New York Increases Widows’ Pensions Fire Commissioner John J. Dorman on March 1 notified five hundred and fifty widows, guardians and dependents of deceased members of the New York Fire Department that their annual pension is increased from $300 to $600 a year. The increase will be contained in the monthly pension checks received on April 1. This action by the Fire Commissioner is in accordance with the provisions of Local Law No. 24, approved by Mayor James J. Walker. The increase involves an additional annual expenditure of about $165,000. It is a mandatory provision of law.