Assemblymember Rajkumar fights for fallen FDNY firefighter’s family pension rights

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Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar is taking legislative action to give Derek Floyd, an FDNY firefighter, veteran and father of two, access to retroactive pension eligibility. 

Floyd suffered a heart attack shortly after he was laid off from the FDNY due to budget cuts aimed at reallocating funds to help the city address the ongoing migrant crisis, as first reported by The New York Post. 

The former firefighter suffered a heart attack in 2019 and was placed in the ceremonial unit of the FDNY.

A military veteran serving in the United States Marines, Floyd continued to serve the public while providing for his wife and two children. 

Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar. Photo by Anthony Medina

Floyd died in April at 36 years old and was only a few months away from being eligible under the Fire Department Pension Fund. Rajkumar says her legislation seeks to provide Floyd’s family with the financial help they deserve. 

“Floyd honorably served our Nation as a Marine and served our City as one of New York’s Bravest. Now is the time for us to serve him and his family,” Rajkumar said in a statement. “I will not allow his family to be financially devastated. Our City’s pension fund must provide them the support they deserve for Floyd’s life of service.”