Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) recently sponsored legislation in support of volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that has passed the Assembly. The bill, which provides a ten percent real property tax exemption to volunteers in Rensselaer and other counties with similar population numbers, will be a critical tool in recruiting and retaining volunteers.
“Our local volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers lay their lives on the line each and every day purely out of love for their neighbors and community,” said McLaughlin. “A property tax exemption for these selfless volunteers should help bolster the numbers in our departments and provide an incentive for these heroes to continue serving the communities that so desperately need their help. Our volunteers deserve this as a token of our gratitude, and I am honored to provide a sign of the community’s appreciation.”
The bill has been delivered to the Senate, where it is being sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald.
Anyone interested in volunteering as a firefighter can contact their local fire house for more information. Those interested in volunteering as either a firefighter or ambulance worker can contact their county Emergency Management Office. Offices in the 108th Assembly District can be reached at:
Rensselaer County Bureau of Public Safety: 270-4160
Albany County Sheriff’s Office: 497-5400
Greene County Department of Emergency Services: 622-3643
Columbia County Emergency Management Office: 828-1212