The Mandate: Municipalities are not allowed to participate in the process to consider the merits of a disability retirement application filed by, or on behalf of, a member of the New York State Police and Fire Retirement System. This prohibition denies the opportunity for disability benefit administrators to obtain additional information relevant to the merits of an application. In the past, disability pensions have been improperly granted due to the fact that disability benefit administrators were not presented with all of the facts.
The Cost: The cost of disability pensions for the members of the NYS Police and Fire Retirement System are paid totally by taxpayers.
The Solution: Permit municipal employers to be participants in any disability retirement proceeding conducted by the New York State Police and Fire Retirement System.