A bill granting cancer coverage to the state's more than 110,000 volunteer firefighters has passed both chambers of the New York State Legislature.
It's now on its way to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the state firemen's association has urged him to sign it "without delay."
The bill would give $25,000 to volunteer firefighters who contract types of cancer including melanoma, digestive, hematological, lymphatic, urinary, prostate, neurological, breast and reproductive.
If a firefighter is unable to work due to illness, the bill grants firefighters 36 months of $1,500 in disability benefits.
Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com
Three construction workers were critically injured after the roof of an Astoria building undergoing construction collapsed, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
Two of the men had to be taken out of the basement of the construction site, located at at 31-25 28th Road between 33rd and 31st streets, and transported to Elmhurst Hospital, according to the FDNY.
One worker had evacuated the site of the accident before the firefighters arrived, Nigro said.
Another injured construction worker, who was 28-years-old, had been trapped under a few thousand pounds of construction material, which consisted of laminated beams, bags of cement, concrete blocks, sand and aggregate, Nigro said. He was conscious as he was removed from the collapse.
Forest Hills Patch.com
On June 1, about a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved in a potential health risk like they never had seen before.
A West Utica woman attempted to make abrin – a chemical more toxic than ricin – and purposefully ingested the powder in her Orchard Street home before calling an ambulance. That call, and the potential health risk it posed to first responders and the public, triggered an hours-long hazmat response from a multitude of local, state and federal law enforcement, said Utica Fire Deputy Chief Scott Ingersoll.
While it was later determined the woman was unsuccessful in her attempts to make abrin, it did teach an important lesson, Ingersoll said. Department officials had an after-action report regarding the incident Monday.
Police said a 14-year-old boy died after falling through the roof of a vacant hospital in Port Chester overnight.
The teenager fell down an elevator shaft of the former United Hospital building on Tuesday night and was taken to Greenwich Hospital, where he died, Port Chester police said. Police have not released the boy's name yet.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim," Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway said in a press release. Police said they were called to the property at 406 Boston Post Road at 8:23 p.m. because youths were on the roof of the former hospital. Police said they arrived and saw seven or eight teenagers, ages 14 to 16, on the roof.
NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
Residents of the Northwest Woods section of East Hampton most likely can expect some relief from oppressive homeowner’s insurance bills now that the East Hampton Fire Department is preparing to construct a new substation off Stephen Hands Path, near the intersection with Old Northwest Road.
East Hampton Village and the Town Board are negotiating a lease of 0.6 acre of town-owned property between Old Northwest Road and Bull Path for the village-owned fire department to construct a 3,800-square-foot, one-story fire truck and ambulance garage.
The village submitted plans for the fire substation to the East Hampton Town Planning Board last week and hopes to have the new firehouse open by early next year.
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