senate Bill S5909

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a temporary task force on the variable supplements fund program

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Civil Service And Pensions Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

Your Voice

do you support this bill?

Please enter your contact information

Home address is used to determine the senate district in which you reside. Your support or opposition to this bill is then shared immediately with the senator who represents you.

Optional services from the NY State Senate:

Create an account. An account allows you to officially support or oppose key legislation, sign petitions with a single click, and follow issues, committees, and bills that matter to you. When you create an account, you agree to this platform's terms of participation.

Include a custom message for your Senator? (Optional)

Enter a message to your senator. Many New Yorkers use this to share the reasoning behind their support or opposition to the bill. Others might share a personal anecdote about how the bill would affect them or people they care about.


view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to civil service and pensions
Jun 26, 2013 referred to rules


view additional co-sponsors

S5909 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S1031, A1630
2017-2018: S1424
2019-2020: S3107
2021-2022: S2681

S5909 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a temporary task force on the variable supplements fund program to make findings and recommendations.

S5909 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5909 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 26, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT establishing a temporary task force on variable supplements fund


  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The variable supplements fund (VSF)
program was enacted in 1970 to provide supplementation to the retirement
allowance of New York city police and fire  retirement  system  members.
Since  the  enactment  of  the legislation establishing the VSF program,
much controversy has been generated by the exclusion of disability reti-
rees from eligibility for the benefit. Although a small  number  of  New
York city disability retirees were permitted to receive VSF supplementa-
tion  benefits  as a result of technical correction legislation approved
during previous years, the lack of clarity in defining  VSF  eligibility
and  the  continued exclusion of most disabled firefighters from receipt
of this benefit has been a cause of much frustration and  confusion  for
disability pensioners.
  While  it  is  recognized  that  any amendment to the VSF will require
careful study and consideration of the  issues  involved,  the  legisla-
ture's  interest  in  ensuring  fairness  and equity demand such review.
Because the legislature does not accept this responsibility lightly,  it
hereby  declares that the establishment of a temporary task force, to be
known as the temporary task force on the variable supplements  fund,  is
both warranted and required.
  S  2.  1.  A  temporary  task force, to be known as the temporary task
force on the variable supplements fund, is hereby created to examine and
investigate such issues as are related to the  exclusion  of  disability
pensioners from the VSF.
  2. The temporary task force shall have the power to:
  (a)  conduct  public hearings in furtherance of the performance of its
duties under this act;

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


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.