|SAME AS||No Same As|
|MLTSPNSR||Colton, Miller MG, Perry|
|Add §29-l, Exec L|
|Establishes the disaster preparedness first responder recognition program; names the initial first responders to receive recognition.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3949 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 31, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON, M. G. MILLER, PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the establishment of the disaster preparedness first responder recognition program and the honoring of certain retired firefighters who were killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Legislative declarations. The legislature hereby finds and 2 determines that there should be established a disaster preparedness 3 first responder recognition program to honor those brave men and women 4 who have given their lives as part of a disaster preparedness or first 5 response situation, in an effort to help, save and care for their fellow 6 man. 7 The legislature hereby further finds and declares that James J. 8 Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes, were retired New York city 9 firefighters at the time of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World 10 Trade Center Complex in the state and city of New York. That such 11 retired firefighters, James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. 12 Hayes, were at the scene of such September 11, 2001 attack, and with 13 great heroism, courage and dedication to their community and fellow man, 14 and without concern for themselves or their own personal safety or well 15 being, such retired firefighters James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and 16 Phillip T. Hayes bravely assisted the rescue and firefighting efforts at 17 the World Trade Center, and in so doing, gave their lives in the furth- 18 erance of such noble and benevolent efforts. 19 The legislature further hereby finds and declares, that the courageous 20 public service of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes, 21 evidenced by their commitment to, and concern for, their state, their 22 city and their fellow citizens, over and above any risk or personal EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07617-01-9A. 3949 2 1 peril they faced, as well as making the ultimate sacrifice as a result 2 of such service, demonstrates that these men and their surviving fami- 3 lies are deserving of the highest recognition, appreciation, honor and 4 gratitude that their state, their city, and their community can provide. 5 § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 29-l to read 6 as follows: 7 § 29-l. Disaster preparedness first responder recognition program. 1. 8 There is hereby created a disaster preparedness first responder recogni- 9 tion program. The purpose of such program is to provide recognition and 10 honor to those brave men and women who have given their lives as part of 11 a disaster preparedness or first response situation, in an effort to 12 help, save and care for their fellow man. The program shall be managed 13 and maintained jointly by the office of homeland security and the state 14 emergency management office. Each year, in coordination with the staff 15 at the office of homeland security and the state emergency management 16 office, the program shall honor three individuals from New York state 17 who deserve recognition and honor for their efforts. 18 2. There shall be three initial honorees of the disaster preparedness 19 first responder recognition program. Such initial honorees shall be 20 James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes. Such honoring 21 shall be in recognition of such retired firefighters who lost their 22 lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As part of their 23 status as initial honorees by the disaster preparedness first responder 24 recognition program, notwithstanding any provision of any general, 25 special, or local law to the contrary, the state of New York, the city 26 of New York and the fire department of the city of New York, shall 27 bestow, award and provide James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip 28 T. Hayes, and their families, with all the benefits, honors, merits, 29 ceremonies, recognitions, awards and status provided to any other fire- 30 fighter who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, 31 including but not limited to: 32 a. Posthumously awarding James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip 33 T. Hayes the Medal of Valor and the Special World Trade Center Medal of 34 Valor and presenting the same to the families of such men at a ceremony 35 held in their honor; 36 b. Adding the names of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. 37 Hayes to all monuments, memorials and tributes honoring the brave fire- 38 fighters from the city of New York who gave their lives in the World 39 Trade Center on September 11, 2001, including but not exclusive of 40 adding their names to the Wall of Honor at the Fire Department of the 41 city of New York's headquarters; 42 c. Posthumously retiring the badges of James J. Corrigan, William 43 Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes; 44 d. Establishing a picture memorial to James J. Corrigan, William Wren, 45 and Phillip T. Hayes in the firehouse in which each such firefighter 46 last served, commemorating such firefighters' service and acknowledging 47 their sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; 48 e. Establishing a picture memorial to James J. Corrigan, William Wren, 49 and Phillip T. Hayes in the office of homeland security and the state 50 emergency management office, commemorating such firefighters' service 51 and acknowledging their sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 52 11, 2001. 53 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the recog- 54 nition activities required by section two of this act shall be completed 55 on or before the ninetieth day from the date upon which this act shall 56 have become a law.