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Statement from Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City, On Disability Pensions for NYC’s Uniformed Employees

“The business community strongly supports our city’s uniformed services and, particularly, those police officers and fire fighters who are severely disabled in the course of their work. But disability pensions must be contained or the city will not be able to make other important investments, including funds for law enforcement. Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, along with 31 of her colleagues, have shown courage and leadership by supporting a bill that improves the current disability pension system for uniformed personnel while reining in escalating costs. Their actions protect both the integrity of the pension system and the fiscal condition of a city that needs to shepherd its resources to meet a broad range of needs. The state legislature should not override the Mayor and the Speaker’s responsible management of one of the highest cost burdens on local government, nor should Albany be imposing more unfunded mandates on the city.”