Congrats on Retirement, Lt. Gary Warcholik and FF Ken Prior!


FMBA 21 would like to congratulate Lt. Gary Warcholik and FF Ken Prior for their years of service.

Good luck in your future endeavors!

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Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio



CFD Retirement Party – October 8, 2015

Date: October 8, 2015

Time: 7PM till 11PM

Location: The Valley Regency – 1129 Valley Road in Clifton


Price will be $50 for advanced ticket sales and $60 at the door.

Please make check payable to: Clifton FMBA 21

Platoon 2 is working, please make accommodations for swaps.

Contact the following members for more info and tickets:

  • Mike Turi- Ladder 3 Platoon 3

  • Brett Blake- Engine 1 Platoon 3

  • George Fen- Engine 5 Platoon 1

  • Jason McGurk- Ladder 3 Platoon 3



Retirement Dinner Oct 2015

FMBA 21 Coat Drive – October 2015

This year’s Coat Drive, organized by Clifton Fire – FMBA Local 21 Firefighters Union, will run the month of OCTOBER.

We utilize the six firehouses in Clifton as collection points for the Coat Drive.

Sign-A-Rama on VanHouten Avenue in Clifton donated the signs that we post outside of the firehouses.

Deluxe Cleaners on Main Avenue and Saveway Cleaners on Allwood Road in Clifton donate their laundering services before the coats are delivered to St. Peter’s Haven on Clifton Avenue in Clifton, and other charity organizations.

We also run a Toys for Tots drive in November/December and a Food Drive in May.

Thank you for your continued support.coat drive 2015

2015 Clifton Fire Department Pet Blanket Drive

2015 Blanket Drive Fllyer

NJ FMBA Fund Raising Hockey Game & NJ Devils Firefighter Night

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On Friday December 4th the NJ FMBA will be having a Fund Raising game at the Prudential Center. All the money raised will go towards the NJ FMBA PAC. See the flyer below for information on how to get your tickets.

This is a special night in that it is Firefighter Appreciation Night and all firefighters are invited to attend. The NJ FMBA will present the Colors before the game and one of our FMBA members will sing the National Anthem! We are looking for a talented FMBA member for this special song! Please call Bob Hill at the FMBA Office at 732-499-9250 if you have someone who can do this.

You can order your tickets by clicking on the link in the flyer or go to

The Promo Code is: NJFMBA

Tickets are 100 level -$55.10 and the 200 level -$50.77 each.

If you have any questions you can call Zach Johnston with the Devils at 973-757-6122 or at

We do not have any tickets in the State office!


New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association

1447 Campbell St, Rahway NJ 07065-3212

Phone: 732.499.9250

State FMBA Fund Raiser

Jim Keady Fund Raiser Sunday October 4 at 4pm

The NJ FMBA has endorsed Jim Keady in his candidacy for the New Jersey State General Assembly. Jim is having a fundraising event this Sunday, October 4th at 4pm at the Lighthouse Tavern at 379 US 9 in Waretown. Tickets are $35 per person. Please support Jim who supports Public Safety. All members are encouraged to attend! Please help put our friends in office!

Contact the State FMBA office for more info.



Paterson FMBA Golf Outing and Beefsteak


FMBA 21 Annual Mets Game Group Photo


FMBA 21 President Cassidy going for the Home Run Ball at the Met’s Game

Yes you may have seen this on TV- FMBA 21 President Pat Cassidy going for a home run ball at the Met Game with Hot Dog in mouth. Great form Pat!

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Condolences to the Tufaro Family

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FMBA 21 would like to express condolences to retired Firefighter Louis Tufaro and Family.

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Viewing is 4 to 8pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Allwood Funeral Home located at 660 Allwood Road Clifton NJ.


Louis P., Clifton F.D. Ret. 78 died peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his Clifton residence. Born in Lodi, Lou resided in Clifton for the past 49 years. A graduate of Lodi H.S., he received a degree in Fire Science at Passaic County Community College. Lou was employed as a Fire Fighter for the Clifton Fire Department for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2000. He was a member of FMBA Local #21 and is a former Scoutmaster of BSA Troop #23 both in Clifton. “Big Lou” served in the USMC in the late 1950’s and was an avid gardener. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Ann (Betz), by four sons, Louis J. Tufaro and wife, Mary Jo of Morris Plains, Christopher P. Tufaro , Gary V. Tufaro and wife, Janice and Gregory J. Tufaro and wife, Amy all of Cedar Grove; also by seven grandchildren, Valerie, Heather, Kaycie, Luke, Kyle, Alanna and Marissa; and by two brothers, John Tufaro of Myrtle Beach, SC and Patrick Tufaro of Paramus. Louis predeceased by 2 brothers, Joseph and James Tufaro. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday at Allwood Funeral Home, 660 Allwood Rd., Clifton, NJ 07012. Visiting hours are 4-8 PM Tuesday. Memorial donations to Cedar Grove UNICO, PO Box 27, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 for a future scholarship fund in Lou’s name would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Published in The Record on Sept. 21, 2015

Clifton PBA 36 John Samra Run

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Clifton PBA 36 Golf Outing

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FMBA 21 has purchased 4 tickets and a hole sponsorship for this event. Contact Ed Polak for more details.

October 6, 2015 at 8am. Breakfast included. Wild Turkey Golf Course

FMBA 21 Email Signup for Updates

Please remember to check the calendar on the right for events that our union supports. Tickets are available free of charge to our membership. Just click on the event and read the notes. It will tell you who to contact and how many tickets are available.

Also on the homepage there is a box where you can type in your email address. Each time that the FMBA 21 Homepage is updated it will send the new information (posts) to your email so you can keep up with events we support or attend. I would encourage all active and retired members to sign up.

This is a screenshot of where to signup:

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5 New Firefighters

FMBA 21 would like to welcome aboard 5 new firefighters.

Pictured in the slide show are:

Ronald Ricca

Jaco Garcia-Torres

Douglas Yates

Jesse Harding

Robert Hoogmoed



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Photos are courtesy of Karolina Hoogmoed.

Update of COLA Litigation – NJ FMBA

Update of COLA litigation from NJFMBA Chief State Counsel


On March 27, 2012, the NJFMBA and other public sector labor organizations filed a declaratory judgment action alleging that Chapter 78 is unconstitutional because, effective June 28, 2011, it suspended COLAs for all pension funds including active and retired members of PERS, TPAF and PFRS.  On May 25, 2012, the lower court dismissed the action on the basis that COLA funding was subject to legislative appropriations and one legislature could not bind another.

The parties appealed the decision to the appellate court and oral argument was heard by the Appellate Court on January 28, 2014.

On June 26, 2014, the appellate court issued its decision in the COLA lawsuit.   The court found that the statute created a contractual, non-forfeitable right to pension benefits, inclusive of COLA.  Since the appeals court found that current and future retirees have a contractual right to COLA, and the lower court did not address whether the 2011 statute impaired that contractual right in violation of the Constitution, the case was sent back to the lower court to make that determination.

On July 16, 2014, the State filed a cross-petition for certification to the NJ Supreme Court appealing the decision of the Appellate Division disputing whether Chapter 78 created a contractual right to the receipt of COLA.

On July 14, 2014, one of the pro se plaintiffs, Charles Ouslander, filed a petition for certification to the NJ Supreme Court to review the federal Contracts Clause and equitable estoppel claims which were dismissed by the appellate court.

On July 31, 2015, the Supreme Court granted the Ouslander petition and State cross-petition for certification.  The NJFMBA continues to be actively participating in the case.  Oral argument will be scheduled shortly.  The Court hears oral argument 2-5 times per month beginning in September and ending in April.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the State office.