Vails Gate Fire Department

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021
IN THE
VAILS GATE FIRE DISTRICT, IN THE
TOWNS OF NEW WINDSOR AND CORNWALL,
ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Election of the qualified voters of the Vails Gate Fire District (hereinafter called the “Fire District”), in the Towns of New Windsor and Cornwall, Orange County, New York, will be held at the Vails Gate Firehouse located at 872 Blooming Grove Turnpike, Vails Gate, New York, in the Fire District, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.  The polls shall open at 6:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) and shall remain open until 9:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) or as much longer as may be necessary to enable the voters then present to cast their votes.

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to the resolution adopted by the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Fire District on May 20, 2021, the following Proposition will be submitted to the qualified voters of the Fire District for approval or disapproval:

PROPOSITION

SHALL the bond resolution of Vails Gate Fire District, in the Towns of New Windsor and Cornwall, Orange County, New York, entitled: “BOND RESOLUTION OF THE VAILS GATE FIRE DISTRICT (“FIRE DISTRICT”), IN THE TOWNS OF NEW WINDSOR AND CORNWALL, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK, ADOPTED MAY 20, 2021, AUTHORIZING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FIREHOUSE AND ACCESSORY STORAGE GARAGE ON LAND LOCATED AT 872 BLOOMING GROVE TURNPIKE, VAILS GATE, NEW YORK AND EXPECTED TO BE LEASED BY THE FIRE DISTRICT FROM THE VAILS GATE FIRE COMPANY, INC., PURSUANT TO A 99-YEAR GROUND LEASE, INCLUDING DEMOLITION, GRADING AND/OR IMPROVEMENT OF THE SITE AND PURCHASE OF THE ORIGINAL FURNISHINGS, EQUIPMENT OR MACHINERY REQUIRED FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH SAID FIREHOUSE AND STORAGE GARAGE ARE TO BE USED (THE “PROJECT”); STATING THE ESTIMATED MAXIMUM COST THEREOF IS $16,500,000, INCLUDING PRELIMINARY COSTS AND COSTS INCIDENTAL THERETO AND TO THE FINANCING THEREOF; APPROPRIATING SAID AMOUNT THEREFOR, INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATION OF $500,000 FROM THE EXISTING “ACQUISITION AND IMPROVEMENT TO LAND AND COSTS ASSOCIATED THEREWITH CAPITAL RESERVE FUND” HERETOFORE ESTABLISHED, WHICH IS HEREBY APPROVED; AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SERIAL BONDS IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $16,000,000, TO FINANCE THE BALANCE OF SAID APPROPRIATION; AND PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF TAXES TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF SAID BONDS AND THE INTEREST THEREON AS THE SAME BECOME DUE AND PAYABLE,” BE APPROVED?

All residents of the Fire District who were duly registered to vote with the Orange County Board of Elections on or before Tuesday, June 1, 2021, shall be eligible to vote at said Special Election.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

DATED:         May 20, 2021

LAURIE SEYMOUR
FIRE DISTRICT SECRETARY


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Vails Gate Fire District will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021 to meet and discuss all matters related to the construction of a new firehouse. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Vails Gate Firehouse, located at 872 Blooming Grove Turnpike (Route 94), Vails Gate, New York.

Laurie Seymour
Secretary, Vails Gate Fire District

Public Presentation on New Firehouse Construction
 


Death of Firefighter Alec Tannenbaum

August 4, 2020

Alec Tannenbaum

            It is with deep regret that the Vails Gate Fire Department announce the passing of Firefighter Alec Tannenbaum. He was 29 years old. In addition to being an active volunteer member with Vails Gate, he was also worked as a Federal firefighter for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
            FF Tannenbaum had completed his on-duty shift with West Point Fire Department on the morning of August 4, 2020. During the afternoon, he responded to numerous alarms with the Vails Gate Fire Department. He assisted with the clearing of many downed trees that were the result of damage inflicted by Hurricane Isaias.
            FF Tannenbaum was found unresponsive in his home on the evening of August 4, 2020. He was transported by New Windsor EMS to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, but sadly he was unable to be revived. His passing is being investigated as a possible Line of Duty Death.
            Prior to beginning his career in the fire service, Alec proudly served his country as a United States Marine. He served 2 tours in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.
            FF Tannenbaum joined the Vails Gate Fire Department in February of 2016. He quickly became an integral part of the department, showing an aptitude and enthusiasm for learning the job, and a willingness to do whatever was needed.
             On June 18, 2018, Alec was hired as a career firefighter with the West Point Fire Department. He was readily accepted into the ranks, where his abilities as a firefighter were quickly recognized. He took every opportunity to learn as much about the job as possible. Alec had an ultimate goal to become a New York City firefighter, and had taken the exam and was due to be appointed to upcoming FDNY class. 
             Alec also had a great sense of humor, willing to be the brunt of many jokes but also able to dish it out in turn, which made him beloved in the brotherhood of both departments that he served in. He enthusiastically applied himself to everything he did, whether it was being a firefighter, physical fitness, helping his community, or just enjoying life.
             The officers and members of the Vails Gate Fire Department wish to extend their deepest condolences to the Tannenbaum family, as well as to Alec’s extended family at the West Point Fire Department and the United States Marine Corps. Alec proudly served his country and his community with everything he had. Most importantly, he was a friend and brother to us all, and will be sorely missed.

Contact Information:

Vails Gate Fire Department Chief J.D. Merritt
Cell: 845-590-8039
E-mail:
[email protected]

Vails Gate Fire Company President Michele Bender
Cell: 631-241-2818
E-mail:
[email protected]

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