According to the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been sitting on a bill that would give volunteer firefighters cancer benefits.
The group gathered with local politicians and civilians Tuesday at Williamsville’s Hutchinson Hose Company to call him out about it.
According to them, the bill has been sitting on Cuomo’s desk since it passed both houses back in June. If signed, it would provide substantial medical benefits to volunteer firefighters who develop cancer as a result of the job.
The group says those diagnoses have been on the rise due to the contaminants they’re exposed to on a daily basis.
“We can recruit all the firefighters we want in New York State. But if we don’t retain a healthy firefighter, then what are we doing for our communities?” said Brian McQueen, former FASNY director.
The group is also asking supporters to send Cuomo an email through the FASNY website or call his office directly at 518-474-8390.