Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) workers bravely serve our communities every day, putting their lives on the line and protecting the public. The debt and gratitude that we owe these men and women is tremendous.
Each of our volunteer firefighters and EMS workers is eligible for a $200.00 refundable tax credit from New York State for their service. Even if a volunteer does not pay taxes or have other income, they are still eligible for this credit- they simply file a return using the IT-201 long form and fill out an IT-245.
This week, October 9-15, is National Fire Prevention Week, presented by the National Fire Protection Association. In recognition of this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week, “Protect Your Family From Fire”, I am encouraging everyone to check the working order of your home’s smoke detectors, minimize the use of potential fire hazards such as candles, and plan and practice a fire escape route with your family. Simple steps like these can help save lives.
Geneva – Senator Mike Nozzolio is continuing his fight to expand benefits for volunteer firemen so they will be entitled to the same workers compensation coverage as paid fire fighters. Senator Nozzolio is the sponsor of legislation (S.4004-A) which achieves equity for all fire fighters - and insures that all firefighters - p
Senator Nozzolio recently enacted special New York State Resolutions recognizing the service and sacrifices of Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, as well as wounded West Webster Volunteer Firefighters Ted Scardino, Joseph Hofstett...er. Senator Nozzolio also recognized the heroic actions of Greece Police Officer Jon Ritter and Webster Police Officers, Mark Reed, Shaun Welch, Kevin Hall and Irondequoit Police Officer Doug Pollock.