Amerks Hosting Annual Hometown Heroes Night on Friday, February 2

From an Amerks Press Release:

The Rochester Americans will hold their annual“Hometown Heroes Night,” presented by Advantage Federal Credit Union, on Friday, Feb. 2 when the team hosts the Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.

“Hometown Heroes Night is a game we take great pride in hosting each year as it gives us yet another opportunity to honor all the local first responders of our community,” saidRob Minter, Vice President of Business Operations for the Amerks. “The countless sacrifices they make every day certainly don’t go unnoticed and this is our way of saying thank you for all that they do.”

“One of Advantage’s core values over the years has been to make sure we do the right thing for our members and our employees,” saidJeff Bocach, President and CEO of Advantage Federal Credit Union. “Supporting first responders, those that support us every day, is a reflection of that core value. Thank you for all you do for our community.”

The Amerks are honoring all first responders such as police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians, as well as military members and veterans. Prior to the Amerks-Marlies matchup that night, the Rochester Police Department will face-off against members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Jail Bureau in an exhibition hockey game starting at 4:00 p.m.

As part of the night, the Amerks are offering all Hometown Heroes and military personnel one complimentary ticket to their game against the Marlies with additional tickets for family and friends available for as low as just $12. Those interested in taking advantage of the offer can do so by Hometown Heroes or their families can also use that link to submit a photo to be used during an in-game tribute on the video board.

The Amerks will donate $2 for every ticket sold to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Association of Retirees (SOAR), courtesy of Advantage Federal Credit Union.

Individual game tickets for the 2017-18 season start at just $14. Amerks Season Ticket Memberships, which start as low as just $12 per game, are on-sale now. The Amerks are also offering a variety of partial plans, including Half-Season Memberships and Flex Season Memberships with vouchers good for best available seating to any home game. All memberships are up to 40% off Box Office day of game pricing. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

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Job Opportunity

Intercept Security is seeking part-time and full-time security officers for a variety of locations in Rochester/Monroe County area with limited other positions in the Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton areas. Perfect for retirees looking to supplement their income. NYS Security License required prior to starting, but not required for consideration. Hourly rates may vary by job.

In particular, there is also immediate openings for NEW positions in Rochester & Ithaca from 5:00pm-9:30pm Monday – Saturday and 2pm-6pm Sundays starting at $15.00 hour.

If interested, please contact Andrea at / 585-872-0086 or Steven Scott at / 585-872-0086.

S.O.A.R. Meets with Sheriff Baxter

Members of the S.O.A.R. Retiree Health Benefit subcommittee met with newly elected Sheriff Todd Baxter and discussed our situation and issues.

We thanked him on behalf of S.O.A.R. for appearing at the January county legislative meeting showing support for our efforts. The Sheriff was given a short history of what we have been working with and attempting to do to correct the counties attitude and involuntary changes to retirees health benefits. He asked several questions about our contracts and the language contained therein. Our purpose was to remove any misunderstandings that he might have had.

Sheriff Baxter was totally committed to assist the S.O.A.R. members and offered to meet with any county legislator that wishes to discuss this matter. He will also bring up these issues when he is speaking with our county officials, both elected and otherwise. He also gave us some info on strategy and contacts we can use when we start our post card writing campaign at the end of next month. Overall a very supportive individual.

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S.O.A.R.’s Raffle

Help support the Home Of Anthony. $10.00 per ticket, with a chance to win two dinner tickets, two drink tickets and $5,500 in cash prizes.

The Arpaler Dinner is Friday May 25, 2018 at the Italian American Community Center (150 Frank Dimino Way, Rochester). Cash bar starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:00.

The winning ticket to be drawn April 25, 2018 at Arpaler’s Luncheon.

For tickets, call Larry Crawford at 585-278-6027 or email

Join Us at the Next Legislative Meeting

Looking for strength in a fight against Monroe County which is in midst on violating Retirees retirement contract in medical coverage once we hit age of 65 and go on Medicare. They are dropping our secondary medical insurance and forcing us to go out and purchasing our own medical coverage offer us $50 a month to make that purchase but this is only for the year of 2018 with no guarantee of what will be offered in the years to come.

Looking for extra support to come down for the next Monroe County Legislation Meeting on February 13 at 6:00 at 39 W. Main Street on 2nd floor and slip on one of our t-shirts and help us stand in strength. They have started with us and who knows where it will lead to from here. So if you are in town and can spare an hour and half Please come down and help us show strength. This is effecting over 1600 people including Civilians and Teachers.There maybe a time down the road you may need the same and I will be there.

Thank you,
Larry Crawford

Call to Action: Parole Opposition for Joseph Comfort

To all Active and Retired NYSPIA Members,

Please read the below request on behalf of the New York State Troopers PBA for a Call to Action to oppose the consideration of parole for Joseph Comfort. Comfort is responsible for the murder of Inv. Robert L. VanHall, Jr. in 1980. Recently a decision by Judge Victor Grossman paved the way for the Parole Board to release John Ruzas, who murdered Trooper Emerson J. Dillon over 40 years ago. Judge Grossman ignorantly decided to hold the parole board in contempt for considering the opposition letters written by members of law enforcement. This cannot continue and the time is now more than ever to become involved and aggressively oppose the release of another cop killer.

Call to Action: Parole Opposition

We are writing to ask for your support and action to ensure that a convicted felon who killed a New York State Police Investigator decades ago remains in prison. Joseph Comfort, who murdered Inv. Robert L. VanHall Jr., is scheduled for a parole hearing during the week of January 29, 2018. We need your help to ensure Comfort is denied parole and kept in prison, where he belongs.

Investigator VanHall, who dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public, worked undercover in the war against drugs and was on duty on December 5, 1980 when he was murdered. He was shot with a sawed-off, double barreled shotgun. His partner was also wounded.

Investigator VanHall had also served two tours in the jungles of Vietnam as a Green Beret where he distinguished himself by being awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars – including one with a V Device – and a Purple Heart. After all of his service and sacrifice, Investigator VanHall was senselessly gunned down on the streets of Corning serving the people of New York State.

If you would like to mail a letter of opposition to the Board of Parole, it should be sent to the following address:

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Attn: Office of Victim Assistance
1220 Washington Ave, Building 2
Albany, New York 12226

If you would like to submit a letter of opposition to the Board of Parole, you are able to do so by sending an email to the Office of Victim Assistance at In your email, please include the following:
Subject of Your Email: Letter of Opposition

(In the body of your email, please include the DIN and Inmate Information below. Also included below is a sample letter that you can use as part of your correspondence. It would be most beneficial if you could personalize or vary your letter a little bit so that the Parole Board sees each letter as an individual submission and not a copy.)

DIN: 82C0273
Inmate Last Name: Comfort
Inmate First Name: Joseph

I oppose the parole of convicted murderer Joseph Comfort (DIN 82C0273), who brutally murdered New York State Police Investigator Robert L. VanHall Jr. on December 5, 1980. Investigator VanHall dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public and was working undercover in the war against drugs when he was murdered. He was shot by Comfort with a sawed-off, double barreled shotgun and his partner was also wounded. Investigator VanHall was also a Vietnam veteran who was awarded several service medals. Comfort has no respect for the criminal justice system or the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to protect the public. Given the appalling statistics of police officers being killed or assaulted, coupled with the fact that Joseph Comfort has already murdered a New York State Trooper, I fear that history would repeat itself if Joseph Comfort was granted parole.

Christopher M. Quick
New York State Police Investigators Association
54 State Street Suite 300
Albany, NY 12207

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