NY approves gender-neutral titles for fire, police jobs

The State Assembly approved a bill that would replace "fireman" and "policeman" with "firefighter" and "police officer"


By Glenn Blain
New York Daily News

ALBANY, N.Y. — No need to call the first responders for these words.

The terms “policeman” and “fireman” appear headed toward extinction in state law.

The Assembly on Tuesday approved a bill that would replace them with the preferred and gender-neutral “firefighter” and “police officer.”

“Women make up an important part of our police force and firehouses, and it’s time New York State laws reflect that,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said.

The measure was approved by the Senate last month and is now headed to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the governor will review the bill.

Copyright 2018 New York Daily News

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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