Issues: Firefighters

Ortt Announces $500,000 for Niagara Falls Air Base

Senator Says Funds Will Help Procure Emergency Management Hub  

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $500,000 in state funding to establish an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). The funds were secured by Senator Ortt in the 2015-16 State Budget (Empire State Development Corporation, Aid to Localities, S. 2003-C) to help base retention efforts for NFARS. Ortt, flanked by local and county officials, believes the $500,000 will help retain the base while expanding emergency services across Western New  York.

June 29, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC JOINS MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AT THE WARWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT'S BIENNIAL PARADE

(Middletown, NY)- This past Saturday, Senator Bonacic  attended the Warwick Fire Department’s Biennial Parade in the Village of Warwick. Despite the threat of heavy rain, residents and members of the local community came out to support the officers and fire fighters of all the local fire companies in the parade. This year’s parade honored the outgoing Warwick Fire Department Chief, Jason Brasier.

June 23, 2015
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Griffo, fire officials praise Senate’s passage of bill that provides more cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters

ALBANY – The New York State Senate last week passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would expand benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters who are diagnosed with various forms of cancer linked to their duties.

The overexposure to smoke that volunteer firefighters experience every time they battle flames makes it more likely that they will develop lung cancer. The exposure to smoke and toxic fumes also creates greater risk that a firefighter will develop cancer in other parts of their body, like their esophagus, stomach, blood, intestines and brain.

June 22, 2015
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AMEDORE BILL CREATES “AMSTERDAM FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION”

Legislation sponsored by Senator George Amedore to create the Amsterdam Firefighters’ Benevolent Association” was passed today in the New York State Senate.

 

June 18, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH FLORAL PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT IN PAYING TRIBUTE LONGTIME FLORAL PARK FIREFIGHTER

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Floral Park Fire Department in paying tribute to the memory of a devoted Floral Park firefighter and his over four decades of community service.

     The Department dedicated the new ambulance in memory of firefighter Joseph Reekie, Sr. Mr. Reekie served the Floral Park community for 45 years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Senator Martins took part in the dedication ceremony, which was held at Floral Park Fire Department Headquarters.

     Senator Martins (right) is pictured with Floral Park Fire Department Chief Brian Naughton and Captain Marylou King of Rescue Company #1.

June 17, 2015
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Hero First Responders Honored By The State Senate

Four members of the Nunda Fire Department Awarded New York State Senate Liberty Medal

 

ALBANY – Four member of the Nunda Fire Department who went above and beyond the call of duty in saving the lives of three community members were honored this week as the State Senate passed resolutions designating them as recipients of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal. Nunda Fire Department Chief Robert Walker, First Assistant Chief Travis Rawleigh, First Lieutenant Travis Deiter and Truck Captain Steve Gelser were each honored for their efforts to rescue three victims from an early morning fire on March 27, 2015, at a home on Parker Road in Portage.

 

June 16, 2015
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Volunteer First Responders Get Support from Senator Young

Legislation expresses appreciation for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians

 

ALBANY – In communities across Western New York and beyond, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians serve on the front lines of public safety, answering the sound of the alarm, in response to fire, medical emergency or natural disaster.

 

In recognition of this selfless sacrifice to our communities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her colleagues recently passed several measures to provide additional tax and education benefits to those who serve.

 

June 16, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Annual Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Mike Caron, 1st Vice President with the Onondaga County Volunteer Fireman's Association.  Senator DeFrancisco spoke at the Central and Northern Central New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Joint Convention on June 13, 2015, thanking the firefighters who were in attendance for their dedicated service. 

 

June 15, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND HELP VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.

June 10, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILLS TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

The New York State Senate today passed two bills sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to better support volunteer firefighters. The first, S.3126, would make volunteer firefighters eligible for service learning credits at the State University of New York (SUNY) and community colleges, providing added incentives for young people to enter the volunteer fire service. The second, S.1000A, would help adequately compensate disabled volunteer firefighters for their service by establishing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their workers compensation benefits.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures To Support And Help Volunteer Firefighters And Other Emergency Responders

ALBANY – The New York State Senate today passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Support and Help Volunteer Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders

The New York State Senate today passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.Legislation (

June 9, 2015
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO HELP NOTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOVED ONES MORE QUICKLY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

Measure Would Create Online “Next-of-Kin” Registry for Law Enforcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to help law enforcement more quickly find family members or loved ones of victims following accidents or other emergencies has passed the Senate.

Under Senate bill 2396, the Department of Motor Vehicles would be directed to create an optional “Next-of Kin Registry,” where motorists could add information—such as phone numbers and addresses—of key people to be contacted in the event of an emergency.

“When an accident or medical emergency occurs, often times life or death decisions need to be made and loved ones need to be notified as quickly as possible,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 2, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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Majority Leader Flanagan Delivers Remarks At EMS Memorial Ceremony

Majority Leader John Flanagan (New York State) joins with other elected officials to honor Ross Huffer of the Nesconset Fire Department and Andre Maurice of the Richmondville EMS - May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015
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Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt recaps some of the events he took part in earlier this month and the issues he's working on in Albany.

 

May 13, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN COMMEMORATES THE NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN SENATE SESSION

 Senator Marty Golden commemorates the New York City Fire Department in Senate Session.

May 12, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON HONORS FDNY WITH SENATE RESOLUTION CELEBRATING 150TH ANNIVERSARY

Squadron: FDNY Represents The Best Of New York

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron honored the New York City Fire Department today with a Senate resolution celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Senator Squadron’s resolution unanimously passed the New York State Senate.

May 12, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC APPLAUDS THE WORK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE SHAWANGUNK RIDGE WILDFIRE

SENATOR BONACIC APPLAUDS THE WORK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE SHAWANGUNK RIDGE WILDFIRE

May 7, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

May 5, 2015 -Senator Robert Ortt sat down with his guest, North Tonawanda Firefighter Ken Brennan to discuss current legislation for professional firefighters. Brennan is also the Union Treasurer for Local 1333. 

May 6, 2015
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