For Release May 4, 2015
Police-Fire Coalition May 6 "March For Equality"
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) and Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) announce that in deference and respect to NYPD Officer Brian Moore and his family, the two unions are indefinitely postponing their May 6 “March for Equality” up Broadway to City Hall. The march was to address the line of duty disability inequity faced by New York City Police Officers and Firefighters hired since July 2009.
There are currently more than 8,000 NYPD Police Officers and 1,400 FDNY Firefighters hired since July 1, 2009, who would receive woefully inadequate disability protections amounting to as little as $27 per day, if permanently disabled in the line of duty.
Both the PBA and UFA firmly believe that the City of New York has a moral obligation to every police officer and firefighter, should they be permanently disabled protecting the lives of New Yorkers. Bills pending in the New York State Legislature (S4269 Golden / A 6046 Abbate) would grant police officers and firefighters hired under Tier 3 the same disability protections as those hired earlier under Tier 2. State lawmakers have been waiting many months for the City Council to pass a “home rule” resolution in support of the bills.
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