Assemblyman Weisenberg’s Fallen Firefighter Law Signed by Governor

July 12, 2012
Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Nassau County) announced the governor has signed into law his legislation that will ensure the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty are included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial (A.10046).

“Today, New York State has finally rectified an injustice to our state firefighters,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg. “I am hopeful that Paul Brady's name will be quickly added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial where he rightfully belongs.”

Fallen firefighter Paul Brady’s family and colleagues had to fight in court for six years to have him placed on the State Fallen Firefighters Memorial, in Albany. While ultimately a state appellate court ruled in his favor*, the six years of anguish and delay for his family were unnecessary. Paul Brady had previously been designated by the U.S. Fire Service with on-duty status, and had been inscribed on the U.S. Fallen Firefighters Memorial, in Maryland.

“I am greatly appreciative to Governor Cuomo and his counsels, who provided valuable assistance in ensuring these firefighters are recognized for their sacrifice,” Assemblyman Weisenberg added.

* In the Matter of Malverne Volunteer Fire Department, et al., appellants, v New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, et al., respondents. NYSlip Op 05174 (2012 - A.D. 2d)