Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) introduced plans for a new minimum survivor benefit bill that would aim to give the families of fallen first responders a compensation package of at least $50,000 to $60,0000.
Prieto held a press conference inside North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue headquarters in West New York, located at 11 Port Imperial Blvd., this morning.
Joined by over a dozen North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue firefighters, including Chief Frank Montagne, Prieto explained that recent news events throughout the country – as well as a meeting with NHRF&R Union President Tim Colacci – led him to want to update the current legislation in New Jersey related to the families of deceased first responders.
Speaking with Hudson County View after the event, Prieto explained that currently, the family of a first responder killed in the line of duty receives 70 percent of their loved oneâ€™s salary – based on their earnings in the past year.
With this new first responder legislation, Prieto is hoping to see those families have a minimum livable wage of $50,000 to $60,000.
North Bergen Mayor/state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32), Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff and Colacci all also threw their support behind the bill – which is planned to be introduced next week.