Issues: Firefighters

Silver Lake Fire Department's Annual Dinner

Senator Bonacic attended the Silver Lake Fire Department's Annual Dinner held on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at The Fountains in the Town of Wallkill.  Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Jerry Ritzinger, Past Chief, Jeff Jaques, Assistant Chief, Richard Manley, Fire Chief and Gene Jaques, Past Chief.

February 12, 2013
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Silver Lake Fire Department's Annual Dinner

On Saturday, February 9th, 2013 Senator John Bonacic attended the Silver Lake Fire Department's Annual Dinner held at the The Fountains in the Town of Wallkill.  Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Hank Brisky and Joseph Lipco, Charter Members of the Silver Lake Fire Department.

February 12, 2013
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Cortland County Receives $6 Million Emergency Services Grant

ALBANY, 02/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today congratulated Cortland County on the receipt of a $6 million grant through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program to upgrade emergency communications.

“Emergency responders depend on a reliable communication network to do their job and save lives,” said Senator Seward.   “This grant award, the second received by Cortland County, will not only help protect homes and businesses but also means that firefighters, ambulance workers and police will be safer when answering emergency calls.  The funding also saves taxpayers from a major expense.”

February 12, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Fire Fighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pictured with David Devall, Secretar of the Galway Volunter Fire Department, at the department's annual installation banquet on January 12th. "It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."

January 16, 2013
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RITCHIE GRANT TO HELP GENERAL BROWN RECOVER FROM BUS GARAGE FIRE

Key Club Members, Superintendent, School Officials on Hand for Announcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Monday that she has secured a special $200,000 state grant to help General Brown Central School District recover from last April’s bus garage fire.  The funds can be used to purchase new buses and complete repairs to the garage. 

December 12, 2012
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RITCHIE HONORS OGDENSBURG MAN FOR RESCUE OF MOTHER, CHILDREN FROM HOUSE FIRE

Jefferson Thornton Presented with Prestigious Liberty Medal

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Ogdensburg resident Jefferson Thornton Monday night for his rescue of a mother and her two young children from a house fire earlier this month.

Thornton, a former city firefighter, was awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal at Monday night’s City Council meeting, where he was also recognized by the City of Ogdensburg. 

November 27, 2012
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Kingsbury Fire Department seeks storm relief donations

The Kingsbury Fire Department is collecting items to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Firefighters who have responded to devastated areas said the following items are needed: bottled water, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, cat food, dog food, baby items such as baby food, clothing and diapers, garbage bags, blankets, construction gloves, shovels, bleach, and rakes.

November 7, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS WEST MONROE COMMUNITY FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST

State Senator Patty Ritchie sat down with people in West Monroe recently for a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast.

The event took place at the West Monroe Fire Station and proceeds went to benefit the West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO, LITTLE ANNOUNCE $100,000 GRANT FOR FIRE TRAINING CENTER

Funding To Help 40 Volunteer Fire Departments Train New Recruits

State Senators Patty Ritchie, Betty Little and Joe Griffo announced they have obtained a $100,000 grant from New York State to help replace the aging fire training tower used to train St. Lawrence County’s volunteer firefighters.

October 18, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Fallen Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was proud to be a part of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 9th.

"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said at the ceremony. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."

October 10, 2012
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Ridge Road Fire District Offers CERT Classes

Come and Learn to be Prepared!

 

Community Emergency Response Teams

CERT

CERT prepares citizens to help themselves, their co-workers and their neighbors during

times of emergency. In this course citizens will learn how to:

 

turn on/off utilities, extinguish small fires, perform light search and rescue, organize to respond,

utilize neighborhood volunteers effectively, collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts,

basic emergency medical service including opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock.

 

This training will teach you how to prepare for and deal with all types of natural and manmade disasters.

 

September 27, 2012
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Schoharie, Delaware First Responders Receive State Grants

NORTH BLENHEIM, 09/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and local officials to present more than $207,000 in grants to nine first-responder organizations in Schoharie and Delaware counties to rebuild equipment and systems capabilities after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  The grants were announced in August by Governor Cuomo, among other state initiatives to aid communities affected by last summer's storms. NYPA today also issued a request for proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications at the Blenheim-Gilboa power plant and across the Northern Catskills.

September 20, 2012
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SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED, FIREFIGHTERS URGE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire; Now as Council Holds Hearing, Recommendations Must be Acted On

Squadron, Gottfried: Every Day We Don't Act Means Another Day Lives May Be at Risk

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and firefighters urged immediate action to close major gaps in the fire and safety codes at hundreds of State-owned buildings around New York City, today outside the scene of the tragic Deutsche Bank fire. 

September 19, 2012
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Brockport Fire Department 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday, night, September 11th, the Brockport Fire Department held their annual vigil to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Brockport FD has held this vigil each year since the attacks. The vigil included a display of firefighters' helmets, a display of American flags, and the Brockport 9/11 Memorial.

September 12, 2012
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Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday morning, September 11th, I had the honor to attend the Ridge Road Fire District's Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago today. A wreath was planted at the Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Memorial, flags were lowered to half-staff, and a bell was rung at 8:46 a.m., which marks the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.

September 11, 2012
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Remembering Those Who Perished On 09-11-01

Eleven years ago, our Nation was attacked, and our way of life was changed forever. Terrorists killed thousands of innocent victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, we remember all of those who perished on that terrible day. I hope that you and your family will spend some time together, thinking about those who lost their lives and the families they left behind. There are a number of community events today and tonight that people can attend to reflect and remember. Not only on this anniversary, but continually, we shall Never Forget.

September 11, 2012
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SAYING ‘THANKS’ TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

They save us from burning buildings.  They are the first on the scene at motor vehicle accidents.  They go searching when our loved ones go missing.  They are the ones running towards danger when everyone else is running away. 

Too often though, we forget to say ‘thanks’ to the more than 150,000 volunteer firefighters, EMS, search and rescue teams and other emergency responders that serve across New York State.   

August 27, 2012
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CAN I SEND YOU A PICTURE FROM 'VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY'?

I have some photos from last week's Volunteer Appreciation Day in Cape Vincent that I would like to send to attendees.

Download the attachment below to view all the photos. Write down the number of the picture, and click this link to complete the order form.

Thanks again for attending Volunteer Appreciation Day.

I look forward to hosting an even bigger event next year, to say "Thank You" for all you do.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ORDER FORM.

August 27, 2012
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