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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.