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Annual 'Government Affairs Day' Today in Albany

THe AFDSNY Leadership as well as other NYS Emergency Services organizations took an active role during this years Fire Service Government Information Day, May 20 th in Albany, NY.  It was an opportunity to interact with our NYS elected representatives at the legislative table to let them know about the important issues that are important to you our AFDSNY membership .   

There was good press coverage about our fire service issues of united concern. A press conference was held today (photo) to discuss the importance of passage for one main priority that would allow fire departments to recover the costs of providing ambulance services, as well other concerns that is nicely summed up in this evenings "Niagara Frontier Publications article (link provided) below)

Provide here are two media reports. 

Today's Press  (Niagara Frontier Publications)

North Country Public Radio  (Ambulance Billing)

ALBANY, 05/20/19 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I/Ref-Oneonta) today joined Assemblyman Chris Tague (R/C/I/Ref-Schoharie) to announce introduction of legislation to aid volunteer first responders.  The bill (S.5564/A.7655) would give a full state income tax exemption to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.

NYS Senate Press Release (direct link)

Fire District officials can follow the progress of all NYS Fire Service Legislation while Albany is in session or awaiting the Governor signiture or veto of passed bills. All fire service service bills introduced can be followed by viewing or printing the "2019 Legislative Scorecard" which is updated frequently throughout the current legislative session. The scorecard and other legislative tools are located in the AFDSNY website "Legislative Center". To view the current scorecard, click the link below. 

2018-2019 Legislative Scorecard