Issues: Firefighters

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
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Senator Bonacic Attends Ribbon-Cutting for Orange County's New "Burn Building"

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Orange County's new firefighter training facility, the "burn building," was held today, August 11.  The building features three stories, includes 13 burn rooms and can simulate a variety of fires, including attic and basement fires.  Located at the Fire Training Center in New Hampton, it has a 30 year life span, and it's estimated that two-thousand firefighters will learn from it.  The Senator joined with other Orange County officials, including Senator Bill Larkin; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Assemblyman James Skoufis; and former Orange County Eddie Diana to officially open the facility.   

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Otterkill Fire Engine Company's 100th Anniversary

Senator Bonacic attended the Otterkill Engine Company's White Hat Party last night, which was part of the department's celebration to commemorate their 100th anniversary.  With the Senator are members of the Engine Company and Women's Auxiliary.

 

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces The Passage of Senate Bill 1885C Into Law - Calls for volunteer firefighter applicants to have background checks

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) announces that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Senator Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application, into law.  

August 4, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits with the Callicoon Center Fire Department at Pancake Breakfast

Senator Bonacic visits with the volunteer firefighters from the Callicoon Center Fire Department at their pancake breakfast on Sunday, August 3, 2014.   

August 4, 2014
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Presenting a Senate Liberty Medal to William Street, Ulster Hose Company's EMS Provider of the Year

I had the privilege of meeting and presenting a Senate Liberty Medal to William Street, who joined the Ulster Hose Company in 1980.

August 1, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Advocates for Governor Cuomo to Sign S1885-C Into Law: Volunteer Firefighter Applicants Would Be Checked for Prior Sex Offenses

Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference today at the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Company advocating for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1885-C into law.  This Bill would allow the fire chief to authorize a  background check on an applicant who wants to be a volunteer firefighter to see if there are any sex offense convictions.  The fire chief would have the authority to deny the submission should the applicant have prior sex offense convictions. 

July 23, 2014
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Meeting Schenectady Fire Dept Chief Ray Senecal

Met with Chief Ray Senecal and many members of the Schenectady Fire Department yesterday. The 120-member Department provides mutual aid to the surrounding towns in Schenectady County, as well as regional Haz Mat and Emergency Medical Services. Chief Senecal oversees the busiest fire department in New York and one of the busiest in the entire country, with more than 21,700 responses in 2012.

July 16, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Members of Port Jervis' Excelsior Engine Company at the Port Jervis Fire Department's Annual Inspection Day Parade

Senator Bonacic visits with members of the Excelsior Engine Company at the Port Jervis Fire Departments's Annual Inspection Day Parade on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  

July 15, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Port Jervis Fire Department's Annual Inspection Day Parade

Senator Bonacic attended and thanked members of local fire departments at the annual Port Jervis Fire Department Inspection Parade on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  Here he is with members of the Huguenot Fire Company. 

July 15, 2014
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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
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$250,000 Grant To Aid Cortland County Emergency Communications

CORTLAND, 06/24/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with the cost of an emergency communications equipment upgrade  for Cortland County law enforcement officials.

“It is imperative that our law enforcement officials and first responders have the tools they need when they are called into duty, starting with a reliable communication network,” said Senator Seward.  “This legislative grant will help Cortland County’s law enforcement officials do their job safely and efficiently, and will not come with an added cost to county taxpayers.”

June 24, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL: TRUSS NOTIFICATION BILL PASSED BY STATE LEGISLATURE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) announced that legislation they sponsored to help protect volunteer firefighters has been passed by the State Legislature. The legislation (S6675C/A1869D), which passed with broad bipartisan support, would help save firefighters from the early collapse of residential structures by establishing a truss construction notification system for residential properties. 

June 24, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Bill Allowing Volunteer Fire Departments to Screen Potential Members for Past Sex Offenses Passes in the Senate

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed  Senate Bill 1885-C which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application. 

June 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Presents Livingston Manor Firefighter, Dick Sturdevent, with Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Dedication and Service

Senator Bonacic presented a Senate Certificate of Merit to Livingston Manor firefighter, Dick Sturdevent, for his outstanding dedication and service to the department as well recognizing his Fire Service Achievement Award.

 

June 16, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Presents Certificate of Merit Recognizing Jeffersonville Firefighter, John Hauschild

Senator Bonacic attended the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters' Association Awards dinner at theVilla Roma and presented firefighter, John Hauschild, with a Sentate Certificate of Merit for 25 years of service.  

June 16, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Attends Ronkonkoma Fire Department Installation Dinner

HAUPPAUGE—On Friday, May 30, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) joined the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for their Installation Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge.

Senator Zeldin is pictured with Chief Brian Cook.

 

June 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Discusses Tree of Life Ceremony Held in Albany

Senator Bonacic Discusses theTree of Life Ceremony at Empire State Plaza which honors fallen members of the FDNY Emergency Services that have been added to the memorial. 

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic with former FDNY Division Chief, James Martin, at the NYS Emergency Medical Services Memorial

Senator Bonacic with James Martin, former Division Chief of the Fire Department of New York, in Albany for the NYS Emergency Medical Services Memorial held on May 20, 2014 at Empire State Plaza. This event recognized 12 fallen FDNY emergency medical service providers whose names were added to the Tree of Life Memorial, bringing the total to 56.  

May 23, 2014
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Senator Farley Discusses Priorities of Fire Chiefs

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with Niskayuna Fire Department Chief Dale Lingenfelter on May 19th in Albany. They discussed the legislative concerns and proprieties of the New York Association of Fire Chiefs.

May 21, 2014
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