The Third Department affirmed Supreme Court’s determination that newly hired firefighters [hired January 9, 2010] were not eligible, pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), for participation in a retirement plan to which they need not contribute a portion of their salary. The collective bargaining agreement which would have allowed participation in the noncontributory program had expired at the time the firefighters were hired and was made effective retroactively when it was subsequently signed:
Petitioners’ reliance on the continued effect of the terms of the 2008-2009 CBA is unavailing in light of the recent decisions of the Court of Appeals expressly rejecting the application of the Triborough Amendment to the tier 5 retirement legislation … . Accordingly, the expired 2008-2009 CBA cannot be considered to have been “in effect” on January 9, 2010 for the purpose of permitting the new hires to qualify for the statutory exception (see L 2009, ch 504, Part A, § 8).
Nor are we persuaded that the 2009-2013 CBA can be considered to be retroactively “in effect” on January 9, 2010, as it was not executed until seven months later in August 2010. At that time, newly hired firefighters were required by law to contribute to the retirement system (see Retirement and Social Security Law §§ 1201, 1204) and, as a result, the Union and NFTA [Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority] were prohibited from agreeing to a noncontributory retirement plan (see Civil Service Law § 201 ; Retirement and Social Security Law § 470). Moreover, while the Union and NFTA were able to retroactively bind each other to the terms of the 2009-2013 CBA, they were unable to bind third parties such as the Comptroller … . Matter of Buffalo Niagara Airport Firefighters Association v DiNapoli, 515811, 3rd Dept 11-7-13