Issues: Firefighters

Legislation to Preserve Memory of Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty Signed Into Law

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate to ensure that any firefighter who is killed while performing services in the line of duty has their name included on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Albany was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The men and women who make up the volunteer fire services here on Long Island are among the bravest and most qualified firefighters in our state. They give selflessly of their time and expertise. They deserve to have their memories preserved. Thank you to Senator Dean Skelos was sponsoring the legislation and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who strongly supported the law.

July 13, 2012
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Governor Cuomo signs new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara to more immediately honor fallen firefighters like longtime Horseheads Fire Chief Dick Sullivan

Albany, N.Y., July 12—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to ensure that every New York State volunteer or professional firefighter killed in the line of duty has his or her name included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“New York State’s firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, and they earn and deserve every measure of honor and respect that we can offer and provide,” said O’Mara.  “This new law ensures that every firefighter who dies in the line of duty will immediately be provided a place and forever be remembered on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”

July 12, 2012
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Brighton Chamber of Commerce Memorial Stone Dedication

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at the dedication ceremony at the Twelve Corners Memorial Stone in Brighton. Herb Ross, who was a vital part of the Brighton community for so many years, received the honor of having his name added to the memorial stone. I had the pleasure of working with Herb throughout the years, both on my staff and in other capacities. Herb passed away earlier this year. He was a Korean War Army veteran who also served afterward in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of major. He volunteered for six decades at Temple B’rith Kodesh and twice served as president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Herb also worked for a long time at Daw Drug Co., then as an insurance agent. I am pictured with my daughter and members of Herb's family.

July 4, 2012
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Senator Martins' Bill to Assist Firefighters Awaits Governor's Signature

Long Island is blessed to have its fire services provided by dedicated volunteers who commit their time and talent, often entering dangerous situation at all hours of the day and night, in order to protect their neighbors.

When the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) brought forth a concern, Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, sponsored legislation to alleviate the concern. It passed both houses overwhelmingly and now awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature.

June 28, 2012
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Area state lawmakers tout repeal of 'Ropes Law'--unfunded state mandate that forces rural, small fire departments to purchase unneeded equipment

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) have voted in favor of legislation, given final legislative approval, to eliminate the state’s one-size-fits-all “Ropes Law” for firefighter safety and allow local fire departments more flexibility to choose equipment that best meets the needs and conditions of their communities.

June 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.7458) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial recognizes those firefighters from throughout the state who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. The Memorial hosts an annual ceremony that draws firefighters from throughout New York and serves as an occasion for remembrance and healing.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE GIVES SECOND OK TO ‘MARK’S LAW’

Revised Bill Aims to Smooth Passage by Assembly

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES CHANGES TO ‘ROPES RULE’ THAT TIED UP VOLUNTEERS, WASTED TAX DOLLARS

Reforms Were Top Priority of Senator’s Mandate Relief Panel

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency

The Senate apassed a bill (S.6368A) that would allow members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads to take an authorized absence from work when they respond to a state of emergency.

Senator Jack M. Martins strongly supported the bill. “Our firefighters and emergency personnel are always to respond it times of emergency. They should have the security to know that their jobs will be protected when they are serving to protect their communities in times when there is a state of emergency,” he said.

June 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency    The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7458), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Honor Fallen Firefighters

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7458), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.   “Our firefighters put their lives on the line each and every time they respond to a distress call,” Senator Skelos said.  “They all deserve our respect, and those that give their lives in the service of others while in the line of duty deserve to be included in a lasting memorial such as the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”

June 12, 2012
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I NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR ‘MARK’S LAW’

Ritchie Urges Citizens to Sign Petition to Support Firefighters, First Responders

June 11, 2012
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MARK DAVIS' FAMILY AT THE CAPITOL TO WITNESS SENATE PASSAGE OF "MARK'S LAW"

Mark Davis' family were in the Senate Chamber 5/22 to watch as "Mark's Law" won the Senate's approval in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote.

The photo above shows Mark's brother, Michael; sister, Maricia; Mom, Marsha, and Dad, Larry, with Senator Ritchie, in the Senate Chamber prior to the vote.

"I hope (Mark) gets a chance to hear it, sense it, feel it somehow or someway. Isn't that what makes life worth living? Things like this? When people come together and change things to a better degree. That's what it's all about," said Marsha.

 

 

May 31, 2012
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“MARK’S LAW” PASSES 59-0 IN THE SENATE

Bipartisan Bill Would Make it First Degree Murder to Kill an Emergency Responder

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that “Mark’s Law,” a measure that would make killing an emergency responder First Degree Murder, passed 59-0 in the Senate.

May 22, 2012
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Senate Passes "Mark's Law"

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4717B), sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Huevelton) to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

May 22, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks During Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters and Deputies

Standing outside the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco paid tribute to local firefighters and sheriff's deputies who have died in the last year.  The memorial service was held on May 17, 2012.

May 18, 2012
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