|Lack of Reimbursement for Emergency Medical Services|
The Mandate: Pursuant to State Finance Law §54-e, municipalities may be reimbursed by the state for the cost of firefighting on state property. However, reimbursement to a municipality is prohibited when it provides emergency medical services on state property.
The Cost: Municipal governments, particularly those in which state offices or state colleges/universities are located, regularly expend resources providing emergency medical services on state property.
The Solution: The State Finance Law should be amended to include emergency medical services as a reimbursable service when provided on State property.