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Senator Metzger’s Bill Increasing Funds for Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Signed Into Law By Gov Cuomo

*Press Release*

Albany, NY…State Senator Jen Metzger’s bill to lift the maximum cap for Length of Service Awards Programs (LOSAP) contributions was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo today, almost doubling the current annual amount from $700 to $1,200 for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers.

Enacted in 1988, Section 218 of the General Municipal Law outlines the monetary reward that volunteers receive at retirement age. Since that time, the maximum annual award allowed has increased only once, in 2004, from $480 per year to the current cap of $700 per year. Carried in the Assembly by Fred W. Thiele (AD-1), the amendment to the law goes into effect immediately.

“Firefighters and EMS volunteers are the first line of defense in emergencies in our communities, and are vital to the protection of public safety and well-being,” said Senator Metzger. “By increasing the maximum allowable award, we recognize the work of these dedicated and brave volunteers while also providing a stronger incentive for recruitment of new volunteers.”

Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) President Steven E. Klein said, “New York’s brave volunteers sacrifice their time and face great risk in service of their communities. They do this gladly and proudly, without pay. Length of Service Awards Programs directly reflect New York’s appreciation to our volunteers for their longevity of service. Measures like these are crucial in recruiting and retaining more volunteer firefighters. Updating this program is long overdue to keep pace with inflation and cost of living adjustments. FASNY is grateful to State Senator Jennifer Metzger and Assemblyman Fred Thiele for their leadership on this issue, and to the entire Legislature for passing this bill. We applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing this bill into law.”

While FASNY has taken important steps to focus on recruitment and retention initiatives — adding approximately 20,000 new members from 2011 to 2014 — more volunteer firefighters are always needed to ensure that New Yorkers are adequately protected.



Program from the Division of Environmental Health supports veterans and active military pursuing careers in building trades and property management

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health has scheduled classes through March 2020 for its Veterans Lead Safety for Renovations, Repairs and Painting Course. This class is free for veterans and members of the military. Upon completion of this 8-hour class, participants who pass a written exam will earn an EPA Certified Renovator designation, which is a special certification required for all home improvement activity in housing built before 1978 and in any child-occupied facility.

“We offer this course alongside our other lead poisoning prevention programs because lead exposure through lead-contaminated dust, lead-based paint and other sources is harmful, especially to children who live in homes built in 1978 or before,” said Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “Contractors who are trained in lead safe work practices are able to take steps to address lead hazards, prevent lead contamination during renovations and construction, and protect themselves with appropriate safety measures.”

“Any veteran or service member who wants to work in construction, home improvement, building trades and property management can gain a competitive edge with this valuable safety certification,” said Erie County Veterans Service Agency Director David Shenk. “I would encourage any veteran who works in construction or property management, or who is considering a career in those fields, to sign up for this free class.”

Registration is required and space is limited; participants must present military ID on the day of class. The class is held at 503 Kensington Avenue in Buffalo, behind ECMC, and free parking is available. The schedule has been finalized for the first quarter of 2020. To register, email or call (716) 961-7582 or visit and search for “Veterans Lead Safety.”


Saturday, 11/16/2019: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 11/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/10/2019: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, 12/14/2019: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 01/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, 01/25/2020: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 02/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, 02/22/2020: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 03/10/2020: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, 03/21/2020: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional dates will be scheduled.


Erie County Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs

Erie County Veterans Service Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program

Recall Alert From Wegman’s

Company Announcement

Reason for Recall:

The products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This recall is connected to a voluntary recall of vegetable products announced by Mann Packing Co., Inc. on November 3 after they were notified by the Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of potential contamination.

How to identify the recalled product:

  1. Veggie Power Blend

Sold on the Self-Serve Cold Bar between 9/29/2019 and 11/04/2019

Tofu Shiitake Slaw

Sold on the Self-Serve Cold Bar between 9/29/2019 and 11/04/2019

Refund information:

Customers may return to the Service Desk for a full refund.

For more information, contact:

Wegmans Food Markets at 1-855-934-3663 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM