Category: LOSAP Point System

  • Yesterday, December 3, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.79, which continued the State Disaster Emergency through January 1, 2021.  Although this was expected, we now know officially that the time period for which points could be awarded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic is from March 7, 2020 to December 31, 2020. This…

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  • As a result of the Governor extending the State Disaster Emergency to October 4, 2020, it has highlighted some confusion about the new legislation that allows sponsors to credit up to five (5) points per month during this Emergency. We thought it could be helpful to analyze the statute a different way, with the hopes…

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  • On Friday afternoon (September 4, 2020), Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.60, which “continued” the declared State Disaster Emergency until October 4, 2020. The original order that declared the Emergency was 202, and there have now been 61 “continuations” of that original order. (There was an order 202.55.1 if you are wondering if we can…

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  • It has been 6+ weeks since the new legislation authorizing LOSAP sponsors to award points during the COVID-19 pandemic was enacted. We thought it would be helpful to answer a few “frequently asked questions” we have received about the legislation. As with any interpretation of statute, we suggest reviewing everything with your attorney before taking…

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  • The bill we have been tracking since the end of April was signed into law today as Chapter 113 of the Laws of 2020. ​This bill will allow municipal sponsors to award up to five (5) points for each complete month during which fire department activities were cancelled or special response protocols were in place…

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  • The legislation that would allow a municipal sponsor of a LOSAP to award up to 5 points per month during the current COVID-19 pandemic has been passed by the Assembly and Senate. We now await for the Governor to sign it into law. You can read more about it at our previous blog post here:covid-19-losap-bill-amended-progressing.html

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  • *5/28/2020 UPDATE – The bill was passed by both houses – we now just need the Governor’s signature for it to become law* The bill that would amend the General Municipal Law to address LOSAP points during the COVID-19 pandemic has been amended and appears poised to make progress through the legislature. The amended bill,…

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  • Recently, a bill was introduced to address LOSAP points during the COVID-19 pandemic legislatively. You can read more about it HERE. Despite this new proposed legislation, we thought we’d share an approach that we believe fits into the parameters of the current statute and may offer the relief some departments are looking for.  This approach centers…

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  • *EDIT*  – This blog post was based on the original version of the bill. You can read about the most current version by clicking here: covid-19-losap-bill-amended-progressing.html Bill S8251 was introduced in the Senate on April 27, 2020. It was then amended May 6, 2020 to include ​an amendment to the sections of the General Municipal Law that…

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  • Since LOSAP started here in NY effective 1/1/1990, technology has improved and increased in usage. Manual sign-in sheets have been replaced with key-fobs and fingerprint readers. Pagers have been replaced with apps such as IamResponding. Online training classes are becoming the norm rather than the exception. With any system or process, it is important to…

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