A group of retired White Plains firefighters are urging the city to uphold a promise made to them that their health benefits would be covered through retirement.
For over a year, former Deputy Fire Chief Ed Lobermann, 85, has made presentations and met with city officials regarding the issue. Lobermann represents around 100 retired firefighters who pay 15% of their premium, when they were told in the 1970's it would be paid for them.
The legality and impending financial impact on the city have caused pause for some members of the council. Council member Milagros Lecuona proposed legislation to benefit the group of retirees that was discussed at a special meeting Monday.
The legislation would stop retired firefighters aged 70 or older from contributing any amount toward their health insurance.