Before 1995, The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association had no real benefits, events, funds or real concern for the correction officers patrolling the toughest precincts in New York. Receiving not much more than cups & pens at the annual Christmas holiday party. Since then, the new Executive Board of the COBA has implemented a great deal of benefits, events and funds supporting not only its members but their families as well. Things such as Family Day the Widows & Children annual event the COBA Scholarship Tuition fund and much more, were implemented by the Executive Board.
The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association is now the largest municipal jail union in the nation and the second largest law enforcement union in New York City, representing the Boldest of the law enforcement community. Since 1995, the Executive Board has been providing care, custody and control for correction officers, inmates and visitors alike. The COBA oversees and represents members working in over 26 different jail facilities throughout the city of New York, serving an estimated 9,500 active members and over 8,200 retired members. Very active in community affairs, the COBA has “brushed shoulders” with some of the most powerful and influential citizens and politicians in and out of the state of New York.
The COBA was the very first union to back the 2008 Presidential candidate Barack Obama, for office. They are also one of the select few unions expressing real concern for the “Real Reform” of the Jail System as well as the Criminal Justice System in New York City, which in most cases go hand in hand.
The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association is an organization built on dedication, hard work and the innovation and progression of benefits for its members and their families. Deeply concerned for its brother and sister officers in law enforcement the COBA has earned a legacy of respect and admiration for “taking care of their own”, regardless of the tough obstacles in its way.