Issues: Firefighters

Emergency Services Volunteer Incentive Act

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) have introduced legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks to Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York

On a recent Friday morning, Senator Jack M. Martins had the opportunity to travel to Lake Placid to speak to the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York. Senator Martins spoke about legislation he sponsored that strengthens the consolidation law. The legislation makes it clearer for residents to under the ramifications of consolidating or dissolving a special district. Prior to making such as decision, residents should know who would pick up their fire fighting services if they were to considering dissolving a fire district. As the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Martins is well aware of the value of the fire services in the Seventh Senate District and around the state.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Fundraiser For Firefighter Max Devane

On February 4, the New Hyde Park Fire Department was called to a fire on 6th Avenue. Among those firefighters who responded was Max Devane of Estates Engine Company #3. Devane was seriously injured while battling the basement fire, requiring five weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries. He even had to withdraw from classes at SUNY Maritime, where he was going to school.

On Friday, April 29, a benefit was held for Max Devane at the Protection Quarters. Senator Jack M. Martins attended to show his support. "I had to come out and show my support for Max. He is one of New Hyde Park's bravest and deserves the support of the community. When the community needed him, Max answered the call," said Senator Martins.

May 2, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN HONORS NYPD AND FDNY OFFICERS FOR RESPONSE TO BAY RIDGE APARTMENT FIRE

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) honored police officers from the 68th Precinct of the New York City Police Department and Firefighters from Engine 241/Ladder 109 with certificates from the New York State Senate yesterday at a ceremony held at his district office.

 

The Police and Fire personnel were honored for their response to a March 20th apartment fire that took place at 7116-5th Avenue.

 

April 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Manhasset-Lakeville Firefighters For 25 Years of Service

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored George Katramados and Joseph Bacik for 25 years of service in the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department. Senator Martins also congratulated Ex-Chief Kyle Dugger for his leadership in his years as chief.

“The men and women who make up the volunteer fire services are special people. They sacrifice their time for the good of others. I want to recognize George Katramados and Joseph Bacik for their years of service as well as Ex-Chief Kyle Dugger for his leadership,” said Senator Martins. “They have served their community with dedication and distinction.”

Senator Martins presented each of the honorees with Senate Resolutions that were read on the floor of the Senate to recognize their accomplishments.

April 20, 2011
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Mineola Fire Department Makes Senator Martins an Honorary Chief

For eight years, Senator Jack M. Martins served as the Mayor of Mineola during which time he saw first-hand the commitment and dedication the men and women of the Mineola Fire Department gave to the community.

In times of emergency when residents and business owners are in need, the Mineola Fire Department is always answering the call. Whether it’s a raging fire, power outage or snow storm, the brave men and women of the department are ready and willing to help.

Recently, the Mineola Fire Department, led by Chief Rob Connolly, 1st Assistant Chief Joe Pratt and 2nd Assistant Chief Jeff Clark, bestowed upon Senator Martins the title of “Honorary Chief” and presented him with a fire helmet from the department.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Robach Speaks at Press Conference Regarding Emergency Responders Legislation

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a press conference held by United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand supports federal legislation to create a wireless broadband network to enable emergency responders to better communicate with one another during an emergency. The legislation was one of the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

April 18, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

April 11, 2011
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Senator O'Mara praises volunteer recruitment efforts planned for National Volunteer Week

Albany, N.Y., April 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a number of the region’s volunteer fire departments will hold Open Houses this weekend 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.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Swears in Officers of the Albertson Fire Company

On March 19, Senator Jack M. Martins swore in the officers of the Albertson Fire Company at the company's annual dinner at the Royalton in Roslyn Heights. Also, Senator Martins had the opportunity to recognize Dennis A. Craine and Peter F. Brala, who were being honored for 50 years of service to the company. Both have committed decades to the company inservice to the community.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Stands With the Floral Park Fire Department to Raise 9-11 Patriot Flag

In an emotional ceremony on Saturday, April 2, the Floral Park Fire Departmetn raised the 9-11 Patriot Flag in honor of Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, two local heroes who died on 9-11 whle coming to the rescue of others. Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to attend the ceremony.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Patriot Flag Ceremony in Floral Park

On Saturday, April 2, Senator Jack M. Martins joined the Floral Park Fire Department for the Flag and Memorial Wall ceremony. The 9-11 Patriot Flag is making a tour of all 50 states and flew over Floral Park. The flag is 30X55.5 feet and weighs 75 pounds. It was raised by two aerial ladder fire trucks at the Reliance Firehouse parking field on Jericho Turnpike and Holland Avenue.

The ceremony was extremely emotional since it paid tribute to Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, who died on 9-11 while coming to the rescue of others.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Commends Yonkers Firefighter Michael Giroux from Deer Park for his Courage and Acts of Heroism

Senator Owen H. Johnson cosponsored a Legislative Resolution commending Yonkers Firefighter Michael Giroux from Deer Park for his recent heroic action in saving the lives of two citizens.  Michael was at the Capitol for the reading of the Resolution during the March 23, 2011 Senate Session. 

March 25, 2011
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Commending Yonkers Firefighter Michael Giroux From Deer Park.

Senator Owen H. Johnson cosponsored a Legislative Resolution commending Yonkers Firefighter Michael Giroux from Deer Park for his recent heroic action in saving the lives of two citizens.  Michael was at the Capitol for the reading of the Resolution during the March 23, 2011 Senate Session.  “I would like to add my congratulations and express my pride in the accomplishments of Michael Giroux and the team of Yonkers Firefighters,” Senator Johnson said as he spoke on the resolution in the Senate Chamber.  “The initiative Michael took showed not only intelligence but bravery and courage.  It’s a wonderfully inspiring story of heroism and rescue.”

March 25, 2011
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Brooklyn Firefighters Honored for Their Actions During Bushwick Fire

Brooklyn Firefighters were recently honored at this week 83rd PCT Community Council meeting for their heroics in saving Bushwick residents during a Bleecker Street fire last month.

March 22, 2011
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Senator Robach Presents State Resolutions to Hilton Firefighters

On Saturday, March 19th, Senator Robach presented New York State Resolutions to William Carter and Past Chief Steve Burritt. The members of the Hilton Fire Department were honored for 50 years of service during the department's annual banquet.

March 21, 2011
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Lifesaving Legislation Receives Senate Approval

ALBANY, 02/14/11 – The New York State Senate today passed potentially lifesaving legislation (S.2387) that would allow emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their personal vehicles.

“Clearing the way for trained first responders to carry AEDs at all times could be the difference between life and death for a heart attack patient,” Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee said.  “By cutting away bureaucratic red-tape and ensuring trained emergency professionals have the tools they need, lives can be saved.”

February 14, 2011
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Senator Ball Hosts Local Elected Officials Summit

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Fire Chiefs From the 7th Senate District

State Senator Jack M. Martins met with the fire chiefs from the departments in the 7th Senate District in an effort to listen to their concerns.

February 3, 2011
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