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The City University of New York offers a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of its employees and their families, including health, welfare, retirement and other programs. Your benefits program is based on your category of staff. As your needs evolve over time, you will be able to make certain changes to your coverage during the Annual Transfer Period, or within 30 days of a qualifying event.
You will receive an invitation by email to a Benefits Orientation, which will explain in detail the benefits options available to you. Click on the link below for an overview of the benefits programs that CUNY offers, and come prepared with any questions to the Benefits Orientation.
If you have additional questions following the Benefits Orientation, please contact your Benefits Office at 718.997.5765.
Please note:

Through the joint efforts of the City of New York Office of Labor Relations and the City’s Unions, represented by the Municipal Labor Committee, there are important changes to the GHI Comprehensive Benefits Plan (CBP) and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Plan and the HIP HMO plan that will become effective on July 1, 2016.

Important Changes to HIP HMO Effective July 1, 2016

Important Changes to DC 37 Med-Team Effective July 1, 2016 

Important Changes to GHI-CBP Effective July 1, 2016

Transitioning to Retirement Seminar Announcement

For some time, the Office of Labor Relations have been aware that there is no place in the City for employees transitioning to retirement to get complete information regarding their health insurance and how their coverage will change. 


The Office of Labor Relations has designed a seminar called Transitioning to Retirement which will be offered at 40 Rector Street, on the 3rd floor.  To ensure that employees have all the necessary information to take full advantage of the benefits available to them, we are encouraging employees transitioning to retirement to make the Health Benefits Program one of their stops on the way to retirement. 


The first such seminar will be on June 2, 2016.  There will be a seminar each week, with alternating lunchtime and after-work sessions.  Employees can sign up for these seminars on the OLR website at  Alternatively, you may visit and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find the Transition to Retirement flyer under “Featured Items.” By clicking this flyer, you will be linked directly to the Eventbrite registration page.

In addition, a two-part video which addresses these issues has been developed.  The videos can be found on the OLR website at:

Part One (5:12):

Part Two (4:13):


While many questions will be answered in these videos, individual and personal issues can best be dealt with on a one-on-one basis at a seminar.


If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Megnath at ext. 75765.

Do you commute? Chances are you can save through the Commuter Benefits Program.

Train. Bus. Subway. Paratransit. Parking your car at the station.  However you ride, your new, expanded Commuter Benefits Program – presented by The City University of New York and administered by WageWorks – will give you more and better ways to save.



 Contact Information


For Benefit & Retirement Information Contact:

Sharon Megnath
Compensation & Benefits Manager

Casey Martinez
Benefits Coordinator





 Related Links


 Reasonable Accommodation

​​Reasonable Accommodation Presentation

QC Accommodation Form​

Plan Representatives:
Halliday Financial Services (HRC)
Katherine Piscopo Stein - 516.671.1099 ext 358 or

Christopher J. Vargas - 631.851.5864 or

NYS Deferred Compensation Plan
Kamaljit Singh - 800.422.8463 ext. 8544072 or

Narcisse Dargenson - 866.843.5640 or


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