Binghamton debates paying for worker's funerals

By Perry Russom

Binghamton debates paying for worker's funerals

April 21, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If a Binghamton city worker dies on the job, the family gets $5,000 from the state to help pay for a funeral, but should the city and tax payers be responsible for the rest?

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral is $7,000.

City Council is looking to see who should pick up the rest of that bill.

The issue was brought before city council last year when firefighter John Janos died in the line of duty.

"We feel that if we're going to move forward, we more forward with legislation that protects and addresses all employees," said City Councilman Bill Berg (D).

The city said they will be making a decision on the issue in the coming months.

In Binghamton, if a firefighter dies in the line of duty, their family receives one full year's pay.

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