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Robert K. Sweeney
Assembly District 11
Chair, Environmental Conservation Committee
New Powers for First Responders will Help Taxpayers
Sweeney/LaValle measure will improve efficiency and reduce costs
July 9, 2012

New legislation (A.10279-A, S.3739A) to allow fire companies to make joint purchases and thereby save taxpayer dollars has passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly, it was announced today by New York State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I–Port Jefferson) and will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.

The bill, both legislators said, amends the not-for-profit corporation law to allow fire companies to consolidate purchases in an effort to be more efficient and reduce costs. Fire Districts already have the legal ability to purchase in this manner.

Assemblyman Sweeney said, “The Town of Babylon has numerous fire companies that provide services within its borders. This bill will help the volunteers to continue to provide proficient and expert emergency services at a lower cost. This bill will help volunteer fire companies statewide.”

“Now,” LaValle said, “fire companies can enter into an agreement to purchase new hoses or helmets and be afforded a discount on their combined, larger purchase. It makes sense for the fire companies and more importantly for the tax payers who foot the bill.”

David Jacobowitz, president of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York lauded Assemblyman Sweeney and Senator LaValle for the passage of this key legislation stating " the fire service must be conscious of creating efficiencies and enabling joint purchasing of today’s costly equipment, this legislation makes that happen".

The law will take effect immediately, once signed by Governor Cuomo.

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