/2023

City and Municipal Labor Committee shouldn’t cut retirees’ health care

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The Jewish Voice
"Strong Pushback"



01/10/2023

Retired NYC Employees Offer Strong Pushback on Health Care Issue at City Hall

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Work-Bites
FDNY Retirees... 



01/11/2023

‘It’s A Disgrace What The City Is Doing To Us’

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The Chief
Retiree's' Medicare Fight Has Council Ally!


12/28/2022

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Work-Bites
Marianne Dismisses
Arbitrator's Filing


12/20/2022

Vows to press the fight against Medicare Advantage

Gale Brewer is first to publicly address issue in detail

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Daily News
NYC Wins Key Ruling


12/15/2022

Adams’ administration won a key ruling Thursday in its efforts to move thousands of retired NYC municipal workers into a highly controversial privatized Medicare Advantage plan

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Unions are supposed to protect retired labor. Sadly, those days are over

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The Chief
Appeals Court
Backs Retirees

11/22/2022

Council support for administration's plan uncertain


NY Focus
NYC Has 25 Days
to Settle Retiree's Switch

12/15/2022

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NYC Wins Key Ruling


12/15/2022

Adams’ administration won a key ruling Thursday in its efforts to move thousands of retired NYC municipal workers into a highly controversial privatized Medicare Advantage plan

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Appeals Court
Backs Retirees

11/22/2022

Council support for administration's plan uncertain


NY Focus
NYC Has 25 Days
to Settle Retiree's Switch

12/15/2022

Unions are supposed to protect retired labor. Sadly, those days are over

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NYC Loses Appeal in
Court Battle

11/22/2022

Mayor Adams’ administration suffered another setback Tuesday in its effort to shift retired city workers into a privatized Medicare plan

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Crain's
City Must Pay!


11/22/2022

City must pay entire cost of municipal retirees’ supplemental health plans: ruling

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STAT
Replace the Failure of Medicare Advantage

11/15/2022

Article by Steve Cohen: Replace the failure of Medicare Advantage with ‘Medicare Part F’

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“I’m a lady — I would love to sit across the table from the three of them and start to negotiate some of this sh*t out,” Marianne Pizzitola

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The City
Adams Issues Ultimatum!

11/01/2022

City Council must enable budget-cutting new health insurance options for retirees, warns Eric Adams’ chief labor negotiator — or City Hall will eliminate existing insurance plans.

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The city’s Office of Labor Relations said it will have to enroll retired city workers in the Medicare Advantage health plan and get rid of other plan options if the City Council does not change the administrative code to make way for the privatized plan.

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The Riverdale Press
Mulgrew

11/04/2022

UFT head: Court ruling wipes out ‘bargaining power’

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Op Ed
Our Attorney Steve Cohen

11/01/2022

"Save money on health care — but do it fairly"
 

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Hey, NYC, What’s the Price of a Promise?
09/24/2022

Opinion piece by
Marianne Pizzitola. 
Should tens of thousands of senior citizens and disabled first responders be subjected to insurance companies determining their fate as opposed to medical professionals who know them?

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The Chief
City Council to Have a Say in Medicare Standoff

09/14/2022

City Council will have key say on Medicare plan

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New York Focus
Medicare Standoff

08/10/2022

Threatens cuts to Current City Workers' Benefits

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ELEVANCE Stock Falls
07/20/2022

Elevance Health Inc. shares plunged the most in two years as its medical costs failed to decrease in line with rival UnitedHealth Group Inc., which reported sunnier results last week. 

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NYC Lies to the Judge
06/18/2022

Retirees accuse NYC of lying to judge in battle over health benefits

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Retirees Denied Care
04/28/2022

The threat of Med Plan Protest causes UFT Union Boss to abruptly cancel the event!

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Federal Report Findings
04/28/2022

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

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The Chief
Letter to the Editor

04/20/2022

Letter to the Editor of the Chief - "Keep Traditional Medicare City Workers Deserve No Less - Joseph Cambell"

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The City’s Plan Thwarted 
04/08/2022

The City’s plan to move 250,000 retired municipal workers from Medicare to an inferior, privately run plan has been thwarted for now.

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UFT Cancels Event
03/31/2022

The threat of Med Plan Protest causes UFT Union Boss to abruptly cancel the event!

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Statement from Comptroller Brad Lander on Medicare Advantage Plan Contract

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A Message to Adams
03/28/2022

More than 64K NYC retirees have rejected controversial Medicare plan favored by Mayor Adams

Comptroller Won't Sign
MAPP

03/30/2022

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Queens Chronical
Retirees Save $200

03/11/2022

More than 64K NYC retirees have rejected controversial Medicare plan favored by Mayor Adams

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Our Own Gene Iannuzzi
03/10/2022

Voice of the People: A plan to save money by sacrificing our health!

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Brad Says No!
03/08/2022

Comptroller Lander comes out against Mayor Adams’ new NYC retiree Medicare plan after court order. 

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Opinion: Steve Cohen
03/05/2022

Opinion piece from our Attorney, Steve Cohen:
Build a better health plan, Mayor

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Statement from RPEA
03/04/2022

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Labor Press
UFT Backs Off

03/04/2022

Statement from RPEA Executive Director Edward Farrell, Following Decision to Strike Down NYC’s Plan to Pull a Bait-And-Switch on Retirees

Judge Blocks City’s Bid to Slap Monthly Penalty on Retirees Opting Out of Medicare Advantage; UFT Backs Off on Supporting Switch

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We Won, We Won!
03/03/2022

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

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New York Focus
Celebrate Good TImes

03/03/2022

Retired NYC Workers Celebrate Medicare Switch Court Win

As printed in City Limits 12/17/2021. Medicare Advantage is a Disadvantage

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City Limits
Advantage/Disadvantage

02/24/2022

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MAPP Lays an Egg
02/23/2022

A jerry-rigged Medicare Advantage plan has yet to begin. But the show has been in previews, the word has gotten around, and the audience is heading for the exits.

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45,000 Opt-Out
02/15/2022

City Hall reports: More than 45,000 retired municipal workers have opted to keep their current Medicare coverage.

RPEA: Edward Farrell, Executive Director "The decision by Mayor Adams to support moving all retirees and their beneficiaries out of traditional Medicare is a breach of contract with people..."

Bait-n-Switch, Indeed
02/20/2022

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Feds Sue Anthem
02/13/2022

Retirees accuse NYC of lying to judge in battle over health benefits

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Push Back Against Mayor
02/09/2022

NYC retirees could be denied ‘medically necessary care’ under Medicare Advantage plan

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Good Plan on Paper?
02/09/2022

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

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Salvaging MAPP
02/07/2022

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

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Comptroller Brad Lander’s office pledged Thursday to “carefully” scrutinize the controversial Medicare plan...

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

Labor Press
Bait n Switch to Best?
02/08/2022

Comptroller Scrutinizing
02/03/2022

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Wonder Woman Radio
01/28/2022

Linda's interview with Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner on WVOX Radio

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The Tough Truth
01/26/2022

The tough truth about NYC’s Medicare Advantage plan.

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Nespoli's the 'Rump'
01/21/2022

Union boss trashes ‘rump’ retirees anxious over less robust Medicare plan.

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Mayor Adams
01/04/2022

*Subscription May Be Required*
Retirees renewed calls to Mayor Adams to block-health plan switch

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First Responder Widows
01/02/2022

Retiree Widows call for Mayor Adams to block health plan switch

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Queens Chronical
Debacle!

12/18/2021

New York City and its retirees are still at a stalemate over the proposed Medicare Advantage Plan, which was originally supposed to go into effect for the new year

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The Judge Rules

12/14/2021

Retired city employees will be able to opt out of their newly-privatized health insurance until June 30, the judge ruled

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New York Focus
NYC MIS-Information

12/09/2021

Hundreds of thousands of retired New York City employees received incorrect information from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration regarding a key provision of a new health plan

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Paper Shortage, Huh?
12/08/2021

Hundreds of thousands of retired New York City employees received incorrect information from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration regarding a key provision of a new health plan

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Decision on Adams
12/07/2021

Retiree health plan decision on Adams' plate

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Blocked!
11/30/2021

De Blasio blocked from rolling out controversial NYC retiree health plan this year, leaving issue up to Mayor-elect Adams

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Retirees Fght Back

11/11/2021

Retired City Workers Voice Opposition to New City Health Plan i