FDNY Make Significant Procedural Changes

Tuesday April 2, 2024

To: FDNY's Public Certification Users,

We are writing to inform you about some significant procedural changes that will come into effect as of April 2, 2024, regarding all Certificates of Fitness. These changes are a result of the need for more streamlined processes.

Starting from April 2, 2024, ALL Certificate of Fitness applicants will be required to apply and pay online (fires.fdnycloud.org) for their certification prior to coming to the FDNY. It is important to note that without proof of application and payment, individuals will not be permitted to enter the building for testing. All Certificate of Fitness (COF) transactions (exam, renew and update) must be done online and payment before coming to FDNY Headquarters.

Here are the key points:

Online Application and Payment: COF applicants must complete their application and payment process online. This can be done on https://fires.fdnycloud.org/CitizenAccess

  1. Proof of Application and Payment: Upon arrival for testing, applicants must provide proof of their application submission and payment confirmation. This could be in the form of an email (printed receipt or a digital copy on their mobile device).
  2. Step-by-Step Guide and Video tutorial to fill out the Online Application: COF online application guide link; https://www.nyc.gov/assets/fdny/downloads/pdf/business/fdny-business-cof-individuals-short.pdf and Video tutorial link; https://www.nyc.gov/site/fdny/business/all-certifications/certificates-of-fitness.page
  3. No Exceptions: Please be aware that there will be no exceptions to this new procedure. It is imperative that all applicants adhere to these guidelines. They will be turned away at the door if there is no proof of application.
  4. Assistance: If anyone encounters difficulties or has questions regarding the online application and payment process, please do not hesitate to reach out to FDNY Business by calling 311. Our team will provide necessary assistance and support.

These efforts are necessary due to current fiscal constraints. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in implementing these new procedures.

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Agents Night – Irish Examiner

Thursday March 7, 2024

A very nice piece in the Irish Examiner:

On March 7th, 2024, an evening of Irish culture, entertainment and hospitality took place celebrating Agents Night at the Bohemian National Hall. The Emerald Guild Society held its annual event awarding its Member of the Year award (congratulations Killian Moore) and made an announcement of its St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 Grand Marshal (congratulations Brendan Harte).

It was a grand evening and a perfect way to kick off a week of St. Patrick’s celebrations.

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Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

Monday February 6, 2023

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body of loved ones who have died abroad in a sudden or tragic circumstance back to Ireland.

Please click this link to download their fact sheet. You can also go to their facebook page

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Michael Leahy – Founding Father – Past President

Tuesday February 1, 2022

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Michael Leahy, a founding Father, Member of the Year, Grand Marshal, and Trustee of the Emerald Guild Society.

Our sincere and profound sympathies to Michael's wife Rose, his children Mairead, Catriona, Sean, grandchildren, and extended family.

We encourage all our members to honor Michael's memory, and support his family by attending his funeral services and participating in an honor guard that we will be organizing.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 4:00 - 8:00 P.M. in Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 10:45 A.M. in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, NY

Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.

Michael G. Leahy, aged 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Yonkers, New York, on January 31, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 17, 1954 in Knockanure, County Kerry, Ireland. Son of Timothy and Hannah Leahy and loving brother of Maureen Connolly (Jim), the late Peggy Horan (Brendan) , Willie Joe (Eileen), Patrick (Mary), Teddy (Margaret), and Jerry (Mary).

Mike immigrated to America in 1971 with his sister Peggy and brother-in-law Brendan. Through them, he met the love of his life, Rose Horan. Mike and Rose went back to Ireland and married in 1979 in his hometown, Knockanure. They later moved to Co. Clare, where they went on to have their first child, Sean (Alana). Soon after, they moved back to New York, where they went on to have two daughters, Mairead O'Shea and Katrina. Mike was a devoted husband and cherished father. He was happiest with his grandchildren, Trent Leahy and John, Nora and Cailtin O’Shea.

Mike was a Resident Manager at Tracy Towers in Manhattan for 37 years. He was dedicated to his building, where he was beloved by his tenants, staff and board. Mike took great pride in his career and in June 2015, he was featured on the cover of Habitat Magazine for his pristine boiler room. Mike was a member of the New York Building Managers Association and while President, he was awarded “Building Manager of the Year.” He was also one of the founding fathers of the Emerald Guild Society, where he fostered opportunities and advancements among the Irish and Irish American community. One of Mike’s proudest moments was marching up Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the Emerald Guild Society’s Grand Marshall. While being a member of these associations, Mike built lifelong friendships and lasting memories.

Mike’s greatest joy was going back home to Ireland with his wife and children to visit his sister Maureen, his brothers, sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed golfing, watching sports, and socializing at his local pub with family and friends. You would rarely see Mike without wearing memorabilia from the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Mets and Islanders, Manchester United or most of all, the County Kerry Football team. Mike was known for his work ethic, love of technology, red hair, and his thick Kerry brogue.

Mike will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, especially his nieces, nephews and cousins. His memory will live on through his wife of 42 years, their children and grandchildren.

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Daniel Moloney – Liffey Van Lines

Tuesday January 11, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Owner and President of Liffey Van Lines, Daniel Moloney.

Click here for Funeral arrangements.

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US Officials Recommend Shorter COVID Isolation, Quarantine

Thursday December 30, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Monday cut isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to five days, and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence that people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.

The decision also was driven by a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, propelled by the omicron variant.

Early research suggests omicron may cause milder illnesses than earlier versions of the coronavirus. But the sheer number of people becoming infected — and therefore having to isolate or quarantine — threatens to crush the ability of hospitals, airlines and other businesses to stay open, experts say.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the country is about to see a lot of omicron cases.

“Not all of those cases are going to be severe. In fact many are going to be asymptomatic,” she told The Associated Press on Monday. “We want to make sure there is a mechanism by which we can safely continue to keep society functioning while following the science.”

Last week, the agency loosened rules that previously called on health care workers to stay out of work for 10 days if they test positive. The new recommendations said workers could go back to work after seven days if they test negative and don’t have symptoms. And the agency said isolation time could be cut to five days, or even fewer, if there are severe staffing shortages.

Now, the CDC is changing the isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public to be even less stringent.

The change is aimed at people who are not experiencing symptoms. People with symptoms during isolation, or who develop symptoms during quarantine, are encouraged to stay home.

The CDC’s isolation and quarantine guidance has confused the public, and the new recommendations are “happening at a time when more people are testing positive for the first time and looking for guidance,” said Lindsay Wiley, an American University public health law expert.

Nevertheless, the guidance continues to be complex.


The isolation rules are for people who are infected. They are the same for people who are unvaccinated, partly vaccinated, fully vaccinated or boosted.

They say:

—The clock starts the day you test positive.

—An infected person should go into isolation for five days, instead of the previously recommended 10.

—At the end of five days, if you have no symptoms, you can return to normal activities but must wear a mask everywhere — even at home around others — for at least five more days.

—If you still have symptoms after isolating for five days, stay home until you feel better and then start your five days of wearing a mask at all times.


The quarantine rules are for people who were in close contact with an infected person but not infected themselves.

For quarantine, the clock starts the day someone is alerted they may have been exposed to the virus.

Previously, the CDC said people who were not fully vaccinated and who came in close contact with an infected person should stay home for at least 10 days.

Now the agency is saying only people who got booster shots can skip quarantine if they wear masks in all settings for at least 10 days.

That’s a change. Previously, people who were fully vaccinated — which the CDC has defined as having two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — could be exempt from quarantine.

Now, people who got their initial shots but not boosters are in the same situation as those who are partly vaccinated or are not vaccinated at all: They can stop quarantine after five days if they wear masks in all settings for five days afterward.


Suspending both isolation and quarantine after five days is not without risk.

A lot of people get tested when they first feel symptoms, but many Americans get tested for others reasons, like to see if they can visit family or for work. That means a positive test result may not reveal exactly when a person was infected or give a clear picture of when they are most contagious, experts say.

When people get infected, the risk of spread drops substantially after five days, but it does not disappear for everyone, said Dr. Aaron Glatt, a New York physician who is a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

“If you decrease it to five days, you’re still going to have a small but significant number of people who are contagious,” he said.

That’s why wearing masks is a critical part of the CDC guidance, Walensky said.


The new CDC guidance is not a mandate; it’s a recommendation to employers and state and local officials. Last week, New York state said it would expand on the CDC’s guidance for health care workers to include employees who have other critical jobs that are facing a severe staffing shortage.

It’s possible other states will seek to shorten their isolation and quarantine policies, and CDC is trying to get out ahead of the shift. “It would be helpful to have uniform CDC guidance” that others could draw from, rather than a mishmash of policies, Walensky said.

Given the timing with surging case counts, the update “is going to be perceived as coming in response to pressure from business interests,” Wiley said. But some experts have been calling for the change for months, because shorter isolation and quarantine periods appeared to be sufficient to slow the spread, she said.

The move by CDC follows a decision last week by U.K. officials to reduce the self-isolation period for vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19.

The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

December 27, 2021

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Additional Profit Sharing Contributions for Resident Managers and Full Time Superintendents – Dead Line November 1, 2021

Wednesday October 20, 2021

Dear Participating Employers:

The deadline to submit the lump sum 2021 contribution authorization is November 1, 2021.

If you, the employer or managing agent on behalf of the employer, decide to voluntarily participate, then please complete your part of the “Additional SRSP Contribution Authorization Form”; and return the completed form to employerrelations@32bjfunds.com. If you decide not to participate you may disregard.

When completing the form:

  • Check either Resident Manager or Superintendent
  • Enter name of Resident Manager or Superintendent
  • Enter Building Address and Name (if different)
  • Select the Lump Sum Amount
  • Enter Owner, Employer, Managing Agent and Address information as indicated on the form
  • Check the Capacity (role as signatory)
  • Signature of authorized signer (Please Print Name of Signatory)
  • Will have to provide a new authorization each year if they want to continue make the additional SRSP contribution

Incomplete forms cannot be accepted.

Employer participation is voluntary but cannot be changed for a calendar year once the authorization is submitted to the SRSP.

If you have additional questions you may contact the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc. (RAB) or Employer Services at 212-388-3354.


Building Service 32BJ Benefit Funds
Employer Services
212 388-3354

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Buildings May Now Require 32BJ Employees Be Vaccinated, Provided Certain Protocols Are Followed

Wednesday October 20, 2021

Under a Memorandum of Agreement dated Sept. 30, 2021, between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ and the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc. (RAB), employer-members of the RAB may require that their building service employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Both employers and their employees must satisfy certain conditions if such a requirement is implemented.

Importantly, in the Memorandum, SEIU and RAB “fully and unequivocally encourage and support all individuals (including . . . employees, managers . . . ) to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 . . .”

Armstrong Teasdale’s Cooperative and Condominium Law attorneys can help guide clients through the vaccine compliance requirements. In short, however:

  • employers must inform their employees in writing that a vaccination mandate is being considered and request the employees’ status;
  • employees must provide their vaccination status within one week. If they are vaccinated, a copy of the proof of vaccination shall be maintained separately from other employee information;
  • employees who are unwilling to be vaccinated must provide their reason for refusing vaccination, including whether they are seeking an exemption in accordance with applicable law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • no sooner than two weeks after an employer has requested vaccination status, it may provide notice to SEIU and all employees of its vaccination policy, and require that employees obtain the first shot of a two-shot vaccine or a single-dose vaccine no sooner than four weeks from the date of the notice. The second dose, if applicable, must be no less than eight weeks from the date of the notice; and
  • an employee who is not entitled to an exemption, but who does not get vaccinated, may elect (a) to take an unpaid leave of absence for up to four months (and may return to their position upon being fully vaccinated) – however, if they are not vaccinated, the building is not required to take them back; or (b) to be put on a recall list through March 1, 2022, or six months from their last day of work (whichever is later) to be placed in the same or similar position at the same building to the extent positions become available, provided the employee becomes fully vaccinated or the building’s vaccination requirement is lifted. If the unvaccinated employee does not elect (a) or (b), above, the employee shall be separated from employment with a non-disciplinary termination, which shall not be deemed a voluntary separation nor a termination for misconduct.

If a resident manager or resident superintendent seeks a leave of absence, or to be placed on a recall list, the building may assert that a leave is not feasible due to coverage needs. There, the SEIU and employer shall meet to try and resolve the dispute and, if unable to do so, it shall be arbitrated on an expedited basis, i.e., within two weeks after the SEIU and employer were unable to come to agreement.

Prior to, or in lieu of, a vaccination mandate, employers may, upon one-week written notice to the SEIU and impacted employees, require that all unvaccinated employees, other than those approved for accommodations, undergo PCR testing on non-work time up to two times per week. Results must be submitted to their employer.

Armstrong Teasdale attorneys are actively monitoring and providing updates regarding the impact of COVID-19. For additional information, visit Armstrong Teasdale’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

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Ciaran Madden – Consul General

Friday July 9, 2021
Ciaran Madden

Ciaran Madden (center), the outgoing Consul General who is moving back to Ireland next month. Micky McCreesh (L) Board member and President Declan Moran (R) presented a Tiffany “Apple” on a custom glass base, as a commemoration of his time in NYC, and appreciation for the support and hospitality he has shown The Emerald Guild Society.

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NYS Excelsior Pass

Thursday April 15, 2021
Excelsior Pass

Be part of New York's Safe reopening. Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.

You can store your Pass digitally on your smartphone with the Excelsior Pass Wallet app, available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can also print your Pass from the Excelsior Pass website and bring it with you. Click here for details.

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