Provides that any firefighter who is killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the fallen firefighters memorial.
Ayes (34): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Squadron
Excused (1): Farley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the New York state fallen firefighters memorial
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides that any firefighter who is killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the fallen firefighters memorial
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The Executive Law is amended by adding a new section 159-a which expands inclusion on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial, and directs the Fallen Firefighter Selection Committee to amend its election criteria to comply with this new section.
JUSTIFICATION: Before its inception in 1995, the operation and mission of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial was decided through an extensive collaboration between the Executive branch and firefighters from across the state, including paid and non-paid.
It was decided then, under Governor George Pataki, that any firefighter despite receiving a salary or not, deserved to be recognized and remembered by having their name inscribed on the wall in New York state's capital.
On April 30, 1998, James McGowan (a retired PUNY lieutenant), Gunnar Nielsen, (who at the time was president of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York), and Governor Pataki decided that the criterion was to be as follows:
1. The person must be a bona fide member of a recognized Fire protection Prevention organization.
2. The person must be engaged in a "line of duty" activity.
3. The death must be a direct and proximate result of the line of duty injury.
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial is a source of pride and honor for every firefighter in our state. The annual October ceremony draws firefighters from every company in New York. In gathering together to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the ceremony and the Memorial become a source of healing.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010: S.8450 - Referred to Rules S.6628 - Referred to Local Government
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7458 IN SENATE May 22, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. SKELOS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the New York state fallen firefighters memorial THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 159-a to read as follows: S 159-A. INCLUSION ON THE FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL. IN THE CASE OF A DEATH OF A FIREFIGHTER, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DEATH OCCURRED BEFORE, ON, OR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THAT RESULTS FROM SERVICES PERFORMED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AS DETERMINED BY AN AUTHOR- ITATIVE AGENCY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD, THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OR THE OFFICE OF FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL, THE NAME OF THAT FIREFIGHTER SHALL BE INSCRIBED UPON THE NEW YORK STATE FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL ON THE CAPITOL MALL IN ALBANY. THE FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL SELECTION COMMITTEE SHALL AMEND ITS ELECTION CRITERIA SO THAT IT IS NOT IN CONFLICT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15495-01-2