For NYSLRS members who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or clean-up efforts, the deadline to reserve your rights under the World Trade Center Presumption Law has been extended.
The new deadline is September 11, 2022.
What is the World Trade Center Presumption Law?
The World Trade Center Presumption Law provides a presumption to eligible NYSLRS members and retirees who become permanently disabled and are unable to do their jobs due to certain conditions, that they can claim their permanent disabilities are the result of participation in World Trade Center rescue, recovery or clean-up operations. The presumption will apply unless it’s proven the condition was the result of other factors.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, the presumption allows you to:
- File for an accidental disability retirement at some time in the future;
- Have an existing disability retirement benefit reclassified as an accidental disability retirement benefit; or
- Leave your beneficiaries an accidental death benefit.
Your disability or death must be due to one of the qualifying conditions specified in the law.
Who should file?
You must file an Application for World Trade Center Notice (RS6047-N) prior to submitting an Application for World Trade Center Accidental Disability Presumption (RS6047-W). Even if you do not currently suffer one of the qualifying conditions, filing this notice will protect your right — and the right of your beneficiaries — to apply for benefits in the future.
Once you file a notice with NYSLRS, there is no subsequent deadline to file for an accidental disability retirement or retirement reclassification should the need arise.