Pensions for Paid Chiefs.
Assemblyman Martin, of Saratoga, has introduced a bill in the New York legislature amending the general municipal law by inserting a new section providing for the pensioning of chief engineers of paid fire departments. It provides that the commissioner of public safety, fire commissioner or other commissioners having jurisdiction of any paid fire department shall, on the written application of a chief engineer of such department who has served as such for twenty years, retire him on a pension equal to one-half the salary he received at the time of his retirement. The pension is to be paid from the fire department pension fund, if any, and if there is no fire department pension fund, then it is to be paid out of the fire fund. The same Assemblyman is responsible for a bill establishing a permanent officers’ and firemen’s pension fund for the village of Saratoga Springs, to be under the supervision of a board of trustees consisting of the president and fire commissioner of the village and their successors in office. The fund is to consist of the 2 per cent, paid by foreign fire insurance companies in the village excepting the 10 per cent, now paid to the volunteer firemen’s home at Hudson; 10 per cent. of the excise money; moneys received from theater and show licenses; fines imposed on officers and members of the department by the fire commissioner; $1 a month from officers and members of the permanent fire force and gifts, rewards, etc. The amount of the pension varies according to the length of service.