New York News

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dutchess County Firehouse on Verge of Closing

A firehouse on Dutchess County may be closing its doors for good in the very near future. Robert Matragrano, vice-president of the Croft Corners Fire Company, part of the Arlington Fire District, claims that the Board of Fire Commissioners (BOFC), chaired by James Beretta, has refused to negotiate in good faith with the fire company, which may lead to the Arlington FD Station 5 shuttering its doors at the end of the month. The station in jeopardy, known as the Croft Corners firehouse/Arlington station 5 is located near the intersection of Route 9 and Spackenkill Road. The building is owned by the Croft Corners Fire Company and has been in operation since 1951. The station houses two engines and one ladder truck. The volunteers staff one engine and the ladder truck while the other engine is manned 24/7 by paid Arlington firefighters.
Hudson Valley Post

City officials blast de Blasio administration, FDNY for allowing ex-commissioner’s son to become firefighter

City officials ripped the de Blasio administration and the FDNY for its plans to make a firefighter out of an ex-commissioner’s son who one of them deemed “the poster child of bigotry.” Joseph Cassano, the son of former FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano, joined the Fire Academy Monday after serving as an EMT — the same job he quit as a probie in 2013, after racist and anti-Semitic tweets he’d published surfaced. Several City Council members — including Councilman Andy King, who deemed Cassano the “poster child of bigotry” — called for Cassano to be kicked out of the academy last week, and that chorus was joined Monday by Controller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James. “I don’t want our firefighters working with somebody who clearly has very serious issues with people who are not like him,” Stringer said.
New York Daily News

Police: Video shows Utica officer engage in physical contact with individual at fire scene

The Utica Police Department is investigating a physical altercation involving one of its officers and an individual at the scene of a fire. The incident became known due to a video that was shown to police. The video showed an officer engaging in physical contact with a subject which causes the subject to fall to the ground, according to Utica Police. The subject, who was the owner of the building that had been on fire, was removed from the secured area inside of the police tape at 333 South St. in Utica. Police said the officer was attempting to assist the Utica Fire Marshal and prevent the "highly emotional individual" from interfering with the Utica Fire Marshal's investigation and keep him away from a dangerous situation. Utica Police said it will conduct a full investigation of this incident.

Firefighter injured responding to house on Lighthouse Hill in Staten Island

A firefighter suffered minor injuries Monday evening responding to a home on Lighthouse Hill, according to a FDNY spokesman. The fire originated in the basement of the two-story house at 273 Lighthouse Avenue, which according to a FDNY source on scene was undergoing renovations. The injured firefighter was transported to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, the spokesman said. No civilians were injured, according to authorities. About a dozen units responded at about 4:38 p.m. to the two-story house at 273 Lighthouse Avenue, where smoke and flames damaged the basement and first floor, the spokesman said. Multiple fire trucks remained on scene, along with a sanitation truck for debris, at about 6:15 p.m.
Staten Island Advance

Terror suspect rode subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan with bomb strapped to body

A man accused of detonating an explosive in the New York City subway system this morning had the bomb strapped to him while he rode in from Brooklyn to Manhattan before the attack, a law enforcement source said. The explosion occurred in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate a major transit hub just blocks from Times Square. Despite the rush-hour crowds, only five people suffered minor injuries, officials said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the underground explosion "one of our worst nightmares." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an "attempted terrorist attack." Authorities called the homemade device an "improvised low-tech explosive" that was attached to the suspect with hook-and-loop fasteners and zip ties.

Man arrested for Canandaigua homicide, arson investigation

An Ontario County courtroom erupted in applause Monday morning as a suspect in a murder from September was identified and ordered help without bail. Police say the 18 year old suspect identified as Robert Clegg killed a Canandaigua man September 30, then set a fire to cover it up. At the time, that teenager had already been charged and convicted of another burglary. Now he faces first-degree murder charges. The indictment unsealed against Clegg Monday morning in court alleges he broke into an apartment in Canandaigua's Camelot Square in order to steal drugs and other items. Once he was inside, Clegg allegedly confronted 21 year old Nicholas Bice and threatened him with a weapon described as a bat light-style flashlight.
WUHF Fox Rochester

Monday, December 11, 2017

Terror suspect sets off pipe bomb in underground subway passage near Port Authority Bus Terminal

A terrorist detonated a pipe bomb in a subway passage between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal — one of the busiest transit hubs in the world — during the Monday morning rush-hour, injuring three people and causing commuter chaos. Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive in the passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. at 7:20 a.m., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said. After the explosion, Port Authority cops struggled with Ullah, 27, who had wires attached to his body, sources said. The device was affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police officials said. He tried to set off the rest of his bomb, but only part of it went off.
NY Daily News

Syracuse woman dies hours after firefighters carry her out of burning house

A Syracuse woman died hours after firefighters carried her out of her burning North Side home this weekend, city fire Lt. Joe Galloway said. Patricia Smith, 64, was in bed when she noticed smoke in her house at 1134 Wadsworth St. But Smith had a back problem and couldn't get out of a back second-floor bedroom Saturday morning, firefighters said. A friend who had gone to check on the source of the smoke called 911 after he couldn't enter the house because there was too much smoke. Firefighters spent about 15 minutes trying to get to Smith. "No working smoke detectors and extensive clutter throughout the house hampered rescue and firefighting efforts," Galloway said. AMR ambulance crews brought Smith to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where she arrived in critical condition. She died later Saturday, Galloway said.
Syracuse Post-Standard &

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell surprises Tarrytown firefighter with Super Bowl tickets

As a New England Patriots fan, Bill Duggan isn’t a huge fan of Roger Goodell. After all, there’s that whole Deflategate controversy with Tom Brady. But Sunday morning, that changed, when Duggan, a Tarrytown firefighter who is battling brain cancer, came face to face with the NFL commissioner, who gave him four tickets to Super Bowl LII. NFL officials had seen a Journal News/lohud story about Duggan’s friends starting a gofundme page to send him and his lifelong friend, Dave Chillemi, to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. On Sunday, Mike Chillemi, Dave's son, asked Duggan to come to the Main Street firehouse for yet another interview.
NY Journal News (

Two buildings "total loss" after fire in Walworth

Five buildings were damaged with two being labeled a "total loss" after a fire swept through Walworth on Sunday morning. According to the West Walworth Fire Chief, a fire broke out at an owned but unoccupied home on the 4000 block of West Walworth Road around 5:05 a.m. on Sunday. It soon spread to neighboring buildings, including a lawn mower store and an occupied home. The neighbors in the closest home were able to escape uninjured. The site of the initial fire, as well as the lawnmower store, have been declared total losses, with crews working to demolish the lawnmower store early Sunday morning. Multiple departments responded to the incident.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Ladder truck, left charred and melted in Cohoes fire, will likely cost thousands to fix

Called in as mutual aid, and positioned to stop the fire up front, Watervliet firefighters sent their ladder over the Remsen Street fire in Cohoes last week. Chief Rob Conlen was directing his men. “The fire was really blowtorching out of the front of the building,” Conlen said. About half way up, Conlen says they were suddenly forced to lower back. “It was bad conditions, and they had to get out of there,” Conlen said. A rapid change in the wind put the firefighters in quick danger. “We got the guys out of the bucket without anyone being hurt,” Conlen said. He says their escape seemed like a miracle, but their truck wasn't so lucky. “The back tires were on fire, the firefighter who jumped in to drive it away said the steering wheel was hot on his hands,” Conlen said.
WRGB-TV CBS 6 Schenectady

Canandaigua city officials add deputy fire chief

Remember that massive fire at Nolan's Restaurant in Canandaigua back in July? City officials faced major criticism for not properly staffing the fire department. Now, officials are taking steps to change that. City council has voted to add a deputy fire chief position. A part time administrator recently retired from the department and city officials took the chance to increase the budget for that position and turn it into a deputy chief. After the fire at Nolan's, critics claimed the department was not adequately staffed for fires of that magnitude. The department is staffed with nine firefighters. Two work are always on 24/7. If a fire like Nolan's happens, officials will call in volunteer fire fighters.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

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