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Volunteer firefighters call on Cuomo to sign cancer bill

Local volunteer firefighters are waiting on Governor Cuomo to sign a bill that would help them if they're at risk of getting cancer. Firefighters spoke Tuesday in Williamsville, asking the governor to sign a bill that passed the legislature unanimously this year. It gives gap coverage to volunteer firefighters who…

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Legislation on many issues requires immediate action

With summer winding down and students headed back to school, there are a number of Western New York priorities that were passed by the state Legislature but still require the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo before they can become law. Among these are keeping Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center…

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Local leaders fight for firefighters’ health

Assemblymen Anthony Brindisi of Utica, William Magee of Nelson and State Sen. David Valesky of Oneida rallied with members of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, and area volunteer firefighters asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation (S.01411-B/A.711-B)…

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Local lawmakers, fire officials encourage Cuomo to sign firefighter cancer coverage bill

Three local lawmakers are rallying together with state fire officials and local volunteer firefighters to encourage Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would improve cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica, Assemblyman William Magee of Nelson and state Sen. David Valesky of Oneida met with members…

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Carthage board rescinds support letter

A decision by the village Board of Trustees to rescind a letter sent in support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoing the Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits bill was met with applause Monday. Firefighters and their supporters packed the village municipal building conference room to capacity and overflowed into…

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Carthage Firefighters Ask Village To Support Cancer Bill

Carthage firefighters are asking village leaders to stand by them. That's because the village board wrote a letter to the state opposing a bill that would help volunteer firefighters with the cost of fighting cancer. Dozens of firefighters and supporters came in trucks -- and even a bus -- and…

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Volunteer firefighters fight to get benefits

A volunteer firefighter for more than three decades, Brian McQueen got the grim news on Dec. 24, 2013. For about two months, the former chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department thought he had a bad cold. But he was diagnosed that day with B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He decided to get…

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Carthage rescinds letter vetoing legislation to cover cancer for volunteer firefighters

After nearly an hour of personal testimonies, the Carthage village board made a motion to rescind a letter vetoing legislation that would provide cancer coverage to volunteer firefighters. “So we have a concern that the taxpayers are the people who are going to be paying for this and the state…

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FASNY Scholarship Awarded To Jericho Student And Volunteer Firefighter

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has awarded the 2017 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Maddy Rangel of Jericho, NY. Rangel received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for her volunteer service in the community from Robert Ottaviano, member of the FASNY Board of Directors.…

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Volunteer firefighters urge Cuomo to extend coverage

A volunteer firefighter for more than three decades, Brian McQueen got the grim news on Dec. 24, 2013. For about two months, the former chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department thought he had a bad cold. But he was diagnosed that day with B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He decided to get…

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