Who are we?
Who are we?
The NYC Managerial Employees Association (MEA) was established in 1968. It is a not for profit voluntary professional membership association, consisting of managerial and confidential employees employed by the City of New York and other public employers located in the City of New York, who are not eligible for collective bargaining under state and/or local law.
MEA's purpose, in part, is to protect the civil service and other rights including the pension rights of its members and including the right to redress of grievances, the adoption of measures of adequate compensation and other benefits, that will help in the recruitment and retention of the best qualified persons for municipal management positions, and the obtaining of improvements in working conditions.
The MEA also stands for Merit, Excellence and Advocacy The Association has been instrumental over the years in procuring managerial and OJ salary raises, improving retirement benefits, obtaining additional health benefits, developing an adverse appeals process and increasing professional opportunities. City Hall (mayoral agencies), HHC, the NYCHA and other non-mayoral agencies recognize that MEA is the only organization that promotes your interests and advocates for your rights.
There is a chapter for each municipal department or agency provided there are at least twenty five members in that department or agency. The purpose of chapters is to identify issues that are appropriate for resolution at the agency level and attempt to resolve them; to actively recruit members for the Association; to attempt to resolve agency related individual grievances; and to encourage cooperation among members.
Permanent committees of the Association and their purposes are:
The Organization Committee assists the Officers and Chapter officials in planning and implementing membership retention and recruitment strategies, in providing guidance in organizing and recruitment matters and in developing and implementing member benefit programs.
The Compensation and Professionalism Committee recommends proposals to enhance members' compensation and retirement and other fringe benefits. It offers educational programs to enhance the skills of members.
The Finance Committee assists the Treasurer in preparing the Association's annual budget.
The By-laws Committee reviews all proposed By-Law revisions and makes recommendations to the Executive Board.
The Election Committee administers the election process for Officers and Directors-at-Large.
Election Committee members are neutral on the candidates and issues in the election and cannot engage in any partisan campaign activity.
Ad-hoc Committees are established as needed. All members are invited to participate in committee activities.
Shelly Shulman became President of the NYC Managerial Employees Association in December of 2017. Previously he was elected Executive Vice President of the MEA in 2010. Since then, he has participated in many informational and chapter meetings, helping to educate members about their benefits and recruiting chapter directors and other activists. Mr. Shulman was a member of the Legislative, Strategic Plan, and Bylaws Committees.
Mr. Shulman became a employee in the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation at Elmhurst Hospital Center in 1980. Shelly has been at Elmhurst for most of his career starting as a Hospital Care Investigator (member of SSEU Local 371), Senior Hospital Care Investigator and then since 1990 holding a series of managerial positions mostly in the finance area. He retired in 2017. He was also a part time aide to New York City Councilman Morton Povman of Queens for 10 years.
Shelly Shulman's family has a history of political activism, stemming from the Kennedys to the Obama administration.
Shelly is an aficionado of music. His method for relaxing and having a great time is to “jam” playing the guitar with fellow enthusiasts and playing basketball to stay in shape. He is also a “Deadhead” attending "too many to count" concerts of the Grateful Dead and similar music. He is married and has three sons in their twenties.
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Edgar Landas is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS). Before joining MOCS, Edgar was a Tech Solutions Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation (MOTI) where he advised and consulted for City agencies on a diverse portfolio of tech projects. Throughout his career, Edgar has focused on innovating public-sector IT, especially when he entered City service in 2013.
Edgar received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double-major in Finance and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary, and recently completed his Master of Science in Technology Management degree from New York University.
Bernard Orlan was elected Treasurer of the MEA in November, 2017. He has been Chapter Vice-President and Acting President of the New York City Department of Education for the last 5 years and currently on the Finance Committee. He has been active in Paid Parental Leave Law Suite on behalf of our members, and has participated in the recruitment of new members and assisting current Department of Education members with issues regarding their benefits and labor relations. Formerly employed by the New York City School Construction Authority, has been the Director of Environmental Health & Safety for the New York City Department of Education for the last 24 years where he oversees the protection of nearly 100,000 employees and over 1 million school children.
As a Safety Engineer, he is affiliated with numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association, where he was active on the Hazardous Waste Committee. The author of numerous technical articles in the environmental safety field, he holds various professional certifications such as Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazard Control Manager. Prior to working for New York City, Bernie was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he participated in military and civil construction as well as liaising with EPA for Superfund environmental activities and FEMA for emergency management.
He completed his Masters in Occupational Health and Safety and additional post graduate studies at New York University after receiving his BS from Brooklyn College in Health Sciences. Bernie is married, has two children, three grandchildren, and one very special dog. He enjoys reading, writing, and exploring historic cemeteries.
Sherri Porcu was elected Recording Secretary of the NYC Managerial Employees Association in 2015. She previously served as Chapter Director for DOITT and worked closely with MEA leadership to support issues that are important to city managers.
Ms. Porcu has a strong commitment to public service and has worked for the City of New York for over 30 years at various city agencies including NYC 311, DOITT, Mayors Office of Labor Relations, FDNY, Homeless Services, Department of Sanitation, and Education. She received a Masters degree from Brooklyn College and is a life-long New Yorker. Her professional focus has been in public administration, human resources, labor relations, strategic planning, and business operations in city government. She is currently serving in a senior management position with NYC 311.
Carol David began working for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as a Fraud Investigator in 1996. Carol became a city manager in 2000 and received progressive promotions. In August of 2002, she was profiled in the New York Times for her dedication to the homeless of the City of New York. Through Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, Carol managed shifts at the United Recovery Operation Center (The UROC).
She has a Master’s of Science Degree from Hunter College, an Empowering Skills for Leaders Family Development Credential from Cornell University and certifications in Project Management and in Life Coaching from New York University. Carol is currently the Assistant Commissioner for Continuous Quality Improvement and Evaluation in the Department of Homeless Services' Division of Policy and Planning.
Marie Delus has been a vested employee, in New York City government for over twenty years. She currently functions as Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer. In addition, she is the president of T "Flip" R, LLC whose mission is to assist not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and corporations with their community, national and international charitable initiatives. These initiatives provide basic humanitarian needs such as: advocacy for gun-violence prevention; promoting education, nutrition and medical care needs to orphans, destitute children and families.
Marie is an active volunteer for several organizations including the American Red Cross. She is the Director-at-Large for the New York City Managerial Employees Association (NYC MEA); a member of the New York Metropolitan Area Organization of Public Purchasing Professionals affiliated with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP-New York, Inc.) and a volunteer of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Greater New York Chapter. Marie is a United States Marine Corp Veteran of Desert Storm and also a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Marie has traveled back and forth to Washington, DC and Albany as an advocate for gun safety.
Senior Advisor to the President
Joel Fishelson was elected Director-At-Large in January, 2008 and reelected in 2012. He is the members’ ombudsman, travelling throughout the city to help ensure that the Managerial Employees Association’s full range of services is provided to all members.
Joel chairs the MEA’s Organization Committee. Over the last ten years his leadership has brought new and improved member benefits. He created the Legal Services Program covering both work and non-work related areas, and revamped the Pension Counseling service to allow for unlimited member access.
He is the driving force behind the Financial Planning Seminar series that provides knowledge to help members make critical financial decisions. He has presided over a major expansion of the Scholarship Awards Program, and created MEA’s Volunteer Corps to encourage member participation and facilitate successful project completion.
Joel led the development of the new Voluntary Insurance Program, designed to address benefit gaps by offering coverage, such as short term disability and a plan to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for members who utilize non-network dental and/or visual benefits providers. He has played a major role in developing strategies to substantially increase membership by 10 % a year.
Joel is the representative to the Management Benefits Fund and has tirelessly advocated for benefits improvement. He has helped members to better understand and utilize their benefits, and to navigate the claims benefit systems.
Joel assumed responsibility for the Professionalism and Compensation Committee in 2012. He is working with the City University of New York to expand members’ educational opportunities.
During a 38 year career at the Human Resources Administration, Joel held a series of critical positions within the Medical Assistance Program and Family Independence Administration, retiring in 2002 as FIA’s Director for Fiscal Planning & Program Integrity.
Joel has seven grandchildren and is living in Whitestone, Queens.
Bill Dworkin was NYC MEA President from 1994-2002. During his four terms he championed and MEA won the Yourman v Dinkins lawsuit which resulted in payments of thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars
The MEA was placed on a transparent business basis with financial accountability to the membership while he was president.
Bill successfully advocated for significant changes in payment for time and leave at retirement. This continues to result in thousands of dollars difference in separation pay.
Bill has been a member of the MEA executive board for 30 years. He has served the membership as Human Resources Administration chapter director, NYC MEA executive vice president and chair of numerous committees. He is currently project director for the MEAs first strategic plan.
Mr. Dworkin served in increasingly more responsible positions in his 30 year career in HRA, including income support center director, Director of Income Support AIDS Services and retired as assistant deputy commissioner of fair hearings and compliance.
Bill is married with 3 grandchildren. He lives with his wife, Mary, in North Carolina.
Stu Eber resigned as President December 2017. He joins William Dworkin as a Past President on the Executive Board.
Mr. Eber was elected President of the NYC Managerial Employees Association (NYC MEA) in January 2010 and reelected in 2012 and 2015. Mr. Eber worked in conjunction with the Executive Board and the MEA Executive Director to provide the leadership needed for continued organizational growth. The Membership Report 2010-2017 shows that we recruited over 3,000 new members.
In 2015, all managers received the same 10.47% raises as their subordinates, many before the collective bargaining unit members received theirs.
The raises were across the board. The de Blasio Administration has reopened the door to us with respect and is willing to discuss all relevant issues honestly and with the goal of recognizing and rewarding the indispensable role the managerial work force performs 365 days a year.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Eber developed and delivered income support services to thousands of New Yorkers in his capacity as a Human Resources Administration employee. He retired in 2004 after serving as a Deputy Commissioner, and then became more active in the MEA. Prior to his elevation as MEA President, Mr. Eber functioned as Chapter Director of the MEA Retirees Chapter and Chair of the Technology, and Publicity Committees. He was primarily responsible for the enhancements to the website, newsletter and database.
He has been recognized for his professional skills in sound business strategies and management techniques, including the 2017 Lawrence J. Kaplan Award from the Council of Municipal Retiree Organizations, the 2004 MEA Manager of the Year and the 2004 HRA Leadership awards. He has contributed his services to several committees and organizations: Council of Municipal Retiree Organizations, Greater Riverdale Chamber of Commerce, Fordham Bedford Community Coalition, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition Housing Committee and North Riverdale Baseball League.
Mr. Eber is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a BA in Political Science. Mr. Eber is a long-time resident of the Bronx, New York. He has two sons, three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Linda A. Barnes
Member Services Representative