- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law increasing disability retirement benefits for recently hired New York City firefighters.

Addressing a gathering of firefighters Thursday in Manhattan, Cuomo says it’s an injustice for that group of 2,300 to have lower benefits than others for a dangerous job that’s getting harder, with a 12 percent increase in calls last year and with the department still not at full roster of 8,600.

The law would provide accidental disability retirement benefits equal to three-quarters of average wages measured over five years, also removing a Social Security offset.

Legislative sponsors say this compromise, agreed to by the city and public employee unions, requires those eligible to initially contribute an additional two percent of wages that may be raised to a maximum of three percent.

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