Veteran Schenectady firefighter on leave for allegedly menacing girlfriend


SCHENECTADY — A veteran city firefighter is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal case following his arrest for allegedly chasing his girlfriend with a machete and staple gun.

Firefighter Daniel Farstad, 41, of Regent Street, was charged with menacing in the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, and harassment in the second degree, a violation, according to the case filed in Schenectady City Court.

During the alleged incident, which occurred at a two-family home Farstad owns, happened at about noon on Jan. 31. The firefighter allegedly grabbed the woman by the hood of her sweatshirt and pulled her down, investigators said.

The incident occurred in the presence of a child born in 2016, according to the case file.

The alleged victim requested a full stay-away order of protection. The case will be back in court later this month.

Farstad is the son of retired Fire Chief Robert Farstad, who retired in 2011.

“Currently, firefighter [Daniel] Farstad is on [paid] administrative leave, pending the legal process,” Fire Chief Ray Senecal said on Tuesday. “We’re going to let the legal process take its course, then we’ll go forward from there.”

The firefighter has been with the department since 2005.

Farstad’s lawyer, Kevin Luibrand, declined to comment when reached by phone.

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