2021 New York State Fire Service Alliance Legislative Agenda
2021 Issues of United Concern
Each year, the New York State Fire Service Alliance, consisting of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, County Fire Coordinators’ Association of the State of New York, New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, and Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, develops and forwards Issues of United Concern to the New York State Legislature for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. The Fire Service Alliance reviews each organization’s legislative agenda and adopts a list of priorities to uniformly advocate for in the year ahead. Additionally, each organization will promote laws specific to their particular membership needs.
Meeting virtually, members of the Fire Service Alliance adopted the 2021 Issues of United Concern on December 5, 2020. The list below incorporates NYSAFC’s legislative agenda for 2021, as developed by the association’s Government Affairs Committee, and reflects renewed effort to strengthen New York’s building and fire codes.
Cost Recovery for Fire Department Ambulance Service:
Provides that authorities having control of a fire department or fire company that provides emergency medical services may establish fees and charges for services. This previously proposed initiative (S-3685-A/A-1778-A) was passed in the Senate during the last session, but difficulties were encountered in lobbying for its passage in the Assembly. As a result of ongoing discussions with the different entities, it is felt that 2021 may be the year for passage. (A.534, Jones)
Increase VFBL Benefits:
VFBL temporary total disability increase in an attempt to achieve parity with workers’ compensation payments. (A.1324, Magnarelli)
Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Standards:
Support legislative efforts to remove carcinogenic chemical retardants and materials from upholstered furniture sold in New York state. (Old Bill Number: A.6260, Gunther/ S.6512, Harkham)
Legislative Initiative in Support of Enforcement of Building Fire and Safety Code Violations:
- Amending the Executive Law, in relation to subjecting owners who knew or should have known about an alteration in violation of the Uniform Code, to a civil penalty.
- Amending the Executive Law, in relation to expanding remedies for violations of New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and
- Create penalties on building owners of up to $7,500 for violations of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code that impede egress during a fire or other emergency evacuation.
- Support and work with the New York State Building Officials Conference in their efforts to educate the Legislature on the many building code related bills that were introduced in 2020.
Relates to allowing for a program sponsor to amend a point system as part of a service award program.
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