Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law or rule to the contrary and in order to promote the public good, the retirement board of the city of Salem shall pay Marlene F. Soucy, the surviving spouse of Paul L. Soucy, a former custodian for the Salem public schools, retirement benefits as of May 27, 1997, equal to the benefits which would have been paid to her had said Paul L. Soucy been retired for ordinary disability as of said date and had elected to receive a pension or retirement allowance under the provisions of option (c) of subdivision (2) of section 12 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.