Greenport firefighters secure new equipment

GREENPORT—Greenport Fire Chief Gary Mazzacano announced that his department has received $228,000 worth of equipment as a result of 2013 FEMA grant.

The fire department completed a 19-month grant process which began March 28, 2013 when U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand notified the chief that his department won the FEMA Grant they had applied for to purchase 48 new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Read more…

Grant assists firefighters in fire prevention efforts

CHATHAM—The Chatham Fire Department received a $2,095 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives recently presented the award to Second Assistant Chief Eric Barnes and volunteer firefighters at the firehouse at 10 Hoffman Street. The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning and technology upgrades to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of New York-based organizations.

“I am proud of the Chatham Fire Department, and how everyone takes their job seriously. I rest easy, knowing that our community is protected by well-trained firefighters with good equipment,” Village of Chatham Mayor Thomas Curran said in a press release after learning of the grant.

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants quarterly to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program or to apply for a grant

VINE adds texting option

GREENPORT—An enhancement to the New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline (VINE) enables crime victims to receive a text message notification in the event of any change in the custody status of an offender incarcerated in a county correctional facility in New York State or a correctional facility in New York City, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

VINE allows crime victims to learn the custody status of an offender, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by telephone or online. This new notification option, “SMS Text Messaging Notification,” adds text messaging to the existing notification options. The additional notification method will be in Spanish and English.

“Crime victims need and want timely and accurate offender information to ensure their personal safety and that of their families. With the addition of text messaging, I believe that crime victims will be pleased with this new feature of the VINE program,” the sheriff said in the release.

In 2014, almost 2.8 million crime victims searched the VINE Database, using either the toll free number 1-888-VINE-4-NY, the VINEMobile app, both available for iPhone and Android, or the website Also in 2014, more than 100,000 crime victims received notification of a change in their offender’s status either by phone or email. It is anticipated that the addition of the text messaging option will result in even more crime victims receiving timely notification of vital offender information.




Deputies charge Livingston man with Xtra Mart armed robbery

LIVINGSTON—Christopher R. Arsenault, 27, of Livingston was charged with second degree robbery, a class C felony, by Sheriff’s Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Jason Garvey.

Deputies were dispatched to the Blue Stores Xtra Mart on State Route 9 for a reported armed robbery, January 8, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett. The caller to Columbia County 911 at 8 p.m. reported a man wearing dark clothing had entered the Xtra Mart, displayed a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect fled the area and no one was hurt. Read more…

Three-year investigation leads to sex abuse charges against four

LIVINGSTON—Following a three-year investigation, four people face criminal charges for physically and sexually abusing multiple underage victims in Columbia County.

A joint investigation conducted by the State Police Troop K Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and Columbia County Child Protective Services revealed that numerous victims suffered at the hands of the suspects, according to a State Police press release. Read more…