NY Governor Signs Bill Increasing Death Benefits For Families Of First Responders

Kiantone Fire Department. File image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.

ALBANY – New York State’s Governor signed legislation Tuesday increasing special accidental death benefits for spouses and children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says specifically, the new law increases cost of living benefits by three percent for the deceased’s spouse or the deceased’s children under the age of 18 or, if a student, under the age of 23.

“Police and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty are mothers, fathers, husbands and wives – and the family members they leave behind must be properly cared for,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this measure, we continue to honor these brave first responders and better help ensure their families get the support and the benefits they deserve.”

This legislation goes into effect immediately.


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