October 22, 2019

Law amends special accidental death benefit available to the survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty


On October 22, 2019 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (Senate 3168-A/Assembly 4079-B) increasing special accidental death benefits [SADB] for "a widow or widower" and children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, increases cost of living benefits by 3 percent for a deceased's spouse or the deceased's children under the age of 18 or, if a student, under the age of 23 and certain "other eligible" individuals.

These bills also amend the General Municipal Law and the Retirement and Social Security Law by providing for the addition of 3 percent of the salary of the qualified deceased member used in the computation of the special accidental death benefit in cases where the date of death was before 2019.

In addition, these bills affect the SADB payable to eligible survivors of qualified deceased members of the:

New York CityEmployees' Retirement System (NYCERS);
New York CityPolice Pension Fund (POLICE); or
New York CityFire Pension Fund (FIRE)

and who were employed by one of the following employers in certain positions:

New York City Police Department - Uniformed Position;
New York CityFire Department - Uniformed Position;
New York City Department of Sanitation - Uniformed Position;
New York CityHousing Authority - Uniformed Position;
New York CityTransit Authority - Uniformed Position;
New York City Department of Correction - Uniformed Position;
New York City - Uniformed Position as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT);
New York CityHealth and Hospitals Corporation - Uniformed Position as EMT; or
The Triborough Bridgeand Tunnel Authority - Bridge and Tunnel Position.

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