• State officially KOs ‘tampon tax’

    Officially say goodbye to the “tampon tax.” In a busy day for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pen, the state’s executive on Thursday signed legislation to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales and use taxes. “This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is… Read More

  • New York First Responders Take Online Threat Seriously

    Firefighters, EMTs and paramedics across the state are urged to use caution BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The union representing Buffalo’s firefighters is urging all of its members to be extra vigilant to keep themselves safe from a potential attack, after new threats against firefighters emerged online. The Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 issued a safety… Read More

  • Four Reasons Why College Students Should Become Volunteer Firefighters

    What if you called 911 and nobody came? It’s three in the morning and the pager on your nightstand starts beeping. “Reported structure fire,” the dispatcher says, as you get dressed and grab your car keys. The roads are empty at this time of night. You’re on your way to the firehouse, but you don’t… Read More

  • $750,000 state grant aids Rensselaer County first responders

    A $750,000 state grant will pay for 1,940 pagers to equip Rensselaer County’s volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad members when the county’s $20 million emergency radio system goes online at the end of the year. State Sen. Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, was surrounded by nearly 100 volunteer first responders at the new Defreestville Fire Station on… Read More

  • Emergency Agencies Receive New Technology

    RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. — Rensselaer County Officials announce a new technology that can help first responders save lives. Thanks to $750,000 in funding, every fire company and ambulance service in the county will be given new pagers. Senator Kathy Marchione was able to secure the state funding in the 2016-2017 state budgets. This round of… Read More

  • Firefighters in Rensselaer County unveil new ‘lifesaving’ pager system

    DEFREESTVILLE – Imagine if your house was on fire, or if your family member suffered a medical emergency, and the people you were depending on for help, couldn’t receive the emergency message. That’s what has been at stake in Rensselaer County. In the remote, rolling hills of rural Rensselaer County, there’s no guarantee when an… Read More

  • Rensselaer County gets funding for new emergency response pagers

    DEFREESTVILLE >> All first responders in Rensselaer County will soon be using new emergency response pagers after state Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, was able to secure state funding for needed upgrades. Marchione announced at a Wednesday morning news conference at the new Defreestville fire station that she was able to secure $750,000, with every county… Read More

  • Spindle items

    RAISE THE PULSE — Nashvilles II, 8166 Main St., in conjunction with Country 106.5 WYRK, will host Raise the Pulse, a fundraiser for the victims of the massacre that occurred at Pulse nightclub on June 12. The event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10. All proceeds from ticket sales and… Read More

  • Officials Give Firework Safety Tips Before 4th of July Holiday

    SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — David Rothe is an independent contractor for TNT Fireworks on route 32 in Saugerties. He said he’s been really busy helping customers looking to buy fireworks. “People have a lot of good family stories, July Fourth is always a good time for families to get together and join together and have some… Read More

  • Fire Officials Urging Caution with Celebratory Explosives

    As you prepare for Independence Day fun, the state Fireman’s Association wants to remind you to celebrate safely. FASNY officials are urging residents to avoid any potential fireworks accidents at home by attending professional displays. If you do choose to light your own fireworks, fire officials says it is imperative to put them out correctly.… Read More

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