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FASNY legislative outreach Sunday in West Carthage

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WEST CARTHAGE — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York will conduct a legislative outreach meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the West Carthage Fire Department, 61 High St., to present north country state representatives with an 18-item legislative agenda for 2013 and possibly find sponsors to carry the bills through into laws.

Thomas M. Arsenault, a member of the association’s Legislative Committee and chairman of the Northern New York Legislative Committee, said one of the top concerns is health insurance for volunteer first responders. He said the association wants volunteers who do not have health insurance to be able to “piggyback onto a town’s policy.”

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jack M. Martins concerning novelty lighters also will be discussed. According to Mr. Arsenault, lighters in the shape of guns or animals are an enticement for children to play with them and start fires. The association wants them banned.

Other concerns to be addressed are flammability standards, fraudulent labeling of electrical products and benefits for volunteers.

According to an association press release, state senators and Assembly members have been invited and more than 50 volunteer firefighters are expected to be in attendance.

The educational seminar is designed to provide information on the firefighters’ agenda and to address other important legislative matters, including the Issues of United Concern, brought forth by the combined organizations that support first responders.

The pieces of legislation that will be covered can be found online at www.fasny.com/wp-content/uploads/images/scorecard1-09-132.pdf.

Mr. Arsenault said the meeting is open to public.

“Everyone is welcome to come to find out about the concerns of firefighters,” Mr. Arsenault said. “We appreciate support from the people.”

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