Catherine DiChiaro


I implore you to find some way to restore our COLA.  I retired in 2002 and was legally promised a COLA by contract.  I taught in Smithfield which did not contribute to Social Security.  Due to other employment, I do get a reduce SS each month.  I became a widow in Dec of 2022.  I am not able to collect my husband's SS, about $2500 per month.  He was not in education nor worked for a municipality.  Here is the formula: 

His SS - my SS, then I collect 1/4 of that, $59. per month.  This is a travesty and a hardship in light of no cost of living increase.

Please right the wrong that was done to so many dedicated teachers.

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