Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston announced Thursday that Assembly bill 10227-A passed and now awaits action in the State Senate. The measure, sponsored by Ceretto, would allow injured Niagara Falls firefighter Richard E. Mylchreest to retire. Mylchreest was hurt in the line of duty and is receiving disability assistance as a result.
Ceretto noted that the legislation would help enhance public safety while reducing costs on Niagara Falls taxpayers. Mylchreest's absence required his colleagues to work additional overtime hours, and his disability status prevented Niagara Falls from hiring a new, full-time firefighter. This increased local costs while leaving the Niagara Falls Fire Department understaffed.
"With this bill, one brave firefighter may retire, and a new firefighter can be hired to help save lives and protect our community. The retirement of Richard Mylchreest is fair compensation for his dedication and public service," Ceretto said.