Permanent Disability Improvement Bill is on Gov. Cuomo’s Desk – Write the Governor Now!

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A bill that would improve the VFBL benefits for permanently disabled volunteer firefighters has landed on Governor Cuomo’s desk, meaning he will sign or veto it in the very near future.

We need you to write the Governor’s office, urging him to sign this vital bill. It will help to take care of those who have given their livelihoods in service to their fellow citizens, and ensures that they are properly cared for. This bill is for firefighters like Michael Nicholson, of Bushnell’s Basin, who was hit by a car at the age of 17 while operating at an incident in 1972.

This bill is sponsored by State Senator Rich Funke and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, both of Rochester, and would increase the weekly VFBL benefit for disabled firefighters from $400 to $600. The last increase came nearly a decade ago, and the current benefit has not kept pace with cost-of-living increases.

Help those who need it most!