Palumbo Joins Conference to Introduce Legislation Granting Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) showed his support for a bill that was unveiled today that would give volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel a state income tax exemption. A.7655, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Chris Tague (R,C,I, Ref- Schoharie), aims to reward volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel for their dedicated service to our communities and incentivize new recruits to volunteer themselves.
To qualify, volunteers must be in good standing, have one year minimum of service, have completed all New York state-mandated training courses, be certified by the chief emergency service coordinator of their respective county, and attend at least 55% of annual emergency calls.
Day-in and day-out our volunteer firefighters give up time with their families and busy lives to answer the call of duty, said Palumbo. Rewarding them with a state income tax exemption is the least we can do. I think this a great program that also provides an incentive for a new generation of individuals to volunteer, which will help offset the low volunteer recruitment numbers we have seen lately. I encourage my counterparts in the Assembly Majority to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. With a month left in this years legislative session, we have plenty of time to get this bill signed into law.