senate Bill S2480

Amended

Establishes the disaster preparedness first responder recognition program

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  • 17 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2480A

Summary

Establishes the disaster preparedness first responder recognition program; names the initial first responders to receive recognition.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2480
S2480A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง29-i, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4368
2009-2010: S5346
2007-2008: S5645

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BILL NUMBER:S2480

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
establishment of the disaster preparedness first responder recognition
program and the honoring of certain retired firefighters who were
killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

PURPOSE: This bill would permit the families of three retired
firefighters, who volunteered and assisted the New York City Fire
Department in the rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001, and in so doing lost their lives, to
receive the certain recognition and benefits that they have so earned.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Specifically, this bill would amend the
unconsolidated law to award the families of three retired firefighters
who volunteered and assisted the New York City Fire Department in the
rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center on September 11,
2001, with legacy credits for the loss of these retired firefighters,
and which due to an oversight in the present law, they are not
receiving. This bill would further insure that these three brave
firefighters receive the recognition from the City of New York and its
Fire Department that they deserve.

JUSTIFICATION: James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes,
were retired New York City firefighters at the time of the September
11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center Complex. They were at the
scene of such September 11, 2001 attack, and with great heroism,
courage and dedication to their community and fellow man, and without
concern for themselves or their own personal safety or well being such
retired firefighters James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T.
Hayes bravely assisted the rescue and firefighting efforts at the
World Trade Center, and in so doing, gave their lives in the
furtherance of such noble and benevolent efforts. The courageous
public service of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T.
Hayes, evidenced by their commitment to, and concern for, their state,
their city and their fellow citizens, over and above any risk or
personal peril they faced, as well as making the ultimate sacrifice as
a result of such service, demonstrates that these men and their
surviving families are deserving of the highest recognition,
appreciation, honor and gratitude that their state, their city, the
fire department of the city of New York and their community can
provide. This bill would provide their families with the legacy credit
benefits which they would have received had these men not been retired
at the time of their deaths, thereby not aggravating a penalty their
families have suffered for their public service. As such, the children
of these brave men would receive added points to their civil service
applications to become firefighters, and carry on their fathers;
tradition. It would also insure that they also be granted the same
recognition as firefighters on active duty received for their similar
and equally heroic sacrifice.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.4368 - Referred to Veterans/A.3726 - Referred to Governmental
Operations
2011: S.4368 - Referred to Finance/A.3726- Referred to Governmental
Operations


2010: S.5346 - Referred to Veterans/A.7464 - Referred to Governmental
Employees.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately, provided that
the recognition activities required by section two of this act shall
be completed on or before the 90th day from the date upon which this
act shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2480

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the  establishment  of
  the  disaster preparedness first responder recognition program and the
  honoring of certain retired firefighters who were killed at the  World
  Trade Center on September 11, 2001

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative declarations.  The legislature hereby finds and
determines that there should  be  established  a  disaster  preparedness
first  responder  recognition program to honor those brave men and women
who have given their lives as part of a disaster preparedness  or  first
response situation, in an effort to help, save and care for their fellow
man.
  The  legislature  hereby  further  finds  and  declares  that James J.
Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes, were retired New York city
firefighters at the time of the September 11, 2001 attack on  the  World
Trade  Center  Complex  in  the  state  and  city of New York. That such
retired firefighters, James J. Corrigan, William Wren,  and  Phillip  T.
Hayes,  were  at  the  scene of such September 11, 2001 attack, and with
great heroism, courage and dedication to their community and fellow man,
and without concern for themselves or their own personal safety or  well
being,  such  retired  firefighters James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and
Phillip T. Hayes bravely assisted the rescue and firefighting efforts at
the World Trade Center, and in so doing, gave their lives in the  furth-
erance of such noble and benevolent efforts.
  The legislature further hereby finds and declares, that the courageous
public service of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes,
evidenced  by  their  commitment to, and concern for, their state, their
city and their fellow citizens, over and  above  any  risk  or  personal

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03817-02-3

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peril  they  faced, as well as making the ultimate sacrifice as a result
of such service, demonstrates that these men and their  surviving  fami-
lies  are  deserving of the highest recognition, appreciation, honor and
gratitude that their state, their city, and their community can provide.
  S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 29-i to read
as follows:
  S 29-I. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FIRST RESPONDER RECOGNITION PROGRAM.  1.
THERE IS HEREBY CREATED A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FIRST RESPONDER RECOGNI-
TION  PROGRAM. THE PURPOSE OF SUCH PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE RECOGNITION AND
HONOR TO THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES AS PART OF
A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS OR FIRST RESPONSE SITUATION,  IN  AN  EFFORT  TO
HELP,  SAVE  AND CARE FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN. THE PROGRAM SHALL BE MANAGED
AND MAINTAINED BY  THE  DIVISION  OF  HOMELAND  SECURITY  AND  EMERGENCY
SERVICES.   EACH YEAR, IN COORDINATION WITH THE STAFF AT THE DIVISION OF
HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, THE PROGRAM SHALL HONOR  THREE
INDIVIDUALS  FROM  NEW  YORK STATE WHO DESERVE RECOGNITION AND HONOR FOR
THEIR EFFORTS.
  2. THERE SHALL BE THREE INITIAL HONOREES OF THE DISASTER  PREPAREDNESS
FIRST  RESPONDER  RECOGNITION  PROGRAM.  SUCH  INITIAL HONOREES SHALL BE
JAMES J. CORRIGAN, WILLIAM WREN, AND PHILLIP  T.  HAYES.  SUCH  HONORING
SHALL  BE  IN  RECOGNITION  OF  SUCH RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR
LIVES AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. AS PART OF  THEIR
STATUS  AS INITIAL HONOREES BY THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FIRST RESPONDER
RECOGNITION PROGRAM,  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  PROVISION  OF  ANY  GENERAL,
SPECIAL,  OR  LOCAL LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE CITY
OF NEW YORK AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF  THE  CITY  OF  NEW  YORK,  SHALL
BESTOW,  AWARD  AND PROVIDE JAMES J. CORRIGAN, WILLIAM WREN, AND PHILLIP
T. HAYES, AND THEIR FAMILIES, WITH ALL  THE  BENEFITS,  HONORS,  MERITS,
CEREMONIES,  RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS AND STATUS PROVIDED TO ANY OTHER FIRE-
FIGHTER WHO PERISHED AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON  SEPTEMBER  11,  2001,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  A.  POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDING JAMES J. CORRIGAN, WILLIAM WREN, AND PHILLIP
T. HAYES THE MEDAL OF VALOR AND THE SPECIAL WORLD TRADE CENTER MEDAL  OF
VALOR  AND PRESENTING THE SAME TO THE FAMILIES OF SUCH MEN AT A CEREMONY
HELD IN THEIR HONOR;
  B. ADDING THE NAMES OF JAMES J. CORRIGAN, WILLIAM WREN, AND PHILLIP T.
HAYES TO ALL MONUMENTS, MEMORIALS AND TRIBUTES HONORING THE BRAVE  FIRE-
FIGHTERS  FROM  THE  CITY  OF NEW YORK WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD
TRADE CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 11,  2001,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  EXCLUSIVE  OF
ADDING  THEIR  NAMES  TO THE WALL OF HONOR AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE
CITY OF NEW YORK'S HEADQUARTERS;
  C. POSTHUMOUSLY RETIRING THE BADGES  OF  JAMES  J.  CORRIGAN,  WILLIAM
WREN, AND PHILLIP T. HAYES;
  D. ESTABLISHING A PICTURE MEMORIAL TO JAMES J. CORRIGAN, WILLIAM WREN,
AND  PHILLIP  T.  HAYES  IN THE FIREHOUSE IN WHICH EACH SUCH FIREFIGHTER
LAST SERVED, COMMEMORATING SUCH FIREFIGHTERS' SERVICE AND  ACKNOWLEDGING
THEIR SACRIFICE AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001;
  E. ESTABLISHING A PICTURE MEMORIAL TO JAMES J. CORRIGAN, WILLIAM WREN,
AND  PHILLIP  T.  HAYES IN THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE STATE
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE, COMMEMORATING  SUCH  FIREFIGHTERS'  SERVICE
AND ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR SACRIFICE AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPTEMBER
11, 2001.
  S  3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the recog-
nition activities required by section two of this act shall be completed
on or before the ninetieth day from the date upon which this  act  shall
have become a law.

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