Thomas Farrell is a 24 year veteran of the New York City Correction Department. Thomas has worked at RMSC, AMKC, and DCJC where he served as a delegate for eight years. Thomas was appointed to Legislative Chairman of COBA in 2006. Since serving as Legislative Chairman, Thomas has gained much knowledge of New York State and City politics and has made strong relationships and alliances that have helped the union stay strong and formidable. As the Firearms Review Board representative, he has seen over 300 cases and has assisted over 250 Correction Officers in getting their Firearms Privileges restored.
Thomas played a crucial role in the passing of the 2010 Surviving Spouse Medical Coverage Enhancement legislation which provided the opportunity for a deceased Correction Officer’s spouse to purchase medical benefits from the City at a rate of 102% of the cost to the City for the rest of the spouse’s life.
Thomas’ presence and tireless lobbying efforts in Albany and City Hall have not gone unnoticed. Along with President Seabrook, Thomas has presented other pieces of legislation that are currently waiting for fiscal notes from the New York City Actuary such as:
An Act to appoint the President of COBA to serve as a member of the Board for the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS).
An Act to officially grant Police Officer status to members of the Uniformed Correction Force of the New York City Department of Correction.
An Act to establish maximum age requirement for New York City Correction Officers.
Thomas currently oversees RNDC, Legislation, Office of Excellence and Integrity, Discipline Liaison, Disability & Pensions and the Firearms Review Board.