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June 6, 2017

City reverses course, begins negotiations with NT police over dispatch issue

“I just wanted to announce a recent development,” said Daryl Truty (above), representing the NT Police Benevolent Assoc. on Tuesday at the City of North Tonawanda’s Common Council meeting.

“The PBA and the mayor have had good dialog this week regarding the dispatch issues. We can’t go into any details but we hope everything works out. Most — if not all — of our issues will be addressed. We want to thank the community for the overwhelming support. Also, we’d like to thank the mayor, the council and Sheriff Voutour for the understanding and willingness to try and rectify these issues.”

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January 9, 2017

Lockport drops paramedic requirement; advanced life support restored to fire dept.

Agreeing with the city’s fire board, Lockport’s civil-service commission voted unanimously Monday morning to allow EMT certification for prospective firefighters.

“I have three résumés upstairs,” said Fire Chief Pat Brady (above left) referring to firefighters that were previously not able to apply for the job under Lockport’s more-restrictive requirements.

After the vote, Brady joined civil-service commissioners William Agronin, Gary Terwilliger (above center) and Personnel Officer Mary Pat Holz (above right) in the civil service office in city hall. (William Steadman was on conference call from Arizona.)

Brady also [...]

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November 17, 2016

Council votes 3-2 to file ambulance appeal; residents press for return of service, revenue stream for city

As residents tell Twin City horror stories and Alderman Joe O’Shaughnessy says returning the ambulance service to Lockport’s firefighting heroes is the only way the city can generate new revenue, the council voted 3-2 against his proposal to compel the city attorney to drop a planned appeal.

“I prosecute and defend measures as I see fit,” said Lockport’s Corporation Counsel John Ottaviano. “I would consider it malpractice to not appeal.”

Ottaviano said it’s not in the city’s best interest to let stand the PERB ruling that says Lockport cannot shut down its ambulance service unless it gains the consent of the fire department.

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November 5, 2016

Ambulance service can make profit for city, Alderman says; will introduce resolution to end litigation against LFD

It’s time to stop.

That’s the opinion of At-Large Alderman Joe O’Shaughessy, and he will introduce a resolution at the city’s Nov. 16 common council work session to stop the city from pursuing an appeal to a recent decision by the Public Employment Relations Board.

“This week, the decision came back essentially restoring the work of the ambulance service to the city’s fire union,” said Mayor Anne McCaffrey.

When the city council in 2014 voted to use Twin City Ambulance instead of the firefighter’s own service, its contract was broken and the law violated, according to a recent decision by [...]

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