PARA is the Port Authority
Retirees Association. Membership in PARA is open to all retirees and active
employees of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and of its
predecessor, The Port of New York Authority, including PATH.
Our mission is to serve PA
retirees and to promote their welfare. We do this by keeping them informed on
matters that affect them and by engaging in other activities to further their
We foster and encourage legislation that maintains or improves our
circumstances primarily as it affects the pensions of the New York
State Retirement System and our health benefits.
Special Notice to all
Retirees affiliated with the TWU, BTU, IOUE, IBEW, CWA, FS, FM
We have been advised
that in accordance with the recent union settlements, the retro payments for
affected retiree members (and current staff) of these unions will be sent
out beginning in mid November 2018. Affected TWU retirees will receive the
full retro payment this year. Others will receive a partial retro payment in
2018 and the balance in the 2nd quarter 2019 as per the new union
The checks will be sent to the address on record at the PA. Therefore, it is
important to advise the PA if you have a new address in order to assure that
the payment reaches you. If you have a new address or any questions about
these payments please call the PA Service Delivery number 212-435-2870.
on hearing aids and hearing related services
As we age, some of us
suffer various degrees of hearing loss. As many of you already know, hearing
aids can be very expensive. Recently, we heard about a company that
can help reduce the cost somewhat (up to 70% in some cases).
The company is Hear in
America (HIA), which has a nationwide network of providers who perform
hearing tests and can fit you for hearing aids. We heard about this company
from one of our members, who is also a member of RPEA (Retired Public
We contacted HIA to see
if we could enter into an agreement with them to provide this service to our
members and their family members. They were eager to do so, and we are
happy to announce the agreement between HIA and PARA effective October 2018.
The service is available immediately to all those who want to take
All you (or your family member) have to do is call HIA at 1-800-286-6149,
tell them you are a member of PARA and they will connect you with a
Our agreement provides for free hearing exams, discounts on devices,
warranties on equipment, free repair and batteries for a period after
purchase and other benefits. HIA will provide the details. Of course, all
transactions are solely between HIA’s local providers and its customers and
PARA has no liability in connection with this new benefit.
If you’re a PA retiree or even
employee and are
not yet a member of PARA, now would be a very good time to join. Everyone
is welcomed to join the dues are
only $10.00 a year.
Why not join now to
support PARA's mission and help chart its future directions?
PARA’s more than 4,000 members are strengthened by
our affiliation with the Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations (APRO)
representing more than 350,000 members statewide in New York.
click here for the
PARA dues page and send the remittance form to the address indicated below and
remember also that donations are
gratefully accepted and appreciated. If you have a question
Click Here to Submit request to
Treasurer for Dues Status.
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