Albany, N.Y., September 11—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation, supported by state Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), to create a “Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund” by allowing taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the fund’s establishment through a state income tax check-off.
It’s an issue that’s simply not going to go away, and so we just need to keep working at it.
I’m talking about an issue that I’ve been trying to keep alive in the Legislature since my election to the New York State Senate four years ago: the future of our local volunteer fire departments. Each and every one of us recognizes that government, at every level, has its hands full dealing with economic and fiscal challenges as deep-rooted and as difficult as we’ve ever had to face.
Albany, N.Y., February 10—The Senate Investigations Committee has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to help localities avoid potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.