Working With Our First Responders

Funding Programs for First Responders

Firefighters

- Promoting a no-plywood requirement for houses to help prevent arson incidents: Many abandoned houses in blighted neighborhoods have their windows covered with plywood, statistically leading to more arson events. By removing plywood and replacing it with clear counterpart, we can help reduce this type of crime and save more time for firefighters to handle other issues.

- Increasing the fire suppression sprinkler tax incentive: Sprinklers can help end a fire before it becomes out of control and requires the help of a station crew. Increasing the tax incentive for installing them will help with the proliferation of the technology so our brave firefighters don’t have to put their lives at risk

- Funding for circuit training to help volunteer firefighters stay in better shape: Research shows that some volunteer firefighters struggle to stay in the physical condition required to stay safe in the line of duty. However, circuit training has been shown to be incredibly effective in helping volunteers be prepared for the physical rigor of fighting fires. Funding these programs will help keep them and everyone around them more safe.

- Funding for more personal protection equipment in the event of future pandemics: If COVID-19 has proved anything, it’s that our government needs to have a stockpile of personal protection equipment so that we can better protect our first responders and medical teams on the frontlines. NYS should be setting aside money each year to buy these necessary supplies so when the next time comes we can make sure that our frontlines are the best prepared and protected in the nation.

Police Officers

- Funding to create new community involvement opportunities: The police need to have more opportunities to interact with the community so that we can rebuild the trust that the two used to have. But that may require some help so departments don’t become even more underfunded than they already are. This is the perfect place for the state to step in and help bridge the funding gap for a worthwhile cause.

-Promoting “hot-spot” policing that effectively moves resources to the communities where they’re most needed: Communities with a great deal of crime are sometimes the least focused on by police officers. By promoting better policing in these communities, we can help people feel safer walking their neighborhoods at night. This policy has received acclaim from both those communities and the officers who work in them, suggesting that it should become commonplace.

- Raising the earliest age that a student can end their high school careers: Statistics show that crime is higher in communities with higher drop out rates. By raising the age at which students can drop out of high school by just one year, we can significantly impact crime rates without having to spend on massive anti-crime plans.

Stricter alcohol licensing and revoking the privilege of drinking: When municipalities don’t closely pay attention to who they’re giving alcohol licenses to, it creates more work for police officers when those businesses over serve their patrons. This combined with the revocation of drinking privileges for those who abuse it can help slash the current number of alcohol-related crimes. 

- Ending the practice of using police officers as the only first responders to mental health emergencies: Police officers don’t have the training to respond to mental health emergencies and it doesn’t help anyone when they are the only people available to do so. We either need to better train officers to handle these situations or hire specific first responders for these types of emergencies. 

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