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A03949 Summary:

BILL NOA03949
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORWeprin (MS)
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRColton, Miller MG, Perry
 
Add 29-l, Exec L
 
Establishes the disaster preparedness first responder recognition program; names the initial first responders to receive recognition.
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A03949 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3949
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 31, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. WEPRIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON,
          M. G. MILLER, PERRY -- read once and  referred  to  the  Committee  on
          Governmental Operations
 
        AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to the establishment of
          the disaster preparedness first responder recognition program and  the
          honoring  of certain retired firefighters who were killed at the World
          Trade Center on September 11, 2001
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Legislative declarations.  The legislature hereby finds and
     2  determines  that  there  should  be  established a disaster preparedness
     3  first responder recognition program to honor those brave men  and  women
     4  who  have  given their lives as part of a disaster preparedness or first
     5  response situation, in an effort to help, save and care for their fellow
     6  man.
     7    The legislature hereby  further  finds  and  declares  that  James  J.
     8  Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes, were retired New York city
     9  firefighters  at  the time of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World
    10  Trade Center Complex in the state  and  city  of  New  York.  That  such
    11  retired  firefighters,  James  J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T.
    12  Hayes, were at the scene of such September 11,  2001  attack,  and  with
    13  great heroism, courage and dedication to their community and fellow man,
    14  and  without concern for themselves or their own personal safety or well
    15  being, such retired firefighters James J. Corrigan,  William  Wren,  and
    16  Phillip T. Hayes bravely assisted the rescue and firefighting efforts at
    17  the  World Trade Center, and in so doing, gave their lives in the furth-
    18  erance of such noble and benevolent efforts.
    19    The legislature further hereby finds and declares, that the courageous
    20  public service of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes,
    21  evidenced by their commitment to, and concern for,  their  state,  their
    22  city  and  their  fellow  citizens,  over and above any risk or personal
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1  peril they faced, as well as making the ultimate sacrifice as  a  result
     2  of  such  service, demonstrates that these men and their surviving fami-
     3  lies are deserving of the highest recognition, appreciation,  honor  and
     4  gratitude that their state, their city, and their community can provide.
     5    § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 29-l to read
     6  as follows:
     7    §  29-l. Disaster preparedness first responder recognition program. 1.
     8  There is hereby created a disaster preparedness first responder recogni-
     9  tion program. The purpose of such program is to provide recognition  and
    10  honor to those brave men and women who have given their lives as part of
    11  a  disaster  preparedness  or  first response situation, in an effort to
    12  help, save and care for their fellow man. The program shall  be  managed
    13  and  maintained jointly by the office of homeland security and the state
    14  emergency management office. Each year, in coordination with  the  staff
    15  at  the  office  of homeland security and the state emergency management
    16  office, the program shall honor three individuals from  New  York  state
    17  who deserve recognition and honor for their efforts.
    18    2.  There shall be three initial honorees of the disaster preparedness
    19  first responder recognition program.  Such  initial  honorees  shall  be
    20  James  J.  Corrigan,  William  Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes. Such honoring
    21  shall be in recognition of such  retired  firefighters  who  lost  their
    22  lives  at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As part of their
    23  status as initial honorees by the disaster preparedness first  responder
    24  recognition  program,  notwithstanding  any  provision  of  any general,
    25  special, or local law to the contrary, the state of New York,  the  city
    26  of  New  York  and  the  fire  department of the city of New York, shall
    27  bestow, award and provide James J. Corrigan, William Wren,  and  Phillip
    28  T.  Hayes,  and  their  families, with all the benefits, honors, merits,
    29  ceremonies, recognitions, awards and status provided to any other  fire-
    30  fighter  who  perished  at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001,
    31  including but not limited to:
    32    a. Posthumously awarding James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and  Phillip
    33  T.  Hayes the Medal of Valor and the Special World Trade Center Medal of
    34  Valor and presenting the same to the families of such men at a  ceremony
    35  held in their honor;
    36    b. Adding the names of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T.
    37  Hayes  to all monuments, memorials and tributes honoring the brave fire-
    38  fighters from the city of New York who gave their  lives  in  the  World
    39  Trade  Center  on  September  11,  2001,  including but not exclusive of
    40  adding their names to the Wall of Honor at the Fire  Department  of  the
    41  city of New York's headquarters;
    42    c.  Posthumously  retiring  the  badges  of James J. Corrigan, William
    43  Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes;
    44    d. Establishing a picture memorial to James J. Corrigan, William Wren,
    45  and Phillip T. Hayes in the firehouse in  which  each  such  firefighter
    46  last  served, commemorating such firefighters' service and acknowledging
    47  their sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001;
    48    e. Establishing a picture memorial to James J. Corrigan, William Wren,
    49  and Phillip T. Hayes in the office of homeland security  and  the  state
    50  emergency  management  office,  commemorating such firefighters' service
    51  and acknowledging their sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September
    52  11, 2001.
    53    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the  recog-
    54  nition activities required by section two of this act shall be completed
    55  on  or  before the ninetieth day from the date upon which this act shall
    56  have become a law.
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