Issues: Emergency Services or FEMA

WGRZ: Lost on the Line: Emergency calls that can't be tracked

Michael Wooten, Danny Spewak, WGRZ9:18 p.m. EST February 23, 2015

February 24, 2015

Griffo Secures $100,000 for Utica Fire Academy


UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $100,000 for the benefit of the Utica Fire Academy. The announcement was made at the Utica Fire Department’s live burn fire training tower on Leland Avenue, which will be upgraded with the funds.

January 12, 2015


Many People Who Received FEMA Grants After Superstorm Sandy Will  Receive a Letter From FEMA Asking for the Money to be Repaid.

The Letter Could be About Rental Assistance, Home Repair,  Personal Property Assistance or Any Other FEMA Benefit.

January 5, 2015

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

O'Mara: Register online for Dec. 3 emergency preparedness training in Corning

Corning, N.Y., November 24— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” at Corning-Painted Post High School on Wednesday, December 3,  2014.

The event is being sponsored by O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Corning Mayor Richard Negri.

November 24, 2014

State To Pick Up Local Flood Costs

ONEONTA, 11/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the governor’s announcement that New York State will cover the local portion of flood repair costs assumed by local governments during flooding in the summer of 2013.

“Immediately after the storms passed, I urged the governor to take this substantial unforeseen burden off the backs of local governments and taxpayers,” said Senator Seward.  “Today’s announcement means a great deal to local leaders as they craft their own municipal budgets and work to stay within the property tax cap and meet local needs and priorities.”

November 13, 2014

Area counties in line for emergency response funding

Elmira, N.Y., October 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety grants as part of a new package of $10 million in statewide funding to support local emergency response operations.

The grants are administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and go to support localities that operate 9-1-1 response and emergency service dispatch operations.  

October 17, 2014

Buffalo News: Gallivan urges disaster relief for West Seneca flood victims

The governor is being asked to provide disaster aid to victims of last winter’s ice jam flooding in the Town of West Seneca.

October 16, 2014

Senator Gallivan Urges Governor to Provide Assistance to West Seneca Flood Victims

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is calling on Governor Cuomo to provide disaster aid to residents of the Town of West Seneca impacted by severe flooding this past winter that damaged more than 70 homes and businesses.  While the state has provided funding to help the town with costs incurred for storm damage and cleanup, individual residents have not received any financial assistance.

October 16, 2014

Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, 2014 ~ Read more about an area Eagle Scout's memorial to local volunteer firefighters in Steuben County

October 5-11, 2014 is Fire Prevention Week across New York State, and throughout the nation.

Read more from the National Fire Protection Association, and the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

And in Painted Post (Steuben County), read about an area Eagle Scout who spearheaded a recently unveiled memorial to local volunteer firefighters, "Scout builds memorial to honor Painted Post firefighters"



October 7, 2014



September 5, 2014

Senator Zeldin Calls for Disaster Declaration After Last Week’s Storm

Senator Zeldin Calls for Disaster Declaration After Last Week’s Storm

RONKONKOMA—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) released the following statement calling on the Governor to request and the President to approve an official disaster declaration after the storm that hit Long Island last week wreaked havoc on communities across Suffolk County.

“During the storm that hit Long Island last Wednesday, August 12, more than 13 inches of rain were dumped across certain parts of Suffolk County. In its wake, residents were left with severe flooding and destruction. People’s property, homes and businesses were seriously damaged or in some cases, even completely destroyed.

August 21, 2014

Seward Bill To Change Fire District Lines Signed By Governor

ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the Middletown-Hardenburgh fire district to extend the district into the Village of Margaretville, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  

“Margaretville, Middletown, and Hardenburgh have worked together for some time to ensure area homes and businesses have excellent fire protection,” said Senator Seward.  “Taking this legislative step will simply formalize the long-standing working agreement between the villages, towns, and the fire-district.”

August 18, 2014
August 13, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Senate Passes Four Griffo-Sponsored Bills: Alcohol, Schools, First Responders & Special Elections

Bills address powdered alcohol, Utica schools, first responders and special elections

ALBANY – The New York State Senate today passed four bills sponsored by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, including a bill to ban powdered alcohol, one to help Utica schools and another to protect first responders, and a fourth to limit government and empower voters regarding statewide offices.

The bills were:

June 11, 2014

O'Mara issues reminder on state-sponsored emergency preparedness training program on Saturday, June 7th, in Chemung County ~ online preregistration required, sign up now

Horseheads, N.Y., May 30 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” will be held at Horseheads High School on Saturday, June 7,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete an online registration prior to the event.  According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

June 2, 2014

State of Emergency declared in Yates County (Updated: May 19th informational meeting scheduled; 'Donations & Volunteers'; and a new 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide')

[UPDATE, May 19: WFLR will broadcast tonight's informational meeting live beginning at 7, find out more and listen HERE]

[UPDATE, May 19: Informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m., read more HERE]

[UPDATE, May 16: The Institute for Human Services, Inc. has released a 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide']

May 14, 2014

Seward To Hold Training Class For Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Medication

ONEONTA, 05/01/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a free heroin/opioid overdose prevention training class on Wednesday, May 7th at the FoxCare Center in Oneonta.

“A key aspect in the short term battle against heroin and opioid abuse is preventing overdose deaths,” said Senator Seward.  “Training more individuals to administer the overdose reversal medicine Naxolone or Narcan will save lives, that’s why I am sponsoring this event and will be among those taking the class on May 7th .”

May 1, 2014

Senator Young Meets with Mercy Flight Central

For Release: Immediate, March 17, 2014 

Member of Board of Directors Richard D. Burke Visits Albany 

            ALBANY - Richard Burke of Avon, a member of Mercy Flight Central’s Board of Directors, visited Albany recently to meet with Senator Young and other legislators and discuss the important work of the non-profit air-medical services provider based in Canandaigua.

March 17, 2014
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