Issues: Firefighters

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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Senator Young recognizes Jack Knowlton for his 50 years of dedicated service to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company

Senator Young recognized Jack Knowlton for his 50 years of dedicated service to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company during their annual banquet and presented him with a New York State Senate Proclamation. Mr. Knowlton is currently serving as the department’s President and was also a top ten responder with 421 calls in 2012.

During his time with the Fire Company, Mr. Knowlton has held many offices, including serving as Chief over multiple years. He also has taken on roles including Assistant Chief, Captain, Lieutenant and Drill Instructor. He currently serves as Safety Officer and was elected to serve as President.

March 12, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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FIREFIGHTER NEWSPAPER: Grisanti proud of bill signed into law that protects firefighters

By New York State Senator Mark Grisanti

Among the accomplishments I achieved during my first two years in the state Senate that I am most proud of was a bill that was signed into law that took a number of years to resolve that relates to the safety of all of our firefighters.

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February 25, 2013
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Senator Young honors Ronald Martin for 50 years service to the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

Senator Young stopped by a ceremony commemorating the service of three long-time members of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Dorothy Roman (63 years of service), Rudolph Halicki (63 years of service) and Ronald Martin (50 years of service) were all honored for their tremendous contributions to the community.

Dorothy Roman is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She served as the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and she has held the posts of Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee.

Rudolph Halicki is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1950 until the present. He served as Fire Chief from 1954 – 1955.

February 20, 2013
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Senator Young with Ronald Halicki, accepting a proclamation for his father, Rudolph Halicki for 63 years of service to the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

Senator Young stopped by a ceremony commemorating the service of three long-time members of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Dorothy Roman (63 years of service), Rudolph Halicki (63 years of service) and Ronald Martin (50 years of service) were all honored for their tremendous contributions to the community.

Dorothy Roman is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She served as the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and she has held the posts of Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee.

Rudolph Halicki is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1950 until the present. He served as Fire Chief from 1954 – 1955.

February 20, 2013
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Senator Young honors Dorothy Roman for 63 years of service to the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

Senator Young stopped by a ceremony commemorating the service of three long-time members of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Dorothy Roman (63 years of service), Rudolph Halicki (63 years of service) and Ronald Martin (50 years of service) were all honored for their tremendous contributions to the community.

Dorothy Roman is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She served as the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and she has held the posts of Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee.

Rudolph Halicki is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1950 until the present. He served as Fire Chief from 1954 – 1955.

February 20, 2013
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Washinton Heights Fire Department - Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, February 10, 2013 Senator Bonacic attended the Washington Heights Fire Department's Pancake Breakfast. Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Stephen Healy, President & Past Chief, Gordon Healy, Fire Chief and Bruce Healy, Commissioner Vice President & Past Chief.

February 12, 2013
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Rock Hill Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, February 10th, 2013 Senator Bonacic visited with the community and members of the Rock Hill Fire Department at their Pancake Breakfast. Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Jerry Dagostino, President and Michael Hoyt, Vice President.

February 12, 2013
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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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