Golden Trumpet

The FASNY Golden Trumpet Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional support for and assistance to the volunteer fire service. Historically this award has been given to New York State legislators, government officials and others who have shown a commitment to supporting the volunteer fire service. This award is presented at the FASNY Legislative Conference.

Senator Kathleen Marchione receiving the Golden Trumpet Award

2018 Award Recipient

Senator Kathleen Marchione

Our 2018 winner, Senator Kathleen Marchione, is the first woman to win the Golden Trumpet. Kathleen was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2012 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2014 to continue serving and representing families across the 43rd Senate District, which includes parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties and all of Columbia County.

Senator Marchione chairs the Senate’s Committee on Local Government, a committee that all of FASNY’s bills seem to start or finish in. In addition to serving on several Senate standing committees including Aging, Banks, Consumer Protections, Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Elections, Finance, Labor, Racing and Gaming and Wagering, Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, Senator Marchione also serves on the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases and the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development.

Senator Marchione is a trusted independent voice for real change that New York’s families, communities and small businesses need. Taxpayers know that Kathy cares and that they can “count on Kathy” to continue putting people before partisan politics, stand up for what’s right and work for a safer, stronger, more affordable New York.

Senator Marchione’s approach to public service and helping her constituents is positive, inclusive and based on her strong belief in working together to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. Senator Marchione’s legislative agenda includes delivering real tax relief for families and small businesses, cutting wasteful spending, preserving and protecting the Second Amendment, reforming State government, stopping Albany’s unfunded mandates, honoring and helping New York’s courageous veterans and first responders, strengthening our schools, supporting our hard-working farming families, combating the deadly rising tide of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, and cutting job-killing rules, regulations and red tape for private sector job creators so they can grow a more competitive economy that works for all New Yorkers.

Some of the many non-partisan successes Senator Marchione has helped achieve include enacting the fifth consecutive on-time state budget, holding spending growth below two percent, opposing tax increases, supporting welfare reform, delivering property tax rebates and historic school aid increases, and providing tax credits for businesses that hire veterans. Senator Marchione sponsors a bi-partisan legislative resolution memorializing “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in New York State in conjunction with the global observance of “World Down Syndrome Day.” In 2015, Senator Marchione had the honor of speaking at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations and continues her public advocacy on this important issue.

Senator Marchione has continually been recognized for her leadership, character and courage. In recognition of her principled opposition to the unconstitutional Safe Act, Senator Marchione was named a Legislator of the Year for 2013 by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. Senator Marchione also was named a Legislator of the Year for 2014 by the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE).

Senator Marchione has also been honored by the Legal Project for her strong support of its domestic violence prevention initiatives and its Katheryn D. Katz Fellowship Program. Senator Marchione also received the No One Left Behind Award from the Rensselaer County Heroes at Home for her strong support of the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling Program, an important initiative that helps New York’s veterans who return home with the invisible wounds of war.

Since her election in 2012, Senator Marchione has authored 19 new, bi-partisan State laws, sponsored 167 pieces of legislation and co-sponsored over 300 Senate bills. Senator Marchione continues listening to her constituents’ good ideas and suggestions for State laws that will solve problems and help all New Yorkers.

The Senator was a co-sponsor of the Cancer Bill, COLA Adjustment Bill for VFBL, Firefighter Leave Work Bill and changes to VFBL for firefighters and ambulance workers. The Senator also has obtained a great deal of funding for the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, $500,000 for FASNY for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and a $750,000 State grant to pay for 1,940 pagers to equip Rensselaer County volunteer firefighters when the county went online with their new radio system. The Senator also has assisted individual volunteer fire companies with various grants for upgrades to their facilities, equipment and various other needs.

In her former capacity as Co-Chair of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), Senator Marchione helped lead a historic, bi-partisan Senate effort that successfully identified 2,219 State rules and regulations to be revised or eliminated to make New York more business friendly.

Putting people first and delivering high-quality, responsive, friendly service that treats all constituents like valued customers is a top priority for Senator Marchione. Senator Marchione’s office has helped thousands of constituents, communities and small businesses throughout the 43rd Senate District by performing casework that has solved problems and gotten real results.

Prior to entering the New York State Senate, Kathy Marchione was the former County Clerk of Saratoga County and is now serving in her 35th year of public service. She won her first election as Halfmoon Town Clerk at the age of 25 and thereafter served as Halfmoon Town Supervisor before being elected as the Saratoga County Clerk in 1997.

In 2007, Kathy served as President of the New York State Association of County Clerks. She is a former Advisory Board member for Leadership Saratoga, where she served for 14 years. She was a longtime member and former Chairwoman of the Capitol District Regional Planning Commission. After serving as Chair of the New York State Regional Records Advisory Committee for over 10 years, Kathy was appointed to the prestigious New York State Local Government Records Committee.

She is a 25-plus year member of the Temple Baptist Church and is the church’s former drama director, greeting coordinator, and member of the deaf ministry.

In 2010, she was selected as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. She is a four-time recipient of the annual Achievement Award for Service to the Association of County Clerks and in 2008 was selected Clerk of the Year. In 2006, Saratoga County was chosen from over 4,000 candidates statewide as the recipient of the William Kelly Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development, which directly commended Kathy for her work. In 2007, she was the recipient of the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers Wheeler B. Melius Award, which is the highest distinction that a records management professional can receive. It is given for outstanding service to the records management program. In 2008, she was selected as Conservative of the Year by the Saratoga County Conservative Party and received the Clifton Park Republican Committee’s Chairman Award.

As the Senator approaches retirement, there is no better way to recognize her as one of the most steadfast and devoted champions of the volunteer fire service.

Past Award Recipients

1991 Hon. Sherwood L. Boehlert Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
1992 Dennis T. Gorski Erie County Executive
1993 Michael J. Bragman New York State Assemblyman
1994 Kurt Vonnegut Internationally Recognized Writer
1995 Nancy Larraine Hoffman New York State Senator
1996 No Award Given
1997 Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke New York State Chief Judge, Retired
1998 No Award Given
1999 Alphonse D’Amato U.S. Senator
2000 Paul A. Tokasz New York State Assemblyman
2001 James L. Seward New York State Senator
2002 No Award Given
2003 William Magee New York State Assemblyman
2004 Richard A. Smith New York State Assemblyman
2005 John J. Bonacic New York State Senator
2006 John F. Mueller OFPC Fire Prevention Bureau Chief
2007 Dale M. Volker New York State Senator
2008 RoAnn Destito New York State Assemblywoman
2009 Harvey Weisenberg New York State Assemblyman
2014 Bobby Knight FASNY Legislative Committee Vice Chairman
2015 Aileen Gunther New York State Assemblywoman
2016 Joseph Griffo New York State Senator
2017 Brian F. McQueen Past chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department
2018 Kathleen Marchione New York State Senator