2004-02-27 / Community

Addabbo Sponsors Health Care Bill

Legislation sponsored by Council man Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chairman of the Council’s Civil Service and Labor Committee, that will allow the City to provide health care insurance coverage to surviving spouses or domes tic partners and children of de ceased uniformed correctional and sani tation workers, was passed by the committee and forwarded to the full Council.

Addabbo said the measure he introduced at the request of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, would extend the date of health coverage to these uniformed city employees to January 27, 2004 from February 18, 2000. This legislation would enable the City to cover the families of Michael Gennardo, a sanitation supervisor who was murdered while on duty and Eva Barrientos, the first woman killed in the line of duty.

"These city workers performed a noble act for city residents," said Ad dabbo. It seems only fitting that we extend the window that will allow their families the opportunity to obtain health benefits."

Michael Gennardo, 53, a 31-year veteran of the Sanitation Department, was murdered in the Brooklyn South No. 16 garage while working on the overnight shift. Gennardo is survived by his wife and three children.

On January 26, 2004 Eva Bar rien tos, 41, was fatally pinned by the mechanical arm of a front-loading garbage truck. She was a nine-year Sanitation Department veteran and was raising three children when she died.

"I was pleased that at my first hearing as Chairperson of the Civil Service and Labor Committee we were able to approve legislation that will provide needed benefits to the surviving families of dedicated city employees who pass away in the line of duty", Ad dabbo stated.

In other news, Addabbo stated that the Civil Service and Labor Com mit tee recently heard testimony regarding the negative affects of proposed federal legislation that would modify the current Federal Labor Standards Act and the United States Department of Labor’s recommendations to change overtime pay provisions.


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