Issues: Firefighters

EASTCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT SPEEDS UP TRUCK TURN-AROUND TIME

Senator Klein presents $115,000 grant to Eastchester Fire Department for new jack system

April 29, 2010
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Senator Bonacic attended the 88th Anniversary Dinner-Dance for the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department

Senator Bonacic attended the 88th Anniversary Dinner-Dance for the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department on April 24th, 2010 held at the Loch Sheldrake Community Center.  Senator Bonacic presented Jim Magie, Jr. with a New York State Senate Resolution honoring fifty years of service.

April 26, 2010
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Senator Bonacic attended the Bloomingburg Fire Company Annual Dinner

On Saturday, April 24th, 2010 Senator Bonacic attended the Bloomingburg Fire Company Annual dinner at the Eagle's Nest honoring John Besson, Firefighter of the Year, Chris Oliver, Junior Firefighter of they Year, Tom Dempsey, President's Award and Lisa Vieling, Lad of the Year.  Senator Bonacic presented New York State Certificate of Merits to each honoree.

April 26, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week of April 19th: Senate Majority Passes Earth Day 2010 Agenda And More

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included a bill package demonstrating their commitment to environmental conservation and “green” job creation, as well as establishing a commission to study the health care services of children in foster care.

 ‘Earth Day 2010 Agenda’

April 22, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week of April 19th: Senate Majority Passes Earth Day 2010 Agenda And More

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included a bill package demonstrating their commitment to environmental conservation and “green” job creation, as well as establishing a commission to study the health care services of children in foster care.

 ‘Earth Day 2010 Agenda’

April 22, 2010
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Senator Farley Attends Canjo Fire Banquet

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently attended the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department awards banquet. Pictured are Senator Farley with Peg McGregor and Jeannie Slaper.

April 21, 2010
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Senator Farley Salutes Canajoharie Fire Fighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently attended the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department awards banquet. Pictured are Senator Farley with C.J. Jones, the department's Fireman of the Year.

April 21, 2010
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Reminder: Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Workers Eligible for $200 Tax Credit

Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) workers bravely serve our communities every day, putting their lives on the line and protecting the public. The debt and gratitude that we owe these men and women is tremendous.

 Each of our volunteer firefighters and EMS workers is eligible for a $200.00 refundable tax credit from New York State for their service. Even if a volunteer does not pay taxes or have other income, they are still eligible for this credit- they simply file a return using the IT-201 long form and fill out an IT-245.

April 12, 2010
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Senator Stachowski Presents Grant To Fire Chiefs

Senator Stachowski Presents Grant To Fire Chiefs

Funds for Water Rescue Team Benefit All WNYer’s Using Area Waterways

Senator William T. Stachowski (D-58th District, Buffalo/Lakeview) joined the Hamburg Fire Chief’s Association at Hamburg Town Beach, to present a New York State Legislative grant to the Hamburg Water Rescue Unit for more than $18,000.

April 7, 2010
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Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Honors Members of New York Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team that served in Haiti

Photo left to right:  Joseph Downey, Owen H. Johnson, Thomas Donnelly, William Reddan, and Richard Andersen

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented New York State Liberty Medals to four members of  New York Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team for their outstanding efforts conducted in Port au Prince, Haiti between January 15th and January 25, 2010.  The four were among a team of 80 deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake which struck January 12th. 

The Award Ceremony took place at the Deer Park Fire Department on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  Those honored were Richard Andersen of Bohemia, Detective, NYPD Emergency Services Unit and Rescue Specialist, New York Task Force 1; Thomas Donnelly of Deer Park, Lieutenant, FDNY Rescue Company 1 and Search Team Manager, New York Task Force 1; Joseph Downey of West Islip, Battalion Chief, FDNY Rescue Battalion and Task Force Leader, New York Task Force 1; and William Reddan of Sayville, Lieutenant, FDNY Squad 252 and Technical Information Specialist, New York Task Force 1. 

“I am very proud to honor Richard Andersen, Tom Donnelly, Joe Downey, and Bill Reddan with the Liberty Award.  They, undoubtedly, are heroes in my eyes and deserve our praise,” Senator Johnson said.  “Each left their families and the comfort of home to risk their lives to help others.  Through their selfless and courageous efforts, 6 earthquake victims were brought to safety.”   Among them, a 7 year old boy named Kiki and his 10 year old sister, portrayed worldwide in news images of the rescue. (Image attached.)

“When I read newspaper accounts and watched television coverage of New York Task Force 1’s deployment to Haiti and their subsequent rescue operations, I knew that these men truly deserved the recognition we give them tonight,” Senator Johnson added.

Senator Johnson also spoke of  Joseph Downey’s father, the late Deputy Chief Ray Downey, longtime resident of the Hamlet of Deer Park and former Chief of Rescue Operations for the New York City Fire Department.  He tragically perished with ninety of his men on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked.  “I know that he would be extremely proud to know that his son, Joe, is successfully carrying on the family tradition of selfless sacrifice to help others in need.”

The New York State Liberty Award was created in 2000 and is one of the highest civilian honors that a New York resident can receive.  It is awarded by the New York State Senate to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of fellow New Yorkers. 

March 9, 2010
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Senator Bonacic attends Pancake Breakfast at Monticello Fire Company

On Sunday, March 7th, 2010, Senator Bonacic visited the Monticello Fire Company at their recent pancake breakfast.  Here Senator Bonacic is pictured with members of the Company.

March 8, 2010
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Senator has breakfast at the Monticello Fire Company

March 7, 2010 Senator Bonacic visited the Monticello Fire Comapny to support their pancake breakfast.   Senator is pictured with Sharon Jankiewicz, Senator Bonacic, and Corinne Briggs.

March 8, 2010
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Senator Bonacic visits the Monticello Fire Company

On March 7, 2010 Senator Bonacic visited the Monticello Fire Department.  Shown here with members of the Fire Company:  Lt. Ray Stevens, President Pete Scannell, Firefighter Jim Gerrard II, Past Chief Alan Kesten, Senator Bonacic, First Ass't. Chief Marc Friedland, and Fire Police Hank Good.

March 8, 2010
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Owen H. Johnson Honors Heroes of New York Task Force 1 Search & Recue For Efforts in Haiti

Remember this video clip?  It went worldwide as a sign of hope for the rescue mission in Haiti after the January 12, 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  Owen H. Johnson presented Liberty Medals to four members of the New York Task Force 1 elite rescue team for their selfless and courageous acts of heroism during their mission in Haiti. The video clip portrays them pulling "Kiki" from the rubble.

March 5, 2010
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NYS Senator Foley comments on new Govt. Efficiency Task Force 3/2/10

March 2, 2010: NYS Senator Brian Foley comments on the creation of the bi-partisan Government Efficiency Task Force. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve member task force of which Sen. Foley is a member will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 3, 2010
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Glasco Fire Company's Annual Banquet

Senator Bonacic attended the Glasco Fire Company's Annual Banquet on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 held at the Glasco Fire House.  Many members of the Glasco Fire House were presented with New York State Certificate of Merits honoring those members serving 50 to 70 years of dedicated service.

March 1, 2010
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Key Senate Committee Approves Winner's Legislation to Encourage Volunteers

Albany, N.Y., February 10—The Senate Investigations Committee has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to help localities avoid potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

February 11, 2010
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