The photo and texts on this web page -- relating to such subjects as (1) COBA Benefit Fund review, (2) CO arrest procdures, (3) a CO slain and (4) COBA Insurance Benefits -- were extracted from Page 3 of the May 1973 issue of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association's tabloid-size newsletter COBA News.
Image of Page 3 of the May 1973 issue of the tabloid-size newsletter COBA News.
In the early summer of 2010, Errol D. Toulon, a Monroe College professor and retired Correction Academy excutive officer, made available to this website a copy of that issue. [See image of Page 3 at right.]
Toulon also had been a first vice president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.
From that issue copy, the New York Correction History Society webmaster has created this four-page web presentation of extracted images and texts, one web page for each of the issue's four printed pages.
Near the bottom of each of the presentation's four web pages is a descriptive list of links to all its pages.
The following is a review of benefit improvements,
old and new, which were put into effect July 15, 1969
as instituted by President Leo C. Zefereiti. These benefits are unparalleled and are considered far above and
the best welfare package of any other uniformed force
in the city, state and the nation.
July 15, 1969Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance was increased from $1,000 to $5,000 to be paid in the event of accidental
loss of life or limb.
July 15, 1969Survivor Income Benefit provides that upon
the death of a Correction Officer, the
spouse will receive $100 monthly for each
surviving child, up to $300 monthly for 36
months. If there are no children, an additional $5,000 of Group life insurance will
be paid to the beneficiary.
Sept. 15, 1969Supplemental Maternity Benefit provides
payment of up to $100 toward your out-of-pocket hospital, obstetrical and anesthesia
costs incurred as a result of livebirth.
Sept. 15, 1969Family Optical Plan was increased from
$15 for an eye examination and single vision lenses.
$20 for an eye examination and bifocals or
The New York City Department of
Correction was created by chapter No. 25
of the New York City Charter. Chapter
No. 25 of the New York City Administrative Code details the operation of the
agency. Correction Officers are named as
peace officers in section 120 of the Code
of Crimnial Procedure as defined in the
Criminal Procedure Law of September 1,
Off Duty A correction officer may
arrest anywhere in New York State for a
felony committed in his presence, provided the arrest is made at the time the
felony is committed or while giving chase.
On Duty A correction officer may arrest anywhere in New York State for a
felony he has reasonable cause to believe
was committed in or out of his presence.
On or Off Duty A correction officer
may arrest anywhere in the five counties
of New York City for a felony, he has
reasonable cause to believe was committed, weather in or out of his presence.
On or Off Duty A correction officer
may arrest anywhere in the five counties
of New York City for a misdemeanor or
violation committed only in his presence.
WHEN EFFECTING AN ARREST
YOU MUST STATE:
AUTHORITY I am a correction officer
PURPOSE you are under arrest
REASON for the crime of
The arrested person flees, resists or cannot hear or understand.
After effecting the arrest a correction
fficer must verbally inform the arrested
person of his rights as soon as practical.
He may not question the prisoner until he
has advised him of his legal rights.
After the arrested person is in your custody.
a. Get police assistance and transportation.
b. Go to the police station and report
to the desk officer.
c. Give the arrested person his legal
rights if you have not previously done so,
remember, before questioning begins.
d. Ask for help if you need it.
e. Follow the directions the desk officer gives you.
f. Complete all necessary paper work,
vouch property if any and get a receipt.
Mark items or weapons with your initial.
g. Call your institution or division and
report the arrest.
h. Unless a summons is issued, take
your prisoner to the arraignment Pct. and
have prints and photos taken.
i. The police will transport your prisoner to the Court Detension Pen.
j. Upon arrival at the court, report to
the Complaint Room and follow the directions of the Assistant District Attorney, then get your prisoner and take him
before the Judge.
(Continued on Page 4)
The Plan provides for an eye examination
and a pair of prescription eyeglasses every two years.
Jan. 1, 1970Dental Plan The schedule of allowances
was increased from a maximum of $400 to
a maximum of $500.
July 15, 1971Dental Plan The deductible was eliminated, the schedule was further improved
and the Orthodontia benefit maximum was
increased from $500 to $800.
July 15, 1971Artificial Kidney Machines The Security
Benefits Fund donated two Artificial Kidney machines to the French Polyclinic Medical School and Health Center. They are to
be used by Correction Officers and their
families for dialysis care.
Feb. 15, 1972Drug Plan The $.50 deductible was eliminated.
Feb. 15, 1972Family Optical Plan was increased from
$15 and $20.
Correction Officers and their dependents
are covered for:
Feb. 15, 1972Supplemental Outpatient Hospital Emergency Room Benefit provides for a maxi-
mum payment of up to $50 for out-of-
pocket expenses for Hospital Emergency
Room Services in connection with an acci-
dent or incident of an emergency nature.
July 15, 1972Drug Plan Drug Plan pricing schedule
was inproved. Druggists throughout the
City agreed to cooperate with our Plan.
July 15, 1972Supplemental Maternity Benefit The max-
imum reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses was increased from $100 to $200.
- An eye examination and single vision
lenses up to $25.
- An eye examination and bifocal or trifocal
lenses up to $40.
- The Plan provides for an eye examination
and a pair of prescription eyeglasses every
- We enlisted a panel of Opticians who have
agreed to give our members special rates
July 15, 1972Pre-Paid Legal Services The Security Benefits Fund retained a Law firm to provide
legal consultation to Correction Officers and
dependent members of their families.
Correction Officer Joseph Lukas died last Dec. 26 after being shot by a
holdupman on his way home Nov. 6. The critically wounded officer shot and
wounded one of the bandits who had accosted him after he completed his
4 p.m-Midnight tour at the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward.
Commissioner Malcolm, COBA President Leo Zeferetti and Vice Presi
dent Harold Brown visited Lukas at Fordham Hospital in the Bronx after the
shooting. The New York Police Department was credited with getting Lucas
Joseph Lukas was a brave man and a fine officer, Zeferetti said. He
always behaved in the finest traditions of the force. His death is greatly
Law firm will advise Correction Officers
and their dependents on any civil matter,
such as mortgage problems, husband and
wife tenancies, wills, purchase of homes,
landlord-tenant matters, divorce or alimony, custody of children, etc.
Every Correction Officer will be entitled without
charge to have a will prepared on his or
her behalf as part of this service. This service does not relate to on the job incidents.
Should an Officers case require Court appearance by an attorney or the drafting and
preparation of legal documents, the charge
to the Officer will be at a special rate prearranged by the Security Benefits Fund and
the Law firm.
Sept. 1, 1972Hearing Aid Benefit The officer or his
dependent must have a referral from his
physician. Bring the referral to one of the
Funds approved Audio Centers. They will
receive a complete audiological examination and be fitted with a standard model
hearing aid, if required. The total cost to
the Officer will be $35. The balance will
be paid by the Fund if provided through
an approved center. Should a hearing aid
not be required after the examination the
Officer will be required to pay $15.
Sept. 15, 1972Ambulance Service (For Emergency use
only) The Fund will pay up to a maximum of $25 per call for an emergency ambulance service for the Officer and his eligible dependents. Special arrangements have made with Homes Ambulance Co. for service and rates.
Every correction officer on the payroll of the City of New York is insured
as follows: Prior to May 15, 1973 $10,000 Life Insurance
Effective May 15, 1973 $15,000 Life Insurance
In addition to the life insurance your qualified family members will receive Survivor Income Benefits:
Your Spouse (Husband or Wife) will receive $100 a month for 36
months for each dependent child up to a maximum of $300 per month.
However, if the Survivor Income benefits paid is less than $5,000, your
beneficiary will receive an amount up to the $5,000 in addition to the above
mentioned life insurance.
Members with no children In lieu of Survivor Income benefits, your
beneficiary will receive $5,000 in addition to the above life insurance benefit.
IN THE LINE OF DUTY To protect
our Officers in the event of a riot at any of
the prisons or an emergency arising while
in the line of duty, arrangements have been
made for ambulance service, should same
he required. The Fund will pay the full
May 15. 1973Group Life Insurance Increased from
$10,000 to $15,000. (If there is no Qualified Family Members (eligible children)
under the Survivor Income Benefits, $5,000
of additional life insurance will be payable
upon death to the beneficiary.)
May 15. 1973Supplemental Maternity Benefit The present Supplemental Maternity Benefit will be
replaced as of May 15, 1973. The new
Supplemental Maternity Benefit provides
for the reimbursement of your out-of-pocket hospital semi-private ROOM AND
BOARD CHARGES ONLY incurred as a
result of livebirth by normal delivery, after
you have filed your claim with your Base
Plan (GHI, HIP, Blue Cross or any insurance carrier or organization which covers
you or your dependents under a Medical
The above benefits are in addition to those which were in force
prior to July 15, 1969 such as dependent life insurance.
WEBMASTER NOTES: Joseph Lukas, the C.O. who was the subject of the "Correction Officer Slain" story above, may well have been the " Joseph B. Lukas, Corr. Officer #1409" listed among DOC uniformed and civilian staffers receiving Meritorious Service Awards for helping save lives in the 1957 airplane crash on Rikers Island.
The Feb. 15, 1972 entry concerning the "Drug Plan" states "The $.50 deductible was eliminated." One suspects the decimal point in front of the "50" may have been a typo rendering the amount 50 cents, an unlikely dedctible. But that is what the printed newsletter showed and thus is reproduced above.