For Immediate Release: September 15, 2006
Statement from Steve Cassidy on Stroke Bill Signing
New York City Firefighters have suffered strokes at increased levels, as compared to the general population, and this is of significant concern after a number of young firefighters have recently been stricken with career ending strokes. For this reason, the Stroke Bill was firefighters' top legislative priority for the last two-years.
After two years of revisions the bill ultimately passed the Senate and Assembly and the Governor determined the legislation was merited, due to the unique dangers of our firefighting duties.
Until this bill became law, when a firefighter's career was ended prematurely by a stroke, it was not considered to be work related.
New York City Firefighters thank Governor George Pataki for recognizing that career ending and life altering strokes are one of the additional risks and danger of our profession.
Our thanks also go out to Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and the bill's sponsors, Assemblyman Peter Abate and Senator Marty Golden as well as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Maria Baez who strongly supported the Home Rule Message underlining the vital significance of this legislation.