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NASSAU COUNTY FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

LEVITTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT

OCTOBER 18, 2017

 

President Larry Dixon called the meeting to order at 8:00 PM. Salute to the Flag lead by Fourth Vice President John Scalesi, opening prayer lead by William Mayo followed a moment of silence for our service men and women serving both domestically and overseas as well as for all departed firefighters.

 

A warm welcome to Levittown Fire Department given by Chief of Department Thomas Steinwall.

 

Roll Call of the Officers, Past Presidents, Directors, and Committee Chairs was taken and excuses noted.  Motion made by Past President Kevin McElynn, seconded by Past President Roy Dahlen, and carried to accept the Roll Call of Officers.

 

Motion by Past President Otto Kohlmier, Jr., seconded by Past President Richard Messina, and carried to accept the minutes as printed in the Chief’s Signal.

 

President Dixon then welcomed Joan Gunther, President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Nassau County Firemen’s Association to the meeting, who introduced the following board members who attended: Barbara Stone, 1st Vice President; BJ Gilmore, 2nd Vice President; Terri Occhipinti, Recording Secretary; Nancy Pugliese, Corresponding Secretary; Katherine McCabe, Treasurer; Valerie Massaro, Conductress; Pat Callow, Head Trustee; Maureen Brooks, Trustee; and Mary Messina, Trustee. President Dixon, and Fourth Vice President Scalisi then presented to each of the Ladies a bouquet of flowers.

 

President Dixon then introduced John Alcina from Liberty Mutual, who spoke about the various policies and benefits of those policies.

 

COMMITTEES:

 

Awards: Past President McElynn reported that the applications must be in by March 15, 2018 – please spread the word about this award.

 

Burn Center:  Past President Thomas Gaffney reported that the Head Nurse, Amy Pace, has retired, but she has decided to stay on as a member of the foundation. He also reported that the Burn Center has had a busy year.

 

By-laws: Ed Rahilly reported that we will be voting on a new proposed bylaw change during Unfinished Business.

 

Dinner:  Third Vice President Lee Tucholski reported that the dinner will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville with cocktails starting at 6:30 for $75 per person.

 

Executive Council: Past President Steve Klein reported that the next meeting will be held in Albertson on November 9th and the Installation Dinner will be held on October 26th at the Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead.

 

Exempts:  Fourth Vice President Tucholski reported that the forum will be held in August at the FASNY Convention in Liverpool, NY. He also reported that details on the happenings in Westchester County will be forthcoming.

 

Explorers/Jr. Firefighters:  Jerry Presta gave the following report:

  1. Our last meeting was September 24th in Massapequa, a representative from LIRR was the speaker.
  2. Our 3rd Annual Camp Fahrenheit 516 was a huge success with 46 Juniors/Explorers that attended, with 2 from Suffolk County fire departments (Mastic and Manorville). It was extended to 7 days, which EMS took place on the last day which worked out great.
  3. We are in the process of upgrading our website, which should be up by the beginning of the new year.
  4. Our yearly training will be held at the FSA on October 29th.
  5. We attended the LI Day at the Home on Sunday September 17th with 91 Juniors from 9 Companies in Nassau County.
  6. Our next meeting is November 19th in Garden City Park. FDNY will be the speaker. All are welcomed.

 

Fire Police: Frank Deiosso gave the following report:

  1. The New York State Fire Police will be hosting their Annual Thomas With Training & Education Seminar on March 17, 2018 – more info to follow.
  2. The Volunteer Fire Police Association of New York State Convention will be held on May 4 – 5, 2018 in Niagara Falls, NY.
  3. The Nassau County Fire Police’s meeting for September was cancelled.
  4. The October meeting of the Nassau County Fire Police Association’s October meeting will be held on October 21st in Glen Cove – elections will be held.

 

Legislative: First Vice President Mike Krummenacker reported that the FASNY Legislative Conference will be held on November 4 – 5, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel in Colony, NY. Please make every effort to attend. Past President Thomas Cuff reported that the SAFER Grant was not funded but appropriated and that the Governor has still not signed the Cancer Bill as of this date.

 

LI Day at the Home:  Jose DaRocha reported that we had a good turnout – thanks to the Ladies who attended the event – 97 Juniors, 33 from the Fire Riders, 40 in the band, and 110 firefighters in line for the parade.

 

Meeting Sites: Ed Rahilly reported that the January 17, 2018 Membership Meeting will be held in Elmont, the May 16, 2018 Membership meeting will be held in Hicksville, the July 18, 2018 Membership Meeting will be held in East Williston, and the October 17, 2018 Membership Meeting will be held in Bethpage.

 

Membership: First Vice President Krummenacker asked those in attendance to bring 1 other person from your Department/Company to the next meeting. Fourth Vice President Scalesi reported that he has applications for membership here at his table.

 

Museum:  Ed Rahilly reported that the Gala held on October 6th was a success. The museum is trying to expend, and there will be a new electronic bulletin board outside of the museum – come on down and visit. Third Vice President Tucholski congratulated Jerry Presta on winning the Francis X. Pendl Firefighter of the Year Award. Jerry then received an ovation from those present.

 

Public Information: Past President McElynn reported that there will be an article in the next issue of the Volunteer Firefighter Magazine and the next one as well. If you have news, please let him know and he will try to get the news into the magazine.

 

Radio:  Mike Ornauer was excused for the meeting, so his report was read by Secretary Juan Batta:

  1. We had a visit from Phil Schram, formally from Motorola and now with AT&T, who talked about the future of Fire Department radios. Motorola will soon discontinue making low-band pagers that are currently used by many Nassau Fire Departments. The future radio system will be called First Net and offered by AT&T and has similarities to the old direct connect from Nextel.
  2. Progress on the 800 MHz system. They are still attempting to acquire two new antenna sites, East Hills and Oyster Bay. Motorola has new equipment at the old sites but it is not hooked up.
  3. Progress on the 700 MHz system – looking at 1 north shore and 3 south shore antenna sites.
  4. Next meeting is in November.

 

Safety Officers: Secretary Batta gave the following report:

  1. I attended the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County’s Safety Officers Committee’s  meeting on September 27th at Uniondale – Van Ness Station. The topic was cancer in the fire department –very informative. You don’t have to be a member of the Fire Chiefs Council to join this committee and attend meetings.
  2. I also attended the Safety Officers Seminar presented by the Town of Brookhaven Safety Officers Association at Coram FD on September 23rd – they had a lot of good speakers. They announced that they will be having this event again next year.

 

Scholarship: Financial Secretary Tony Tripp gave the following report:

The Scholarship Committee had 3 applications handed into it for review. The Committee did a phone conference and decide that we would award 2 scholarships again this year.

One going to Ryan Motchkavitz, a member of Great Neck Alert Fire Compnay, and one going to Robert Mackmenie, a child of a member from Glen Cove Fire Department. Both will receive a $500 award towards their college education and both will be in attendance at the January meeting to accept their awards.

 

State Campaign & Hospitality: Past President Steve Klein reported that we will be having a joint hospitality room with Suffolk at the Legislative Conference.

 

Uniform & Apparel: Financial Secretary Tripp reported that we are in the process of ordering new pocket badges for the officers.

 

United Memorial Service: Third Vice President Tucholski reported that the service is scheduled for May 6, 2018 at Freeport High School, with assembly at 6:30 PM and the service starting at 7:00 PM.

 

Ways and Means: Fourth Vice President Scalesi reported that the Dark Horse amount collected was $203, prizes will be 4 winners of $10 each. The 50/50 Raffle collected $213, with $107 going to the winner.

 

Motion made by Third Vice President Tucholski, seconded by Past President McElynn, and carried to accept the report of committees.

 

REPORT OF DELEGATES:

FASNY:

First Vice President Steve Klein: gave the following report:

  1. Thank you to all who attended LI Day at the Firemen’s Home.
  2. The Presumptive Cancer Bill is on the Governor’s desk, and we are hoping he will sign it. Thanks to all who wrote, or called, his office asking for his support.
  3. Construction continues, on schedule, on the multi-purpose building at the Firemen’s Home.
  4. 118 Firefighters were remembered at this year’s Fallen Firefighters Ceremony in Albany. At this time, there are about 50 more brothers and sisters who will be honored in next year’s service.
  5. The annual Legislative Caucus will take place at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, in Albany, on November 4th & 5th.
  6. The annual EMS Conference in Selden will be held on January 26 & 27, 2018. The EMS Seminar at the Fire Academy in Montour Falls is March 2 – 4, 2018. Applications for both events are on the FASNY website.
  7. The FASNY Board has voted to award 25 $1,500.00 scholarships next year. Applications are on the FASNY website and must be returned by March 15, 2015.
  8. FASNY was recently awarded a $1.5 million SAFER Grant for recruitment and retention.
  9. The Board of Directors voted to change the days of the Annual Convention from Thursday thru Saturday to Friday thru Sunday starting in 2018. Next year’s convention will start on Friday August 9th and end on Sunday August 12th.

 

Director Robert Ottaviano, Jr.: was excused for this meeting.

 

Director Jose DaRocha: thanked everyone for their support in his election to the Board of Directors.

 

Home Trustee Stephen Goodman: gave the following report:

  1. There are 80 residents at the Home.
  2. The Home Administrator was hospitalized, but has since recovered.

 

Home Trustee James Interdonati: was excused for this meeting.

 

 

 

SOUTHERN NEW YORK VOLUNTEER FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION:

Second Vice President Robert Ottaviano, Jr.: was excused for this meeting.

 

Sergeant-at-Arms Juan Batta: reported that the next membership meeting is October 21st in Stony Point – dinner at 6:00 PM and the meeting at 7:00 PM.

 

COMMUNICATIONS: The following were received and read by the Secretary:

  1. The minutes from the Executive Council of Firematic Associations of Nassau County’s meeting held on July 27th.
  2. The minutes from the FASNY Board of Directors meetings from June, July, and August 2017.
  3. A solicitation from the Nassau County Volunteer Firemen’s Parade and Drill Team Captains Association for their Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Friday November 10th at the Coral House in Baldwin for $60 per person.

The following were sent by the Secretary:

  1. An advertisement in the Museum Gala’s Journal.
  2. An email inviting the Ladies Auxiliary’s Board of Directors to tonight’s meeting.

 

Motion made by Past President Richard Messina, seconded by Past President Kohlmier, and carried to accept the communications as read and deal with those that need action under New Business.

 

BILLS:

Larry Dixon

$65.18

Flowers for Ladies Auxiliary

Michael Krummenacker

$500.00

Legislative Conference Stipend

Robert Ottavviano, Jr.

$500.00

Legislative Conference Stipend

Tony Tripp

$93.33

Office Supplies

Ryan Motchkavitz

$500.00

Scholarship

Robert Mackmenie

$500.00

Scholarship

Total Bills

$2,158.51

 

Motion made by Past President Messina, seconded by Past President McElynn, and carried to pay the bills.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

  1. Past President McElynn handed out a flier for the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County’s Seminar, which will be held on October 30th in Uniondale at the Van Ness Station.
  2. Financial Secretary Tripp reported that he has raffle tickets for sale from the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County for $5 per ticket – see him after the meeting, if interested.
  3. Frank Deiosso reported that the registration for the FASNY Convention was held in the Hospitality Room and for some unknown reason there were a number of members of the Association who didn’t fill out a registration card, a total of 65 registered. The full report is on file with the Secretary.
  4. President Dixon announced that he is stepping down as President of the Association due to health concerns. As per the bylaws, First Vice President Krummenacker will become President and all other Vice Presidents will move up. President Krummenacker then thanked Past President Dixon for all his hard work. Past President Dixon then received a standing ovation from the members present.
  5. President Krummenacker then asked Ed Rahilly to read the proposed change to the bylaws that we will be voting on:

Add the following at the end of Article IX (Meetings), Section 6:

At all Board of Directors meetings, the President or at least one (1) Vice President; a minimum of two (2) other elected officers (Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, or Sergeant-at-Arms); and a minimum of four (4) Past Presidents, who are not currently serving as an Officer of the Association, will constitute a quorum.

Ed Rahilly then stated that the reason for this proposed bylaw change is that the current bylaws do not define a quorum for a Board of Directors meeting – this will correct that problem. Motion made by Past President Klein, seconded by Past President McElynn, and carried unanimously to accept the above proposed change to the bylaw.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

1.         Treasurer Stephen Goodman reported that LOSAP payments are supposed to be NYS tax exempt, but the NYS IRS has been sending out letters stating that you owe taxes on these monies. It’s recommended that you see your accountant to write a protest letter and when the NYS IRS looks into it, they will see that they are mistaken.

2.         Third Vice President Scalesi reported that he has memorial candles from the FASNY Memorial Service – see him after the meeting.

           

REPORT OF OFFICERS

 

PRESIDENT: President Mike Krummenacker thanked everyone for their support and then he gave the following report:

I did attend the following meetings and/or events as listed here within:

  1. September 20th – Nassau County Firemen’s Association’s Board of Directors meeting in Wantagh.
  2. September 28th – Executive Council of Firematic Organizations of Nassau County’s meeting in Hewlett.
  3. October 7th – L.I. Fire Districts Legislative Conference at East Farmingdale
  4. October 13th – North Shore Association’s meeting at Locust Valley

 

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT: First Vice President Carl Boegel, Jr. reported that he attended the Museum Gala and LI Day at the Home.

 

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT: Second Vice President Leon Tucholski reported that he attended the Nassau County Firefighters Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert at the Roslyn High School, the Executive Council of Firematic Organizations of Nassau County, and LI Day at the Home.

 

THIRD VICE PRESIDENT: Third Vice President John Scalesi reported that he attended the EMS Seminar in Albany, the Museum Gala, LI Fire District’s Legislative Caucus in East Farmingdale, and 3 other EMS training seminars. He also reported that 43 people had signed for this meeting.

 

FOURTH VICE PRESIDENT: This position is vacant due to Past President Dixon’s resignation.

 

TREASURER: Treasurer Goodman reported on the net worth of the Association.  Motion made by Past President McElynn, seconded by Past President Klein, and carried to accept the Treasurers Report as read.

 

SECRETARY: Secretary Batta had no report.

 

 

FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Financial Secretary Tripp read the following report:

 

This month I have turned over to the Treasurer the sum of $4,380.00 in dues. Of the 870 members, 168 have paid their dues this year for a total of $4,515.00.

 

There are 0 out of the 142 Departments and Companies that paid their dues for the year beginning May 1, 2017. New dues notices will be mailed out to individuals, Departments, and Companies.

 

Status of the Membership:

Dues Paying Members -                       870

Department/Company Members -       142

Total Membership                              1,012


Motion made by First Vice President Boegel, seconded by Past President Sendlenski, and carried to accept the reports of Officers.

 

GOOD & WELFARE:

  1. Financial Secretary Tripp reported that Deacon Ted Kolakowski is starting to pull away from being a chaplain for so many organizations – he will still be a chaplain for this Association and the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County.

 

DARK HORSE:

50/50:  $107.00 won by Financial Secretary Tripp

DARK HORSE: $10.00 prizes were won by Second Vice President Tucholski, Ladies Auxiliary Second Vice President BJ Gilmor, Past President McElynn, and Past President Thomas Gaffney.

 

Closing Prayer was led by William Mayo

 

Motion to adjourn made by Past President Sendlenski, seconded by Past President Kohlmier, and carried at 9:20 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

 

Juan Batta, Secretary