Before leaving office, U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) announced over $1 million in grants to assist local fire departments, including ones in East Williston, Williston Park and Garden City Park.
“I am pleased to announce this vital funding for our local fire departments here in NY-04,” said Rice, who did not seek re-election to the state’s 4th Congressional District. “I am proud to have brought back millions of dollars of support for our volunteer-driven fire districts on Long Island during my four terms in Congress. This new funding reduces local property taxes while providing new radios, equipment, and upgraded PPE, all potentially life- saving investments for our volunteer firefighters who put their lives on the line every time they suit up.”
Of the $1,133,250 total going to the departments, $76,250 will go to the East Williston Fire Department for building alarms and $410,000 for self-contained breathing apparatus systems and other personal protective equipment for East Williston and the Williston Park Fire Departments.
Other recipients of the grants include the Bellerose Terrace Fire Department, which is receiving $75,000 for self-contained breathing apparatus and fill washer; the Garden City Park Fire Department, which is getting $202,000 for new radios; and the Valley Stream Fire Department, which is getting $201,000 for new radios.
The money comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program funding via the Department of Homeland Security.
Tom Devaney, director of Grant-Guys Inc., an organization in Mineola that helps departments apply for federal grants, said the funding will reduce local tax burdens.
“Together with our federal partners and local stakeholders, Grant-Guys was proud to produce these successful projects along with Rep. Rice’s support. The federal fire grant program brings federal dollars back to NYS, improves firefighter safety, and reduces the local tax burden,” said Devaney. Grant-Guys prepared and advanced the applications for each awarded grant in NY-04.