Issues: Firefighters

Cortland 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

Visiting with the Volunteers at the Neversink Fire Department Pancake Breakfast Event - Oct. 26, 2014

Senator Bonacic visits with the chefs for the Neversink Fire Department pancake breakfast on Sunday, October, 26, 2014.  "We are so fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers who not only donate their time to serve the community, but who also serve up a great breakfast," said the Senator.

October 28, 2014

Thanking Local Heroes at Woodridge Fire Department Annual Dinner

Senator Bonacic met up with good friends like Donna Akerley (third from left), and her firefighter son, Nolan Akerey (fourth from left) at the Woodridge Fire Department dinner on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Joining them in the photo are other members of the Akerley family.


October 21, 2014

Senator Bonacic Thanks Local Heroes at Jeffersonville Fire Department's 94th Annual Dinner

Senator Bonacic and his wife, Pat, met up with good friends and volunteers at the Jeffersonville Fire  Department's 94th Annual Dinner.  He was able to thank the firefighters who are "the local heroes."  Here he is with volunteers (at left), Pat Bonacic and Debbie Murphy (right.)

October 21, 2014

Senator Bonacic Honors Issac Yits Kantrowitz from Woodridge Fire Department for 60 Years of Service

Senator Bonacic recently honored Issac Yitz Kantrowitz for his 60 years of service to the Woodridge Fire Department with a NYS Senate Certificate of Merit.  Here is the Senator with Mr. Kantrowitz at the Woodridge Fire Department Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony along with Town of Fallsburg Supervisor, Steven Vegliante.

October 20, 2014

Constable's Tim Lamere added to Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall

The name of Constable Volunteer Firefighter Timothy “Benny” Lamere was added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Lamere died August 21, 2012, at the age of 47, of a heart attack following a rigorous training session teaching firefighters to escape structures using a rappeling technique.

October 7, 2014

Grisanti's Legislation Giving Volunteer Firefighters, Ambulance Squad Members Authorized Absences Signed Into Law

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced a bill he sponsored that supports the dedicated work by volunteer firefighters and first responders throughout the state, including Western New York, has been signed into law.


Senate Bill S7111 changes the labor law to allow authorized absences for members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads when they are called to respond to a state of emergency declared by either the federal or state government.

October 1, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie joined firefighters, community members and local leaders recently for the grand opening of the new St. Lawrence County Fire Training Facility.

The new, state-of-the-art structure was made possible in part by $100,000 in special state funding secured by Senator Ritchie and her colleagues Senators Joe Griffo and Betty Little.

September 25, 2014


Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders, Community Members, Media Honored


One month after the kidnapping of two young Amish girls in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted a gathering Friday evening to celebrate the region’s community spirit and thank all those who helped return the girls safely to their family last month. 

“When tragedy struck, the members of our community stepped up to the plate to support the Miller family and their two young girls,” said Senator Ritchie. “There were law enforcement and emergency responders who put in long hours, ordinary citizens who aided in the search effort, community members who donated food and drink, members of the media who brought much-needed attention to the ordeal and put pressure on the kidnappers and so many more people who simply said a prayer for the safe return of the girls.”

“The generosity and willingness to help demonstrated by our community was truly inspiring—and makes me so proud to call this region “home.”  Tonight’s event was just a small way to say thank you to the hundreds of people who had a hand in the outpouring of support for the Miller family.”

September 20, 2014
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