As you have heard, you will soon be receiving your ballot to elect a new Trustee to the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) Board. You know the importance of this election, and we need your full participation in it.
I was proud to serve in this position from 2004 to 2012, to provide our members with a strong voice on the important issues that affect our pensions. I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is that the NJ FMBA have strong representation on this Board, especially now as our pensions continue to come under attack.
The NJ FMBA has offered our unanimous endorsement to Mike Caposella of Paterson FMBA Local 202. Mike, currently a Captain, has served the Paterson Fire Department for over twenty years, and has served as Treasurer for both Local 2 and now Local 202. He is a member of Local 202’s negotiating team and has developed extensive experience dealing with management representatives. Mike will bring this, and his experience as a thirty-year small business owner to bear on this position.
I have had the privilege of knowing Mike for a number of years. His work ethic and dedication to the fire service is second to none. When elected, I know that Mike will continue to be a tireless advocate for us, do all that he can to protect the integrity of our retirement system, and fight against efforts to break the ‘sacred trust’ that is meant to exist between us and the State of New Jersey when it comes to our retirement security.
Your Local President and Executive Delegate have likely already heard from your NJ FMBA District Vice President, and should be prepared to answer any questions you may have on this issue.
It has become clear in recent months that support for Mike among our members is overwhelming, but it’s your vote that counts. Without taking the steps necessary to cast your ballot, the support he has already earned means very little.
If any questions remain, or if you would like to know more about why this position is so important, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 732-499-9250.
Rich Mikutsky, VP NJ FMBA