Weisenberg Continues to Seek Justice for Long Island Firefighter

May 31, 2012
Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Nassau County) announced the Assembly passed legislation that would ensure the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty are included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial (A.10046). Under this legislation, the name of fallen Long Island Firefighter, Paul Brady, will be inscribed on the state monument.

“Firefighters put their lives at risk every day, keeping our communities safe,” Weisenberg said. “While there is no way to repay the families of firefighters who make the ultimate sacrifice, this memorial is a way for New York to recognize and honor their service.”

Paul Brady was a member of the Malverne Fire Department for six years and died while on duty. According to state and federal law, he was engaged in line of duty activity at the time of his death, which includes testing fire equipment, fire alarms and water supply systems. The U.S. Fire Administration designated Brady with on-duty status. While his name is inscribed on the U.S. Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland, it has been barred from the state Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany.

The legislation’s final language is currently being negotiated by Assemblyman Weisenberg with Senator Dean Skelos and the governor’s office. Assemblyman Weisenberg is hopeful that this legislation will be approved by the Senate and governor before the end of session in June.

“I will continue to work to get this important legislation signed into law,” Assemblyman Weisenberg said. “I will not rest until Paul Brady and other firefighters who died in the line of duty receive the recognition they deserve from the state.”