Issues: Firefighters

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015

Area's state legislators sponsoring legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers ~ Issue reminder on upcoming 'RecruitNY' events at local firehouses

Elmira, N.Y., April 14—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week from April 12-18, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 14, 2015

Collins Center Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services

Free Screenings

April 18, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

West Seneca Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services and Screenings from the following providers or vendors:


Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

Bakery Victory Dental Center

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Boy scouts of America

Cancer Services of Erie County


Curves of West Seneca

D’Youville -

ECC – Nursing School

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Elder Care Solutions

Girl scouts of WNY

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Senator Parker Calls for a Burn Unit in Brooklyn in Letter to Mayor de Blasio


Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 27, 2015

Seward Presents State Honor To Cuyler Firefighter

ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently presented Kelvin “Iron Lungs” Corbin with a New York State Legislative Resolution honoring his six-plus decades of service to the Cuyler Fire Department.

“Kelvin Corbin has displayed unwavering dedication to the citizens of Cuyler for sixty-four years,” said Senator Seward.  “I have a great deal of respect for the men and women who answer the siren’s call, day or night, to protect lives and property.  To do so in a volunteer capacity for such a prolonged period of time, as Kelvin has done, is even more impressive and deserving of special recognition.”

March 16, 2015

Senator Young Honors Local Firefighter For Over 50 Years of Service

Robert Keech has been an active member of three local departments


OLEAN - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) recently presented a New York State Senate Proclamation to Robert Keech of Hinsdale in honor of his more than 50 years of service to fire departments in Cattaraugus County.


February 9, 2015

Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Howlett Hill Fire Department at a Special Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the podium during a ceremony, in which he presented the Howlett Hill Fire Department with a Senate Citation to recognize the department for receiving the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 Rating. The ISO reaches its award classification based on a detailed review of multiple facets that include administrative operations, training programs, handling of fire alarms, water supply throughout the district, and appropriate use of rescue verses fire apparatus.

The Howlett Hill Fire Department held a ceremony on February 8, 2015, to celebrate the achievement.

February 9, 2015

Cortlandville FD Names Seward Honorary Member

CORTLANDVILLE, 01/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was honored recently by the Cortlandville Fire Department.  At the department’s 2015 Inspection Dinner, Senator Seward was named an honorary member for his longstanding and continued support of the first responders.

“I was tremendously humbled to receive such a meaningful honor from the Cortlandville Fire Department,” said Senator Seward.  “The men and women who fearlessly respond to when called and put their lives on the line to protect others are true heroes.  I have always done all I can to help make their job safer and easier and am truly appreciative of this great tribute.”

The plaque presented to Senator Seward reads:

January 23, 2015

Senator Venditto Attends Swearing in of Merrick Fire Department Chief

Merrick, NY-- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently attended the Merrick Fire Department's 91st Annual Installation Dinner Dance.

Senator Venditto and Assemblyman Dave McDonough, had the opportunity to honor outgoing Chief of Department Paul Waterman and swear-in the incoming Chief of Department Christopher Clement.

Senator Venditto extends his best wishes to Chief Clement and the entire department.

January 20, 2015

Senator Young Congratulates Allegany Engine Company Member Jim Boser for 60 Years of Service

Among Accomplishments, Boser Served As Department Chief from 1963-65


ALLEGANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently joined members of Allegany Engine Company and Allegany Rescue and EMS Inc. to celebrate a successful 2014. During the department’s annual awards banquet and dinner-dance, department member Jim Boser was honored for 60 years of service.


January 13, 2015

Fire safety campaign launched at Queens complex after tragic New Year's Eve fire

As reported by the Daily News:

Knowledge is power — and it could save lives.

That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.

The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.

“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).

For full article, click here.

January 12, 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

Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014

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


Funding Announced Following Fire That Destroyed Historic Block 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in capital funding to assist with the rebuilding of the Wellesley Island Fire Station following a devastating fire which happened last August at Thousand Island Park.

“For more than a century, Thousand Island Park has stood as a tight knit community where families and individuals go to spend quality time near the majestic St. Lawrence River,” said Senator Ritchie.  “The fire that took place last August was truly devastating—destroying key parts of the community, including the fire station, which residents count on to help keep them safe.  I am pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will help the area rebuild to become better and safer than ever before.”

November 25, 2014

At the White Lake Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast - November 2, 2014

The White Lake Fire Department held their annual pancake breakfast, and Senator Bonacic visited with the volunteers who serve their community as well as a "terrific breakfast." 

November 3, 2014

At the Swan Lake Fire Department's Sunday Breakfast - November 2, 2014

Senator Bonacic thanks the volunteers from the Swan Lake Fire Department who recently served breakfast for the community. "I was pleased to visit with the chefs and thank them for the service," said the Senator. 

November 3, 2014

With the Hurleyville Fire Department - Women's Auxiliary, November 2, 2014

Senator Bonacic visits with, and thanks, the volunteers from the Hurleyville Fire Department's Women's Auxiliary group who assisted at a recent breakfast. 

November 3, 2014

Senator Bonacic at the Hurleyville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, November 2, 2014

Senator Bonacic visits with the volunteers at the Hurleyville Fire Department pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 2, 2014.  

November 3, 2014
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