THE NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION, INC

THE POLICE CONFERENCE OF NEW YORK, INC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 3, 2011

Contact:
IVIichael T. McManus (518) 436-8827 profire@nyspffa.org

Uniformed Fire and Police Groups Oppose Mandate Relief Report Recommendation to Create a New Tier VI
NYSPHA and PCNY strongly oppose creation of a new pension tier

ALBANY, N.Y. — On March 1, 2011 the Mandate Relief Redesign Team (MRRT) released its preliminary recommendations calling for the creation of a Tier VI in, among other state retirement systems, the New York State Police and Fire Retirement System (NYSPFRS). The NYSPFFA and PCNY were asked to join the MRRT subsequent to the issuance of Executive Order #6 on January 5, 2011. This recommendation completely disregards the shared sacrifice of New York State's Uniformed Fire and Police who agreed to significant pension system reforms through the enactment of Tier V in 2010. As enacted, the Tier V reform was designed to save taxpayers approximately $35 billion over the next 30 years. With the ink barely dry on Tier V and the designated savings yet to be realized, the MRRT recommendation to create a Tier VI is significantly premature. Furthermore, no final meeting of the Redesign Team was held to review the MRRT recommendations and, similar to the statements of other MRRT representatives, the NYSPFFA and PCNY were not given the opportunity to review the draft document before it was released to the media.

The NYSPFFA and PCNY call on the MRRT to continue its discussions and focus on recommendations which, unlike the creation of a new pension Tier, would result in immediate savings to the State and its local governments.
- 30 The New York State Professional Fire Fighters, I.A.F.F. AFL-CIO (NYSPFFA) represents approximately 18,000 members in 103 Locals in various cities, villages and towns ranging from 8,500 members to 4 members. The NYSPFFA website is: www.profire.org The Police Conference of New York, Inc. (PCNY) is a statewide organization which was founded in 1925 and now represents 200 PBA's plus 8 regional conferences and one retired police association, with a total of 25,000 police officers throughout the State. The PCNY website is: www.pcny.org/

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