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Tax Cap Filing Tax Growth Factors

August 18th, 2017

This year’s tax cap figure is 1.84% and the Special District growth factors which you need to file your tax cap information is listed by county at this OSC web site:

https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/tbgf/2018%20-special%20districts%208-7-17.pdf

 

FAQ’s On the Cancer Bill Awaiting Signature

August 9th, 2017

FAQs on the Cancer Bill awaiting the Governor’s Signature!!

A bill that would provide financial assistance for volunteer firefighters who develop certain kinds of cancer awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signatures.

Q: Who qualifies?

A: Interior firefighters only

Q: What is the minimum length of service to qualify?

A: Five years as interior firefighter

Q: Are yearly mask-fit tests required?

A: Yes, at least five of them

Q: Is a physical required?

A: Yes, from entry into service and with no evidence of cancer at that time

Q: Is a diagnosis of cancer required to get the benefits?

A: Yes, diagnosis must be made after law goes into effect

Q: What cancers are covered?

A: Prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, reproductive and melanoma

Q: What does “presumptive” mean in this situation?

A: These cancers are automatically believed to be caused by exposure during firefighting

Q: Can firefighters collect for more than one diagnosis of these cancers?

A: Yes

Q: Where does the money come from?

A: The money comes from an insurance policy covering each and every interior firefighter

Q: Who pays for this?

A: The firefighter’s fire district, company or department or whoever currently pays for the VFBL coverage.

Q: How much can a firefighter receive?

A: There is a lifetime cap of $50,000.

Q: Is there a lump sum payment per diagnosis?

A: Yes, either $6,250 or $25,000, depending on the severity of the disease

Q: Is there a monthly payment upon total disability?

A: Yes, $1,500 a month for up to 36 months

Q: Is there any payment to beneficiaries of the firefighter if he or she dies?

A: Yes, $50,000

Q: Once signed into law, is there a deadline for start of coverage?

A: Yes, Jan. 1, 2019

Sources: Senate bill S1411B, Assembly bill A711B

Tell The Governor You Would Like This Bill Passed

July 27th, 2017

The Cancer Bill Has Passed the Legislature – Tell the Governor He Needs to Sign It  – Do it right now!!

Cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters has passed both Houses of the Legislature and is waiting to go to Governor Andrew Cuomo for final action. We need every volunteer firefighter, and their family members, in New York to call AND email Governor Cuomo. Follow the links below!

Click here to send an email:  Take Action 

Click here to make a call:  Take Action 

Tips for a Safe 4th of July

June 28th, 2017

The Capital Area Association and the State Association wish you a safe 4th Holiday !

4th of July Flyer

DECON Yourself At the Scene of a Fire

June 20th, 2017

Properly Deconing Yourself at the Scene of a Fire

 

  1. Remove Wipes from packet and fully open to take advantage of the whole wipe. If both sides of the wipe become soiled during the process, use additional wipes as needed
  2. Start with your eyelids and external corners around your eyes. Action Wipes contain no alcohol or harmful chemicals to further irritate or harm your skin
  3. Clean your hands, lips and surrounding skin BEFORE hydrating. If you are thirsty and cannot wait to hydrate, be sure to clean your hands off before grabbing a beverage
  4. Your nose has a lot of blood vessels close to the skin that easily absorb contaminants. Clean inside and around the folds of your nose
  5. Be sure to get inside and around the back of your ears
  6. Get all around your neck and make sure you get all sides as well as under your shirt collar
  7. Wipe down your hair
  8. Use a clean side of the wipe to thoroughly clean your arms. Be sure to mop up the soot and debris and not just spread it around
  9. Clean your hands and be sure to get in-between your fingers and underneath any rings or bracelets
  10. Get as much of the debris out of your fingernails
  11. Underarms and groin are dense with hair follicles and very important to clean, since they can capture and hold debris
  12. Be sure to wipe down below your belt and into your groin to remove as much debris and contaminants as possible.
  13. Don’t forget to blow your nose and TAKE A SHOWER at your earliest opportunity

 

Do not forget, these can also be used to DECON Equipment before it is washed or that cannot be washed  {ie. helmet, ear-flaps, SCBA, Portable Radio etc.}

Considering a Municipal Lease Agreement – Read This First

June 10th, 2017

A municipal lease can be much more complicated than you might imagine, read this before you decide to make a move.

MUNICIPAL LEASE OR INSTALLMENT PURCHASE CONTRACT

July 28th Updated Scorecard, Two Bills Have Been Signed

June 8th, 2017

The legislative season is over for this year, as we wait for the Governor’s Pen, here is where we stand –2017 Bills Scorecard 28July2017

Fire Service Legislative Day a Resounding Success

May 19th, 2017

Fire Service Legislative Day was a full day at the Capital and LOB

The day began with registration and saying hello to fire service friends from across the state, from all of the fire service and codes organizations and both career and volunteer.  Registration commenced at 8:30.  The State Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli spent much time with us discussing various issues including their latest fire service report; http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/pubs/research/fireprotection0317.pdf  and legislation requiring additional transparency for those who contract with Districts, Villages and Cities for fire protection.

 

There were a number of legislators that came in to speak with us about the legislative agenda; Senator Griffo  the passionate Senate sponsor of the cancer bill, Senator Marchione who became very emotional when speaking about her brother who was a local firefighter who died from lung cancer.  She is the leader of the Local Government Committee and helped push the Senate cancer bill to a vote.  Assemblywoman Gunther stopped by, she is the Assembly sponsor of the cancer bill.  MOA Brindisi stopped by to speak about not only the cancer bill but other bills he is supporting which benefit the fire service.  Senators Carlucci and Brooks also stopped by to speak on the cancer bill, the EMS billing bill and several others.  State Fire Administrator Skip Nerney briefed the group on some of OFPCs activities.  Legislative updates were provided by both Paul Zuber, lobbyist for FASNY and Todd Vandervoort lobbyist for both Chief’s and Districts.  Jerry Deluca Executive Director for Chiefs was master of ceremonies. At 10am there was a news conference with the Presidents of the major fire service organizations speaking to the press and taking questions.  The morning’s activities ended around noon with group appointments beginning around 1pm.

 

The attendees were divided up by regions which were closely aligned with our regions.  Members from those regions were given a schedule to follow to meet with both Assembly and Senators from the various regions.  All of the appointments had been arraigned by Lauren Quirk from Todd Vandervoort’s office.  There was a group leader assigned who carried a packet to leave with the elected officials visited which included the Issues of United Concern and talking points on each of the bills currently being considered.  I had the opportunity to meet with a staffer from my Assembly woman’s office who had recently become a volunteer locally, it made for a productive discussion.  We also had the opportunity to meet with Jeff, Senator Marchione’s main staffer, to thank her and the Senate for passing several of the bills on our agenda.

 

Later in the day several of us met with Senate Majority Leader Flanagan in his office and with Andrea Stewart-Cousins the Democratic Conference Leader in her office.  We outlined the bills that needed their support and thanked them for their support to date.  Those who remained left the Capital after 5pm.

 

Representing Districts were: Fred Senti, John Wicka, Ken Preston, Joe Frank, Joel Bearman and Cathy DeLuca assisted with registration. While we certainly always have a percentage of those who do nothing but blow smoke up our butts, I think the impact was positive and as we continue having these events where they see 80 to 100 firefighters they are beginning to know us and recognize us.

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Newly Elected Officers for the State Association for 2017

May 6th, 2017

The newly elected Officers of the State Association as of the Annual Meeting are:

President Tom Rinaldi, Stillwater Fire District – Saratoga County

1st Vice President Fred Senti, Lakeview Fire District – Nassau County

2nd Vice President Ken Preston, North Greece Fire District – Monroe County

Immediate Past President, Anthony Gallino, Rocky Point Fire District – Suffolk County

Secretary Treasurer, Joe DeStefano, Medford Fire District – Suffolk County

Cover Photo of Diary Circus Fire in Scotia – Rebuilding

April 3rd, 2017

A Scotia ice cream stand and restaurant that became an institution is planning to rebuild after a devastating fire nearly a year ago left its future uncertain.

Robb and Doreen Clemons have submitted plans to the village to rebuild the Dairy Circus on Sacandaga Road (state Route 147), which was destroyed by fire on April 18, 2016. The village Planning Board is due to review the plans on March 6.

“They are planning to rebuild something very similar, with the same business plan,” said Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg, a friend of the owners.

Congratulations to the owners for their conviction to rebuild their business, the Capital Area Association had sampled their food for several events.

Comptroller Publishes Updated Report on the Fire Service in New York

April 3rd, 2017

Read the new report on the fire service in New York State here:

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Comptroller Proposes More Transparency for Fire Protection Districts

April 3rd, 2017

NEWS
From the Office of the New York State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoli

DiNAPOLI PROPOSES MORE TRANSPARENCY FOR FIRE PROTECTION COSTS
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today proposed changes to the process for local communities that contract out their fire protection services to incorporated volunteer fire companies. DiNapoli’s legislation would require any incorporated fire company to submit an itemized statement of the estimated costs of providing fire services prior to contract negotiations with any town, village or fire district.

“Many communities rely on the efforts of volunteer fire fighters to protect residents and their property,” DiNapoli said “My legislative proposal would help ensure that the public is aware of the costs of providing fire services before contracts are signed and creates a more standardized process across New York that implements best practices.”

DiNapoli’s legislation is supported by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York and the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

His office also released a report to help New Yorkers learn about the different ways that communities offer fire protection services to residents. New York’s system for providing fire protection is complex. It can lead to lack of civic understanding, limited participation in budget hearings and special elections, and not enough oversight of financial operations.

The report notes:

  • As of December 2015, there were 886 fire districts in the state.
    · All 62 cities and many of the state’s villages have municipal fire departments.
    · There are over 90,000 volunteer and about 18,000 paid career firefighters throughout the state.
    · Ninety-four percent of fire district revenues come from property taxes.
    · Because fire companies are private entities, they are not subject to many of the laws that apply to municipalities and fire districts.

Between 2011 and 2015, the Comptroller’s office audited 194 fire districts and 113 fire companies. DiNapoli’s office trained approximately 1,200 fire officials across the state in the last three years on financial matters.
Attached is the Legislative Memo related to the new legislation:

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Attached is actual proposed text of the legislation:

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