Issues: Firefighters

RITCHIE HELPS OPEN NEW ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE TRAINING FACILITY

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
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ONE MONTH AFTER KIDNAPPING OF AMISH GIRLS, RITCHIE RECOGNIZES COMMUNITY AT “THANK YOU” EVENT

Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders, Community Members, Media Honored

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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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Senator Nozzolio attends Fayette Volunteer Fire Department's annual summer picnic

Fayette- Senator Mike Nozzolio recently attended the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department's annual summer picnic where he recognized the volunteers for their outstanding public service. Senator Nozzolio also commended the members of the Department for their efforts to pay off the mortgage on their firehouse.

 

Pictured left to right are: Senator Mike Nozzolio; Bob Halladay, Chief of the Fayette Fire Department; Charlie McCann, Director of Seneca County Emergency Services; John Dickenson; Kenny Poormon; and Howard Poormon Jr.

 

 

 

September 8, 2014
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Edgewater Park Volunteer Fire Department Gets Updated Communications & Response System

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Chief James Jones, Jr. and Lieutenant Joseph Raneri of the Edgewater Park Volunteer Fire Department, announced Monday that the Edgewater Park Volunteer Hose Co. No. 1 will receive a $50,000 state grant to update its emergency communications system. The announcement was made at the annual Edgewater Park Labor Day Olympics Medal Ceremony on Labor Day afternoon.

September 2, 2014
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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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