Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support various public safety initiatives throughout the 59th Senate District. The aid is being provided to community based agencies, police departments and fire companies to maintain existing programs and to purchase new equipment or technology upgrades for law enforcement and emergency services.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend the Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention this past Friday at the Kerhonkson Firehouse in Kerhonkson, NY, where two Ellenville firefighters were honored as firefighters of the year by the Association.
On August 19th, 2015, in collaboration with Harlem Vet Center, Samaritan Village, CUNY- BMCC, Manhattan Legal Services, NY Metro Vets, and Home Depot, Senator Perkins will proudly hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem, which, in addition to presenting speakers in the realm of Veterans Affairs, will also include a panel on key issues confronting veterans. The Fair is being structured to provide information on a wide range of issues concerning our veteran population, and it will begin at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 3:00 PM. Please see additional details in our flyer, attached below, in both Spanish and English.
Senator Bonacic joined local fire companies, elected officials, and members of the Port Jervis community on Saturday, at the Port Jervis Fire Department’s 165th Annual Inspection Day Parade. The Parade, always one of the best attended fire department parades in Orange County, runs right through the heart of the City. The weather on Saturday was beautiful, and the local community came out to support the firefighters who put their lives on the line every day.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently honored by the Chiefs, Officers, and members of the Stewart Manor Fire Department.
The Department named Senator Martins an Honorary Chief in recognition of his “many years of outstanding support, dedication, and devoted service.”
Senator Martins (right center) is pictured receiving his award from Chief Tom Skinner (right), Assistant Chief Ronald Sopp (left center), and Firefighter Peter Williams (left), who is also an Honorary Department Chief.
Legislation Aims to Reduce House Fire Related Deaths by Requiring Smoke Detectors with a Non-Removable Battery
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation to help protect families from fire-related tragedies in their homes.
The legislation (S2696A), of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, aims to reduce house fire related deaths by requiring battery operated smoke alarms sold in New York State have batteries that are non-replaceable, non-removable and will power the device for a minimum of ten years.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (