Scott Mirabella, Fund Administrator
My name is Scott Mirabella and I am the new Administrator of your Benefit Fund. I retired from Suffolk County in January 2019, after 31 years of service at the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Medical Examiner’s Office consists of the Crime Laboratory, Toxicology Laboratory, Medical Records, the Morgue and the Public and Environmental Health Laboratory where I worked. I started at the Public and Environmental Health Laboratory as a Grade 13 Laboratory Technician in 1988. Eventually I received a promotion to Chemist I and started analyzing soils and liquids for heavy metals and other toxic substances.
Later, I accepted an opportunity to join the County’s Haz-Mat team. The team consisted of District Attorney Detective Investigators, Emergency Service Police officers, Public Health Sanitarians and our Scientists from the Health Lab. I went out on over 150 callouts’, which consisted of search war-rants, criminal and accidental discharges and air quality (sick buildings) among other things. After my first time testifying in court as an expert witness, I was promoted to Forensic Scientist I (Hazardous Materials). After many years I went on to lead the Public Health Lab’s portion of the Haz-Mat team as a Forensic Scientist III (Hazardous Materials). I was responsible for maintaining SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and other equipment, ordering supplies and scheduling training for team members. Our team responded to many Public Health emergencies and resulted in the prosecution of multiple polluters.
Having had a great career as a Forensic Scientist at the ME’s office. I am very proud of the work my team and I did. They are an amazing group of people and do incredible work.
In December 2018, I was offered the opportunity to administer the Benefit Fund when the former Administrator, and past AME President Cheryl Felice decided to retire. I have known Cheryl for over 20 years and have a great relationship with her. This made the transition that much smoother.
It is no surprise that under Cheryl’s administration the Benefit Fund has been operating at an extraordinary level. I am blessed to be inheriting a great team that does their job extremely well. These are exciting times at the Benefit Fund and I look forward to working with all of you.
The Fund no longer has a Labor- Management Board, the Board now consists of Labor Trustees only. And starting in January 2020, as a result of successful AME contract negotiations, the contribution money per member submitted to the Fund by the County will be increased for the first time since 2012. This will allow the Fund to provide new benefits and enhance existing benefits.
In an effort to connect with members, I will be attending site meetings whenever possible, where I will be explaining benefits, taking voucher requests and answering questions. I hope to be at your worksite soon!
Benefits & Actuarial Consultant
First Actuarial Consulting Team
Buchbinder, Tunick & Company
Fund Dental Consultant
Mirkin & Gordon, P.C.
Fund Investment Manager/Consultant
Stacey Braun Associates, Inc.
Legal Services Plan Attorneys
Feldman, Kramer, Monaco, P.C.