Sen. Proposes Bill To Help Fund College Tuition For Children Of Slain Officers, Firefighters

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly $2 million has been raised to pay for the college tuition for the four daughters of slain New York City police officer Peter Figoski.

Now, Sen. Kenneth LaValle has introduced a bill which would provide children of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty with an annual award.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

“This one situation really brought to light that our public policy was not adequate,” La Valle said.

Currently, children of slain officers and firefighters are entitled to $450 a year for college.

La Valle’s bill would provide children with money equal to the State University of New York undergraduate tuition, including the cost of room and board.

The amount would be about $15,000 a year.

Figoski was gunned down during a botched robbery in Cypress Hills. Five men have been charged with murder.

  • Native New Yorker

    Of course it’s a State legislator who proposes saddling New York City residents – and ONLY City residents – with yet another unfunded mandate. Remember that the widows and children already get TAX-FREE, INFLATION-ADJUSTED pensions for the rest of their lives. (That benefit is a key part of why the police and fire unions don’t want City residents joining their ranks.)

    • Michael H.

      where does it say that only nyc residents will foot this bill?

      • Lawn-Guy Land

        CITY police. CITY fire. Therefore, CITY taxpayers.

    • bullett

      NNY, you beat me too it, thanks.

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