Authorizes retired firefighters to be employed as fire science instructors by career and technical education centers without reduction of their retirement benefits.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to authorizing retired firefighters to be employed as instructor of fire sciences by a career and technical education center without diminution of his or her retirement benefits
PURPOSE: To allow retired firefighters with knowledge and expertise in the profession to train the future generation of young firefighters without diminution of his or her retirement benefits.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1-Amends the retirement and social security law by adding a new section 214-c. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or the provisions of any state or local law or charter to the contrary, no retired person who retired from fire service as a member of the New York state and local police and fire retirement system or the New York fire department pension fund, and who is employed by a career and technical education center as an instructor in a fire science program approved by the education department, shall have his or her retirement allowance or benefits suspended or reduced because of compensation earned by such retired person from service as a fire science instructor.
Section 2- This act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would permit retired firefighters to receive their pension payments while earning compensation for employment by a career and technical education center as an instructor in a fire science program approved by the education department. Retired firefighters possess the training, skills, and experience which make them an excellent resource of knowledge for New York's future generation of firefighters. Permitting such highly qualified retired public employees to receive pension payments while being employed as fire science instructors would provide an incentive for those retirees to pass on the knowledge that was acquired throughout their years of service to a new generation of firefighters.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012: S.4239-A-Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: See fiscal note.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 274--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. LARKIN, BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to authorizing retired firefighters to be employed as instructor of fire sciences by a career and technical education center without diminution of his or her retirement benefits THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The retirement and social security law is amended by adding a new section 214-c to read as follows: S 214-C. EMPLOYMENT OF CERTAIN RETIRED PERSONS WHO RETIRED FROM FIRE SERVICE. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER OR THE PROVISIONS OF ANY STATE OR LOCAL LAW OR CHARTER TO THE CONTRARY, NO RETIRED PERSON WHO RETIRED FROM FIRE SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE AND LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT PENSION FUND, AND WHO IS EMPLOYED BY A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER AS AN INSTRUCTOR IN A FIRE SCIENCE PROGRAM APPROVED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SHALL HAVE HIS OR HER RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE OR BENEFITS SUSPENDED OR REDUCED BECAUSE OF COMPENSATION EARNED BY SUCH RETIRED PERSON FROM SERVICE AS A FIRE SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. FISCAL NOTE.--This bill would allow retired firefighters of the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System or the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund to work as a fire science instructor in a program approved by the New York State Department of Education and to continue to receive their retirement benefit.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01352-03-3 S. 274--A 2 If this bill is enacted, insofar as it will affect the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System, we expect few retirees to be affected. There would be negligible additional annual costs. Summary of relevant resources: Data: March 31, 2012 Actuarial Year End File with distributions of membership and other statistics displayed in the 2012 Report of the Actuary and 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Assumptions and Methods: 2010, 2011 and 2012 Annual Report to the Comptroller on Actuarial Assumptions, Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York: Audit and Control. Market Assets and GASB Disclosures: March 31, 2012 New York State and Local Retirement System Financial Statements and Supplementary Informa- tion. Valuations of Benefit Liabilities and Actuarial Assets: summarized in the 2012 Actuarial Valuations report. I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali- fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein. This estimate, dated January 29, 2013 and intended for use only during the 2013 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2013-74, prepared by the Actuary for the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.