All Members and Business Partners are Invited to Our Annual Officer’s Reception
Open your invitation and RSVP at this link. Mark your calendar for March 11th and we will see you at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs to share the evening.
View the Final Report of the NYS VFF Task Force
Here is a link to the final report of the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Task Force.
Directors and Officers Vote to Change Name
At their reorganizational meeting the Directors and Officers have changed the name of this organization to be Capital Area Fire Districts Association or (CAFDA). Within the next few months we will be introducing a new logo also. The new name emphasizes the location of organization and also notes that the many members come from areas surrounding the Capital District which is normally thought of as Albany-Troy-Schenectady. Our association is much larger and includes members from 8 counties many outside of the defined capital district. The Capital Area covers a land mass as large as the State of Connecticut and includes approximately 98 fire districts.
Additional Information on the “new” Property Tax Exemption
REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR ON 12/09/2022
Now that the bill is signed, we now need to encourage our local government to vote to provide a property tax exemption to our volunteer firefighters, and volunteer EMS providers.
This change in the real property tax law will allow any county to adopt a local law that will provide an exemption on real property owned by an enrolled member of an incorporated volunteer fire company, department, or voluntary ambulance service.
The change in the law will exempt up to 10% of the assessed value for members who served a minimum of two years. The law would require localities that currently provide the exemption adopt a local law to conform to this provision.
LINK TO BILL:
Parsing the Document Bill Number S9131:
- Amends the real property tax law by adding new section 466-A*2
- Signed by the Governor on 12/9/22 Chapter 670
- Provides all local governments with the option to provide a property tax exemption to volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers.
- Provides a tax exemption to enrolled members of an incorporated volunteer fire company or incorporated voluntary ambulance service.
- Shall be exempt from taxation to the extent of up to ten percent of the assessed value of such property for city, village, town, part town, special district, school district, fire district or county purposes, exclusive of special assessments, provided that the governing body of a city, village, town, school district, fire district or county, after a public hearing, adopts a local law, ordinance or resolution providing therefor.
- The property is the primary residence of the applicant. (can’t be taken for a summer home, camp etc.)
- Exemptions only apply to residential property.
- In summation, the bill would allow any county to adopt a local law (let’s put that another way, it allows any local jurisdiction within any county to adopt a local law) that will provide an exemption on real property owned by an enrolled member of an incorporated volunteer fire company, department, or voluntary ambulance service. The bill would exempt up to 10% of the assessed value for members who served a minimum of two years. The bill would require localities that currently provide the exemption adopt a local law to conform to this provision.
- Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers provide a significant benefit to residents and taxpayers through their countless hours of service protecting our communities. Currently, less than half of counties in New York are authorized to provide a local property tax exemption benefit to qualifying volunteer firefighter and ambulance workers. This bill seeks to provide a statewide option for all local governments to offer up to a 10% exemption of assessed value to eligible volunteers. This bill provides for flexibility in administering this property tax exemption by giving local governments discretion in adopting a local law or ordinance. By expanding the opportunity to provide this critical tax exemption, it will help improve recruitment and retention of our volunteer fire and ambulance services.
- Any city, village, town, school district, fire district or county that currently, through local law, ordinance or resolution, provides an exemption from taxation for an enrolled member of an incorporated volunteer fire company, fire department or incorporated voluntary ambulance service, such enrolled member and spouse, or an un-remarried spouse shall be authorized to continue to provide such exemption, provided however, such city, village, town, school district, fire district or county shall adopt a local law, ordinance or resolution to conform to the provisions of this section no later than three years after the effective date of this section. (In other words, the old tax exemption law and its language go away!)
Hybrid Meetings Start January 7th
The officers and directors of the Capital Region Association are pleased to announce that hybrid meetings will commence with the Saturday January 7th meeting. This provides access to all of our members from the far corners of the 7 county area. Our purpose is to provide access to all of our members at every meeting open to the membership. A zoom link has been provided in the January 1st Bulletin and will also be sent out separately using our constant contact email platform. Please use the link to join us for the first meeting of 2023 to take place on Saturday January 7th at 9:00am. If you are able to join us at the Clifton Park Fire Station, breakfast will be served prior to the start of the meeting about 8:30am.
CAPITAL AREA PROVIDING MANDATED COMMISSIONER TRAINING SANCTIONED BY NYS-OSC
MANDATED COMMISSIONER TRAINING SANCTIONED BY NYS-OSC, JUST $85.00 PER ATTENDEE!
Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:00 AM 6 hour Commissioner Training Averill Park, Rensselaer Co. w/Greg Serio
Saturday, March 4, 2023 8:00 AM 6 hour Commissioner Training Clifton Park Saratoga Co. w/Greg Serio
Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:00 AM 6 hour Commissioner Training Berkshire Fire District Fulton, Co. w/Greg Serio
SAVE A SEAT, PAY AT THE DOOR, BUT MAKE A RESERVATION NOW!
REGISTER AT CAAOFD@GMAIL.COM
NYS-Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Disability Benefit Program Reporting Dates!!
As we all know, cancer prevention in the fire service is more important now than ever. Studies have shown that our firefighters have a greater risk of being diagnosed with cancer that the general public. We remind all our members that the NYS Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Law (NYS General Municipal Law 205-cc), requires annual reporting by fire districts. Annual reports are due to OFPC on December 1st, 2022.
the upcoming due dates and requirements. It is important to continue increasing cancer awareness and prevention to assure our firefighters’ health and wellness. NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control provides excellent Firefighter Health and Wellness Presentations. Please contact Fire Protection Specialist, Timothy Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518)-292-2355 for more information.
Remember to complete the required reports and submit them by their due dates.
Due by December 1, 2022, Fire District, department or company annual claims report EOSB-210.8C. Your insurance company is able to provide a report that includes this information. [https://www.dhses.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/12/eosb210-8c.pdf]
Due by December 1, 2022, Annual Roster of Interior Fire Fighters EOSB-210.8R. This should include the list of a department’s interior firefighters from 2022 or if you have purchased an enhanced plan, all firefighters covered by your insurance plan. [https://www.dhses.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/10/210.8r.pdf]
Due by January 1, 2023, Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Program
Attestation/Proof of Benefits EOSB-210.5 along with a copy of the cover sheet of the insurance policy.
Commissioner Training in the Capital Area for 2023
Only $85.00 per person for the State Mandated Commissioner Training, 3 sessions available in the Capital Region. Attendees outside of the 7 county region are invited to attend any one of the sessions
All three sessions being taught by Attorney and Past Chief of the Verdoy Fire Department Greg Serio
Find the information you need at this link: Comm Training Schedule
REGISTER AT: email@example.com; include your name, fire district and email address
Capital Area Meeting & Training Schedule for 2023
Download the Meeting/Training Schedule for 2023 at this link:
Officers and Directors for 2023
President Commissioner - Tom Rinaldi/Stillwater Fire District 1st Vice President Commissioner - John Meehan/West Crescent Fire District 2nd Vice President Commissioner - Art Hunsinger/Clifton Park Halfmoon Fire District Directors; Les Bonesteel/Burnt Hills Fire District Tom Wood/Northumberland Fire District Joyce Petkus/Greenfield Fire District Ed Woehrle/Niskayuna Fire District #1 Mike Podolec/West Glenville Fire District Our Secretary, Chaplain, & Sgt at Arms will be appointed at the January Meeting
The Consolidation of Fire Protection Services in New York State Sept 2022
The Consolidation of Fire Protection Services in New York State
A Primer September 2022
By: Lisa K. Parshall The Rockefeller Institute of Government
Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Co Press Release
New York State’s Revised Experience Modification Rating Program
We have an important insurance update to share that will impact all Workers Compensation and Volunteer Firefighter Benefits Law (VFBL) policyholders in New York State. This applies to all insurance companies and providers doing business in New York State.
As approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) has implemented a new calculation this year to determine the Experience Modification Factors (EMFs) for all New York State Employers including fire districts. This may result in a significant change to some employers/fire districts EMFs which is based on the policyholder’s loss experience. According to NYCIRB, after a detailed study they found that the prior calculation did not sufficiently incentivize workplace safety or adjust premiums to an appropriate level for individual risks.
The experience modifier is a multiplying factor that’s assigned to an employer/fire district each year by NYCIRB and reflects its claim history. This number is based on your actual cost of injuries compared to the expected costs for companies of a similar size in the same industry. Any change to your 2023 renewal EMF will directly impact your premium.
If an employer/fire district’s accident history is below average, they can get a credit on their workers’ compensation policy, meaning they pay less premium. If their experience is above average when compared to similar sized and types of employers/fire districts, they’ll pay more than average for the same type of coverage. The NYCIRB has made several resources available to employers on their website (www.nycirb.org) to facilitate in understanding the changes they have made.
Putting safety first is critical for managing workers’ compensation and VFBL losses. Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Co., Inc. provides our policyholders cost effective quality service including loss control services to help improve and maintain the health and safety of firefighters throughout New York State. We partner with local independent insurance brokers. Contact your Insurance Broker if you have any questions. Together we are dedicated to serve your needs.
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