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3 Greenburgh paid fire depts helping Buffalo ---think NYS should reimburse local gov that help
Release Date: November 23, 2014

The three paid fire departments in Greenburgh --Fairview, Hartsdale and Greenville, have received an official request to help Buffalo with their recent snow related emergency.  At least 12 deaths were attributed to the heavy snow storms that buried parts of Buffalo & Erie County this week. Residents have been trapped in their homes and roofs have collapsed. This week Buffalo officials expect significant flooding because of warm weather melting the snow.

According to Fairview Fire Chief Howard Reiss the three Greenburgh Fire Departments are sending our firefighters who are trained in collapse operations to the Buffalo area for a 72 hour deployment.  Fairview, Hartsdale, and Greenville are sending a combined 12 members and are joined by Yonkers and White Plains FD.  They have already hit the road. Chief Reiss indicated that "We are truly proud to be able to answer the call for assistance."

I would like to salute the 3 paid fire districts for helping out during this emergency. I have reached out to the Governor's office and will be contacting other state officials this week requesting that the state (or FEMA) reimburse our three paid fire departments and other local government entities for personnel and other related costs associated with assisting Buffalo.  NYS has a 5 billion surplus. The 3 paid fire districts and all local governments are working hard to keep their tax increase below the tax cap.



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