The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, a not-for-profit corporation, works to improve the fiscal responsibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the fire district management through education, training and advocacy for commissioners and other fire district officials in the 57 counties outside of the City of New York.

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FAQ's on the Cancer Bill signed by the Governor October 22, 2017!!
This bill provides financial assistance for volunteer firefighters who develop certain kinds of cancer..
Q. Who Qualifies?                                                                                                  Q. What is the minimum length of service to qualify?
A. Interior Firefighters Only                                                                                      A. Five (5) years as an interior firefighter  

Q. Are yearly mask-fit tests required?                                                                 Q. Is a physical required?
A. Yes, at least five (5) of them                                                                                A. Yes, from entry into service with no evidence of cancer at that time

Q. Is a diagnosis of cancer required to get the benefits?                                 Q. What cancers are covered?
A. Yes, diagnosis must be made after law goes into effect                                   A. Prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, reproductive and melanoma                                       
Q. What does "presumptive" mean in this situation?                                               Q. Can firefighters collect for more than one (1) diagnosis of these cancers?          
A. These cancers are automatically believed to be caused                                    A. Yes
Q. Where does the money come from?                                                                 Q. Who pays for this?
A. The money comes from an insurance policy covering each                             A. The firefighter's district, company or department or whoever currntly pays for VFBL coverage                 and every interior firefigher      
Q. How much can a firefighter receive?                                                                Q. Is there a lump sum payment per diagnosis?
A. There is a life cap of $50,000.00                                                                           A. Yes, wither $6,250 or $25,000, depending on the severity of the disease                                                                                                                                               

Q. Is there a monthly payment upon total disability?                                          Q. Is there any payment ot beneficiaries of the firefighter if he or she dies?       
A. Yes $1,500 a month for up to 36 months                                                              A. Yes, $50,000

Q. Once signed into law, is there a deadline for start of coverage?
A. Yes, January 1, 2019

Sources: Senate bill S1411B, Assembly bill A711B 

When Will My Bill Be Considered By The Governor?

Since the Legislature is in recess until the start of the next session, all of the intervening days are "legislative days", meaning bills can still be introduced and acted on.  So even though session ended in June, they can introduce bills or act on them until December and can also return if they need to.  All bills that have passed both houses will need to be acted on by the Governor before they take effect.

The bill that is delivered to the Governor is one that passed either the Senate or Assembly first.  Normally, bills should be delivered to the Governor within 45 days of passing both houses.  But due to the volume of bills passing in June, bills are sent over in batches to the Governor.  A reasonable number of bills are sent at a time so the Governor can give consideration to all of the bills without being overwhelmed by all bills at the same time.  Once they are delivered to the Governor, he has 10 day to act on the bill (not including holidays or Sundays).  This process continues until December - until the start of the new session in January.  If he does not act on a bill within 10 days (while the current session is still active), it goes to the "10 day rule", which means if he doesn't veto the bill, it is automatically law.

Any bills that are still active (the ones he has not signed or vetoed) when the new session starts, go into the "30 day rule". If these bills are not signed within 30 days,  they are automatically vetoed, and he is not required to write a Veto Message explaining why he vetoed the bill.  This is known as a Pocket Veto.

Bills are selected based on their effective date and level of importance.


The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York monitors important legislation that may affect the Associations Fire District membership. The Association has and will continue to work diligently to maintain a good working relationship with executive, legislative and judicial branches of NYS and National governments.

The Association of Fire Districts employs the Vandervort Group in Albany, New York.  We are fortunate that the entire staff lead by Todd Vandervoort is at our disposal and works diligently for the Association and the good of the fire service.  Co-incidentally the Vandervoort Group is also retained by the Association of Fire Chiefs which has provided us with a symbiotic relationship and has drawn the fire service organizations together.  In addition FASNY retains ASA Government Affairs who works closely with the Vandervoort group closing the loop and providing a potent legislative force representing all aspects of the fire service in New York State.


Your involvement and actions are helpful to our success each year. If you wish to be notified on the important legislative items needing action, please be sure to join the AFDSNY mailing list on the Home Page.


Legislative progress is regularly reported on the Home Page (Legislative Alerts) and tracked in more detail within the “Legislative Center” - Current Legislative Report / Scorecard section “of the website: Click here: http://www.afdsny.org/current_legislative_report_s.php or published in The Fire District Affairs.


While volunteer first responders throughout New York State belong to a variety of local, county and statewide educational and advocacy groups and organizations representing the fire service, they are strongly connected by their commitment to public service and desire to assist their neighbors. Additionally, they are united in their efforts to influence legislation which may positively or negatively impact the operation of fire districts and departments statewide.

The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York is pleased to be sponsor for many of these initiatives and a supporter of all issues of united concern. The link below is the "2017 Issues of United Concern" supported by the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York. County Fire Coordinators’ Association of the State of New York, and New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association .