N.Y. Law Slashes Firefighter Disability Pensions

“Johnny Lungs” and “NASCAR Cliff” should consider themselves lucky.

The controversial new pension law approved by Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature slashes disability pensions for new firefighters by 50 percent.

Under so-called Tier 6, disability pensions for firefighters hired after April 1 will be 50 percent of final salary — down from the current 75 percent.

Sources said the lower disability pensions will discourage retirees from trying to game the system.

The Post yesterday reported on the case of Cliff Stabner, 55, a city firefighter who retired in 2003 with a three-quarter disability pension of $95,000.

He has resurfaced working with the safety-rescue crew at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

Previously, The Post exposed the retirement activities of John “Johnny Lungs” McLaughlin, the retired FDNY firefighter who received a disability pension for respiratory ailments, but was later found competing in marathons and decathlons.

Republished with permission of The New York Post

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