Issues: Firefighters

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
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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
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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 FOR REBUILD OF WELLESLEY ISLAND FIRE STATION

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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