Bellone strengthens its law on EMS protection




Suffolk County Director Steve Bellone and State Senator John Brooks were joined Thursday by professionals from the fire, rescue and emergency services to support the EMS Protection Act.

State EMS voluntary organizations cannot recover the costs of the services and are forced to recover their expenses from the local tax base. All other forms of EMS service are able to charge for insurance, Medicaid, etc., leaving volunteer firefighter ambulance services at a disadvantage.

At a press conference at the Dix Hills Fire Department, Bellone urged the state assembly to pass the bill. as the State Senate has already done.

“Every day, our EMS professionals are the first on the scene of the crisis, performing life-saving medical services, and this year in particular, we recognize the tremendous work our EMS professionals and all of our other frontline workers have accomplished throughout. throughout this pandemic, ”said Bellone.

Kayak, canoe storage

Suffolk County Lawmaker Susan A. Berland, D-Dix Hills, and other elected officials joined representatives from Local 66 of the Suffolk County House and Workers Alliance in Blydenburgh County Park to recently announced the launch of the Suffolk County Canoe and Kayak Storage Rack Pilot Program.

They unveiled the first of six canoe and kayak storage racks that will be located at various parks and beaches across the county starting on Memorial Day.

The program will allow residents to rent a space to lock their kayak or canoe throughout the season. Sponsored by Berland, the program has been unanimously approved by Suffolk County Park Trustees and the Suffolk County Legislature. The material and labor used to build the shelves were donated by Local 66 of the Suffolk County Chambers and Workers Alliance.

The season will run from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Storage racks will be located at Blydenburgh County Park, Southaven County Park, Lake Ronkonkoma County Park, Timber Point Golf Course, Indian Island County Park and the Park Marina of Smith Point County.

Permits can be purchased in person from the Suffolk County Parks Department at the West Sayville Administration Building (200 Montauk Road, West Sayville). Those interested in reserving a place can download the online form at https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Doing-Business/Seasonal-Kayak-Canoe-Storage-Rentals. For residents of Suffolk County who are Green Key card holders, there is a $ 100 seasonal permit fee and $ 250 for non-residents.

Turning orange

Lawmaker Tom Donnelly, D-Huntington Station, a volunteer member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary 1-1 Babylon, recently sponsored a resolution that will light up Suffolk County H. Lee Dennison building orange to raise awareness about safe boating.

Resolution 373-2021, passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly at the May 11 general assembly, orders that the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge be lit orange on the Wednesday of each “Safety Week”. nautical ”in May. Like the Safe Boating campaign website (safeboatingcampaign.com), the color orange was chosen to represent the traditional color of life jackets. Resolution 353-2013 designated the week leading up to Memorial Day as “Safe Boating Week” in Suffolk County, in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.

This year, the Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, will be lit orange on the evening of May 25.



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