Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation That Could Expedite Processing of WTC-Related Disability Applications for FDNY Members
November 9, 2007
Mayor Bloomberg has signed New York City Council legislation that increases the number of FDNY Pension Fund Medical Boards that can be convened to review disability retirement applications filed by firefighters. Currently, a single Medical Board comprising three members is responsible for determining if FDNY members have been disabled by their work and the level of their disability.
When signing the legislation, Mayor Bloomberg noted that “FDNY has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of disability retirement applications since the tragic events of September 11th and the Department expects the number of firefighters applying for disability retirement to increase in the future. In many cases, a retirement application takes more than a year to process, a delay that burdens both the retiring employee and the FDNY.”
To date, more than 800 FDNY and EMS members have received disability benefits as a result of their response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The majority of these disabilities are respiratory in nature.
Read the mayoral press release