New York General Municipal Law
Compensation During Disability
1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law, any member of a police force in a village or town to which the rules and regulations of the state civil service shall have been extended prior to January first, nineteen hundred fourteen, who, through no fault or misconduct on his part is disabled by injuries received in the discharge of his duties, or who, as a result of illness attributable to the performance of such duties, shall, when certified to by a duly licensed physician or physicians designated by the board of trustees of the village or town board of the town, as the case may be, stating that the said member is physically or mentally incapacitated for the performance of police duty, be paid by the village or town by which he is employed the full amount of his regular compensation or wages until his disability arising therefrom has ceased, or until such time as such physician or physicians shall certify to the board of trustees of the village or the town board that said member has recovered and is physically fit to do part time police duty or that such member is permanently disabled and unfit to perform any police duty and shall recommend that said member be retired from the said force as provided by law.
2. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary thereto contained herein or elsewhere, a cause of action shall accrue to the village or town aforesaid for reimbursement in such sum or sums actually paid as a salary or wages and/or for medical or hospital treatment, as against any third party against whom the policemen shall have a cause of action for the injuries sustained. * NB There are 3 § 208-d’s