A bill to allow Delanson Volunteer Fire Department to recruit from a larger area passed the state Senate Thursday and will go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.
State law requires 45 percent of a department’s members to live within the fire district. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, waives that requirement for the village fire department and allows it to recruit more people from the town of Duanesburg and beyond.
Due to the village of Delanson's small population, the department has struggled to keep its membership up. The department has 13 active members and needs about 20 to be adequately staffed, fire Chief Kevin Morrison previously said.
“Thanks to Assemblyman Santabarbara, we will ensure the department is able to quickly and effectively respond to any and all emergencies,” the fire chief said.
The bill, which passed the Assembly unanimously on Wednesday, was sponsored in the Senate by Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg.