Issues: Firefighters

Senator Farley Offers Safety Tips as Part of Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) offers safety tips.

"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."

Senator Farley said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.

October 7, 2013
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Irvington Fire Dept. 133rd Annual Inspection

Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the annual tradition of inspecting firetruck engines and equipment to make sure that they are in good working condition at Irvington Fire Department's 133rd Annual Inspection on Saturday, October 5th. At this special event, the Senator had the pleasure of meeting some of New York's Bravest, many of whom have been serving the Village of Irvington for more than twenty years.

October 6, 2013
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Senator Klein Honors First Responders at Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ on Orchard Beach

Senator Klein with honorees at the Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ.

From left to right, Sgt. Dennis Tierney, Bronx 43rd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Former Bronx 50th Precinct Captain and New C.O. of World Trade Center Command, Police Officer Jairo Vasquez of the Port Authority NY and NJ Police Department, Firefighter Dominick Libonati of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Senator Klein, Firefighter Kevin Adams of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Firefighter Phil Pillet of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Lt. Julian Keiser, Pelham Fire Department

September 23, 2013
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September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH ROSLYN HIGHLANDS HOOK & LADDER FOR OPENING OF FIRE STATION

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have joined with the Roslyn Highlands Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Co. for the official opening of their fire station. Senator Martins is always proud to join with our volunteer firefighters who do so much for our communities.

 

September 10, 2013
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES OPENING OF OGDENSBURG VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD HEADQUARTERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the opening of the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Headquarters, where she joined local officials to help cut the ribbon on the new facility. 

 

 

 

August 23, 2013
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NEWBORN SCREENING BILL AND LOCAL LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

Larkin Bills Approved by Governor

Three pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Cuomo announced the bills’ sponsor, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).   Of the three bills, two were local legislation dealing with Orange County’s one percent sales tax extension and conveying land in the Thiells-Roseville Fire District.  The other piece of legislation dealt with requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects.

August 2, 2013
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Pocatello Fire Company

On Saturday, June 15th Senator Bonacic attended the Pocatello Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's Pancake Breakfast held at the Pocatello Fire Company. At the breakfast Senator Bonacic presented the Fire Company with a New York State Senate Resolution commemorating their 50th Anniversary. Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Damian Santana, Captain and Joseph Mazza, 2nd Assistant Chief.

June 17, 2013
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Helping First Responders Afford Needed Equipment

ALBANY, 06/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored to increase the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.   Senator Seward’s  bill (S.3728B) will adjust the loan rates available to account for inflation and help departments with equipment purchases and other necessary upgrades.

June 5, 2013
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Grisanti's Bill Allows Volunteer Emergency Responders To Take Authorized Leaves Of Absence For States Of Emergency

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate Bill S.1604 that will change the labor law to make it an authorized absence for members of the volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance squads when they respond to a state of emergency declared by either the federal or state government. Employers will not be able to charge the time to vacation, sick leave or other excused absences provided the employee provides a statement from the head of the volunteer firefighter department or volunteer ambulance squad defining the applicable period of time that the employee was called on to respond to the state of emergency. "I am pleased that this bill has passed the Senate and will protect those who serve as volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad memb

June 5, 2013
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Senator Young recognizes Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the Nunda Volunteer Fire Department

At the recent Nunda Volunteer Fire Department dinner, Senator Young recognized Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the fire department.

Larry joined the Nunda Fire Department in 1962. Over that time period, he has responded to 3,549 calls and has completed hundreds of hours of training.

He has also held many offices, including serving as Chief, 1st Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief and 2nd Captain. He has volunteered on over a dozen different committees and served on the Nunda Fire Department Board of Directors.

May 29, 2013
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Senator Nozzolio Honors Heroic West Webster Volunteer Firefighters and Police Officers

Senator Nozzolio recently enacted special New York State Resolutions recognizing the service and sacrifices of Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, as well as wounded West Webster Volunteer Firefighters Ted Scardino, Joseph Hofstett...er. Senator Nozzolio also recognized the heroic actions of Greece Police Officer Jon Ritter and Webster Police Officers, Mark Reed, Shaun Welch, Kevin Hall and Irondequoit Police Officer Doug Pollock.

May 9, 2013
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Coming This Weekend: Your Chance to be a Hero

As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.

We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis.
We saw neighbors helping neighbors.
We saw "ordinary" people doing truly extraordinary things.

In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies -- our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping up during times of crisis.  

I encourage you to consider becoming a part of this proud tradition -- by volunteering to join your local fire department.       

April 25, 2013
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Thinking Of Becoming A Volunteer Firefighter?

Dear Neighbors,As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis. We saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw “ordinary” people doing truly extraordinary things.In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies – our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping-up during times of crisis.As a volunteer firefighter myself, I encourage you to consider becoming a part this proud tradition – by volunteering to join your local fire department.

April 24, 2013
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REMINDER: YOUR CHANCE TO BE A HERO IS THIS WEEKEND

Local Fire Departments to Open their Doors April 27th and 28th for “RecruitNY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that fire departments across Central and Northern New York will open their doors this weekend for “RecruitNY,” an annual event organized by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, to bring in new recruits. 

April 24, 2013
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National Volunteer Week, April 21-27 ~ Sen. O'Mara, colleagues sponsor legislation to encourage volunteer emergency services corps

Albany, N.Y., April 21—As Americans everywhere observe National Volunteer Week beginning today and running through Saturday, April 27, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) announced that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 22, 2013
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Many area volunteer fire departments holding open houses as part of 'Recruit NY' on April 27-28 ~ See list of local events planned

Elmira, N.Y., April 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that volunteer fire departments across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will hold Open Houses on the weekend of April 27-28 as part of “Recruit NY,” a statewide initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the state Association of Fire Chiefs and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The event is coordinated by FASNY to coincide with this year's observance of National Volunteer Week from April 21-27.

O'Mara praised the upcoming Recruit NY effort.

April 19, 2013
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Florida Fire Department & Rescue Squad's Annual Department Awards Dinner & Dance

On Saturday, April 13, 2013 Senator Bonacic attended the Florida Fire Department & Rescue Squad's Annual Department Awards Dinner & Dance held at the St. Joseph's School Hall in Floriday, N.Y.  Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Bill Uszenski, Tim Raines, Robert Itzla, Fray Fuller, Joe Bankston, Ron Heter, Jr. and Sal Pulisi.

April 17, 2013
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Middletown Fire Department Annual Dinner

On Saturday, April 13, 2013 Senator Bonacic attended the Middletown Fire Department's Annual Dinner at the Middletown Elk's Lodge. The honorees were Randy MacLean, Firefighter of the Year and Art Battisti, Officer of the Year. Pictured with Senator Bonacic from left to right are Fire Chief Tom Amodio, Randy MacLean & Kathie MacLean.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Young stopped by a reception honoring Jeff Hatch, Bemus Point Firefighter of the Year

Senator Young stopped by a reception honoring Jeff Hatch (center), the Bemus Point Firefighter of the Year. Also pictured is Bemus Point Fire Chief Ryan Walker.

Volunteer firefighters make such an important contribution to rural communities. We can’t rely on a paid staff to support our fire departments. Instead, we rely on volunteers who drop what they are doing at a moment’s notice to help their neighbors when they are in danger. They are true heroes.

Thank you and congratulations to Jeff Hatch and thank you to all firefighters everywhere!

April 3, 2013
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