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Rotterdam might cut paramedic program

Supervisor cites budget crunch, eyes possible contract with Mohawk Ambulance

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Rotterdam’s three-decade-old paramedic service could fall prey to the budget ax, Supervisor Harry Buffardi acknowledged this week. With the town facing yet another tough budget year, Buffardi said he’s exploring the impact of cutting the town-funded paramedic program and contracting for its emergency medical services with Mohawk Ambulance, a private company based out of Schenectady. The town’s contract with the nonprofit Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services Inc. expires in November, and Mohawk has agreed to provide ...


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cfield
September 13, 2013
9:35 a.m.

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MAS definitely does NOT provide a level of care than REMS and the RPD ALS program! A majority of MAS employees are sloppy, rude, obnoxious and don't have the pride or care about anything other than your social security number s they can bill you correctly. Buffardi is worried about the tax cap and eliminating a necessary service who saves countless lives including a high ranking town official who was revived by a town medic. The burden of the higher bills charged by MAS will be pushed into the laps of the elderly town residents whi frequently use the town EMS system. So Mr Buffardi.... which do they pay?? their taxes or their outrageous ambulance bill???Just last night REMS and a town paramedic delivered a baby, after MAS had no ambulances available to respond to calls they already are contracted for in the city of Schenectady. REMS covered a call and Niskayuna Fire Dist 1 covered 2 calls. When REMS is no More who will be there to bail out the green and white devil??? Not only are you going to put unionized town residents out of work but eliminating a service that has been in place for 33 years as well as a town business run by the residents, and the health and safety of the town on your shoulders. Who do you think people will turn to when a resident dies because there was no one to come to their aid, it's not going to be the unemployeed EMTS AND Paramedics. It will be you! And we can't forget why all of this is even an option... Deputy Supervisor Wayne Calder feeds information to his son in law who is a big wig at Mohawk Ambulance. So I'm sure the supervisor and board aren't going to be filling their pockets with MOHAWKS dirty money. They play dirty, just like they were always one of the biggest campaign contributors to Jerry Jennings in Albany and they got Empire locked out of the contract. All the town residents aren't elderly and naive Harrry

cfield
September 13, 2013
9:40 a.m.

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Wonder if the fact that Mohawk Ambulance's operations director is the Son-In-Law of one of the Rotterdam Town Board Members has any bearing on the exclusion of everyone in the decision making process. Also not surprising that the CSEA president seems not to care that full-time CSEA members are about to get axed. "Sometimes you have to make the hard choice". Thats a hot one. Just keep paying your dues and send me on vacation once a year. The rest of the time you're pretty much on your own.

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