Press Releases

For Release July 20, 2017

UFA Leaders Applaud Governor Cuomo, Legislature on Passage of Law to Expand Disability Benefits for Public Employees

NEW YORK CITY – Today, Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) President Gerard Fitzgerald, Vice President Leroy McGinnis and the rest of the executive board, attended a bill signing by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that will expand accidental disability benefits for public employees. The 3/4 Disability Reform Bill will give uniformed NYC firefighters, police officers, correction officer and sanitation workers increased access to the pension protections they have earned through their service to the City.

“This law ensures that our members can go to work every single day on behalf of families, friends and neighbors without having to worry about whether or not their own families will be provided for adequately in the event they are injured on the job,” said UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald. “We commend Governor Cuomo and the members of the legislature for their commitment to making sure all workers have quality benefits and are under the same pension protections.”

This law will impact over 2,000 UFA members, specifically those workers hired after 2009. Anyone who is injured on the job and will need to collect accidental disability pension will now have access to ¾ of their pension savings, leveling the playing field by giving them the same rate that older employees enjoyed prior to 2009.

“Today is a special day for many of our hardworking men and women who keep New York City safe,” said UFA Vice President Leroy McGinnis. “A worker should have access to eminent benefits regardless of their current eligibility and we are pleased to see that thousands of our members will now be eligible to receive the benefits they have earned.”

UFA leadership was present at the bill signing today with Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and others.

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