Politically Motivated Actions Demonstrate Need for Change

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Over the last few days, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s reelection team has crossed the line at least twice with their politically motivated actions. It is our position that they have violated the peoples trust and demonstrate why Monroe County is in dire need of change.

During the workday on Friday, November 1st, Monroe County Human Resources Director Brayton Connard sent an email to all county employees under the subject “Congratulations to MC DOT,” further saying “Checkout (sic) the Democrat and Chronicle to see a video of MC DOT staff putting the Outlet Bridge into place for the winter season”. Upon clicking the link, employees were met with a Cheryl Dinolfo campaign commercial that took over their entire screen and began playing automatically. This event happens every year and has never been promoted this way in the past. Further, Brayton Connard has an extensive history of belittling County employees and we are unable to recall a single instance of him praising the work they do.

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Airport Firefighters Support Paul Dondorfer for Monroe County Legislature

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Rochester, NY, October 28, 2019 - The Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1636 announces its support of Paul Dondorfer for Monroe County Legislature - 9th District. This marks the twelfth Legislature candidate the Association has chosen to support in this year’s election.

This was our most difficult decision as the 9th LD is one of too few races featuring a pair of strong candidates. This is demonstrated by the split in support from organized labor. Ultimately, Mr. Dondorfer’s extensive public safety background provided the edge in our decision.

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Airport Firefighters Announce Support of 2019 Monroe County Legislature Candidates

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The Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1636 announced its support of several candidates for Monroe County Legislator today. With less than three weeks remaining before Election Day, the Association reaffirms its commitment to improving the County of Monroe for its members and their families. When evaluating candidates, issues directly impacting Airport Firefighters are the primary focus for the Association.

“As we’ve previously stated, current and past administrations have not prioritized the concerns of Monroe County residents,” Local 1636 President Paul Miller stated. “Those residents include county workers who provide essential services to their neighbors but have been subjected to disrespect at every turn. From elected representatives that favor party politics over employee concerns, to political appointees that devalue the important work they do, these men and women deserve positive change.”

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Airport Firefighters Endorse Sandra Doorley for District Attorney

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The Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1636 is proud to announce its endorsement of Sandra Doorley for Monroe County District Attorney. With more than 27 years as a prosecutor in Monroe County, Ms. Doorley has demonstrated her commitment to upholding the laws of our community and country.

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Airport Firefighters Support Rosenbaum for State Supreme Court

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The Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1636 is proud to announce its support of Matthew Rosenbaum for New York State Supreme Court. Judge Rosenbaum is running for reelection in the 7th District, where he has served since 2005.

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ROC Airport Firefighters Support Vacca for 7th District

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Today, President Paul Miller delivered Local 1636's letter of support for candidate Meredith Vacca. Mrs. Vacca is running for the Supreme Court's 7th judicial district. Don't forget to vote on November 5th.

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Airport Firefighters Oppose Rochester Fire Department Station Closures

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Fifty-six years ago today, Mohawk Airlines Flight 121 crashed upon takeoff at the Rochester Airport, killing 7 people and injuring 36 others. Airport firefighters responded immediately and were able to rescue a number of people from the aircraft with help from other airport workers and outside fire companies. To this day, it remains the worst aviation accident in local history. While many things have changed in both the firefighting and aviation industries, one thing that has not is our members’ reliance on outside agencies in the event of a major disaster. In spite of our constant training to maximize our crews efficiency, with just five on-duty members there is only so much we will be able to do without help from other agencies.

Last night, the City of Rochester implemented the first fire station closure under its “dynamic staffing” plan, which chooses a company to close during the overnight hours, when residents are most at risk. These closures - also known as ‘brownouts’ or ‘firehouse roulette’ - arbitrarily choose a neighborhood to receive reduced protection for a specified period of time. It’s a tactic that hasn’t been used much locally, but has seen tragic results when implemented elsewhere. In Philadelphia, a 12-year-old boy died in 2010 while the closest engine company was ‘browned out’. In 2017, three people were killed in a Holyoke, MA fire in which the closest engine company was closed. In Wilmington, DE, 2016 saw two children and three firefighters killed in the course of eight months. At least two other firefighters were forced to retire due to injuries sustained at a fire. These are just a few of the many stories one can find by briefly searching the internet.

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Remembering Sam Cooper

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The members of Local 1636 are saddened to hear that longtime Rochester Airport fixture Sam Cooper passed away last Friday, June 7th, at the age of 96. Mr. Cooper was a pilot in WWII before eventually serving as the Airport Manager from 1972-1989. He remained here as Public Relations Director up until a few years ago conducting airport tours and was an almost daily visitor to the firehouse. Sam witnessed many, many changes at ROC during his tenure here and was full of information about the airport and its history. He also had a collection of photos with the many celebrities and VIP’s that traveled through the airport, including several sitting Presidents. His presence will be felt here for many years to come which is “Outstanding, young fella!”

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Airport Firefighters Endorse Adam Bello for Monroe County Executive

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Public safety labor leaders held a joint press conference Friday to announce their official endorsement of Adam Bello in the 2019 race for Monroe County Executive. Leaders from the Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, Monroe County Sheriff Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Monroe County Deputy Sheriffs Association (DSA), and Monroe County Law Enforcement Association (MCLEA) all spoke about the legacy of disrespect toward employees from County management and the dire need for change. Several retired Sheriff's and Firefighters were also in attendance to show their support.

Jointly, we feel that Adam Bello possesses the leadership and integrity that have been missing at the County Executive position for many years. In talking with public safety employees in the Town of Irondequoit - where he previously served as Town Supervisor - he was able to create an environment where employees felt appreciated beyond an occasional tweet. Those we spoke with commented on his upbeat personality, willingness to talk with them, and understanding of the important role law enforcement and firefighters play in the overall health of a community. As County Clerk, he has discovered several improprieties and taken steps to correct them.

In accepting these endorsements, Adam spoke to the importance of public safety, calling it the “cornerstone upon which we need to build if we are going to tackle the challenges that face our community.” He also stated his intent to work with both employees and retirees by honoring commitments, respecting our sacrifices, and acknowledging us as allies - not adversaries.

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Statement on the Passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Masters, Charter Member of IAFF Local 1636

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Richard F. Masters - Retired Airport Fire Captain and Charter Member of IAFF Local 1636. He passed away on February 21st at the age of 86 following a brief illness.

After serving as an Aircraft Firefighter in the United States Marine Corps, Dick was hired as a Firefighter with the Rochester-Monroe County Airport Fire Department. When the career firefighters joined the International Association of Fire Fighters in 1966, his was the first of nine names printed on the Certificate of Affiliation. He retired as a Captain in 1993 after more than 30 years at the airport.

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Andy Moore Named Permanent Airport Director

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The members of IAFF Local 1636 would like to congratulate Andy Moore on his recent permanent appointment as ROC Airport Director.  The appointment was well deserved and we look forward to continuing working alongside Andy and his staff!

Andy Moore named permanent Rochester Airport Director - WXXI News

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National Guard Soldiers Thank Rochester Airport Firefighters

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Soldiers from the NY Army National Guard attended this month’s Union meeting to thank our members for the care packages we sent to Afghanistan in 2017. Local 1636 members collected more than 160 pounds of food and hygiene items for the deployed soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment that is based at Greater Rochester International Airport. The unit and its CH-47 Chinook helicopters were deployed to multiple locations in Afghanistan to directly support combat operations. The ROC-based soldiers paired up with other soldiers of B Co., 3/126 from Maryland, along with the 7th Battalion, 158th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Kansas to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

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Election Day is Nov. 6th

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ROC Airport Firefighters, IAFF Local 1636, is reminding everyone that Election Day is this Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Polls open at 6 AM.  Senators Joe Robach and Rich Funke, as well as Assemblyman Mark Johns and Harry Bronson have all been supporters of Labor and the Firefighters of our community.  Assemblywoman-elect Jamie Romeo has also earned our support.  In addition, we support Tom Dinapoli for his efforts to protect the financial stability of NY state.  We support our candidates and we hope you will stand with us on election day 2018.  

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County Retirees Protest Healthcare Changes

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Members of the Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees (SOAR) organized a labor rally prior to the County Legislature's October meeting to protest Monroe County's changing of contractually-promised healthcare benefits for more than 1,800 County retirees. The goal of this rally was to inform the public how Monroe County, over the last seven years, has repeatedly decreased, and even stopped providing benefits that were promised through good faith negotiations.

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Airport Firefighters Recognized For Mutual Aid Response to Mumford

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Greater Rochester International Airport Firefighters were among those recognized with a Unit Commendation Award and  Certificate of Merit during the annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner held October 11th. The recognition was due to our mutual aid response to the Mumford Fire District for an MVA involving a fuel tanker that rolled over on June 11, 2018. Airport Fire Chief Kevin Bardeen accepted the award on behalf of our members.

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Airport Firefighters Participate in Fire Prevention Week

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Fire Departments everywhere open their doors and invite the public inside as part of Fire Prevention Week each year. Gates Fire District held their open house at Station 2 on Long Pond Rd. yesterday and Airport Firefighters were among the public safety professionals there to show off their equipment and educate the public on what we do every day.

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County Retirees to rally outside Legislature meeting

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Association of Retirees (SOAR) will be holding a rally outside the County Office Building this Tuesday starting at 4:00 p.m. They will once again be protesting Monroe County’s decision to terminate the contractually-promised health insurance coverage of over 1,800 retirees. Some of those retirees are likely to speak during the County Legislature meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The leadership of IAFF Local 1636 is encouraging it’s membership to come out and show our support for the members of SOAR and other County retirees. This is an issue that is likely to impact each of our members and retirees, as well!

For more information from SOAR, click the link below.

http://www.monroecountysoar.com/october-9th-demonstrationrally-to-support-retiree-health-benefits/

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Internet and Website Safety Tips

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Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.

Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:

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Contract Settlement Ratified

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After 1,859 days, the officers and members of Local 1636 are happy to announce that our membership unanimously ratified a tentative contract settlement with the County of Monroe tonight. The deal is still pending approval by the County Legislature and Executive Cheryl Dinolfo but we feel it is a competitive agreement that begins to bring us back in line with other career firefighters in Monroe County. #finallyhaveacontract

Our members would like to thank all of you who have followed our situation and expressed your support for the battle we waged. Hearing the positive feedback from so many of you helped to strengthen our resolve and embolden us to continue fighting for what is best for our members and their families. Thank you!

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