GOV. ROOSEVELT VETOES BILL TO PAY FIREMEN’S EXPENSES

GOV. ROOSEVELT VETOES BILL TO PAY FIREMEN’S EXPENSES

Measure Provided for Expenses of Paid Firemen Attending Schools and a Per Diem Sum Plus Expenses for Volunteer Firemen in State

REGARDLESS of the support given by Fire Chiefs in New York State and the approval given by the New York Legislature, the bill drafted to pay the expenses of paid firemen attending the Zone Fire Schools, and the expenses and a sum to compensate volunteer firemen for wages lost while attending the school, failed to secure the Governor’s signature. In vetoing the bill, Governor Roosevelt wrote, “It is not in keeping with the spirit which I know exists among volunteer firemen.”

The bill has had a considerable history.

At the convention of the New York State Fire Chiefs’ Association, held at Utica, N. Y., in 1930, a general discussion was held relative to the Zone Fire Schools in various districts in the state and means to increase attendance at these schools. After a lengthy discussion a resolution was adopted to have the Law Committee of the association attempt to secure legislation that would legalize the payment to volunteer firemen of expenses at the school and a reasonable “per diem” compensation by the village, town or fire district. Also that expenses of those designated to attend be charged against the municipality.

D. S. Mersereau, Union, N. Y., who was added to the Law Committee by Chief Fleming of Albany, appeared before county and district firemen’s associations at their regular conventions and explained the object of the proposed law. The resolution was endorsed by every association of volunteer and paid firemen—in all, thirty counties in the state.

The matter was then turned over to Assemblyman Whitcomb of Broome County, who had the bill drafted and introduced to the legislature.

The bill came to the attention of the Law Committee of the State Mayors’ Conference who approved it after certain amendments were made. The following amended bill was reintroduced and was passed by both the Assembly and Senate.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Chapter twenty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred nine, entitled “An act relating to municipal corporations, constituting chapter twenty-four of the consolidated laws,” is hereby amended by adding a new section, to be section seventy-two-cc, to read as follows:

§72-cc. Expenses of members of the fire department in attending a fire training school. The board or body of a county, city, town, village or fire district authorized to appropriate and raise money by taxation and to make payments therefrom is hereby authorized, in its discretion, to appropriate and raise money by taxation and to make payments from such money, for the annual expenses of the members of the fire department of such municipal corporation or district in attending a fire training school either within such municipal corporation or district or elsewhere within the state. Such expenses shall be allowed only upon the presentation of certificates of attendance issued by the school. The chief or other head of such department, whether it consists of paid or volunteer members or both, may send any member or members of such department to a fire training school for instruction and practice, provided, however, that in a county, town, village or fire district such action by the chief shall be subject to the approval of the officer, body or board having jurisdiction over such department. Whenever a volunteer member of such department is designated to attend such fire training school, a reasonable daily allowance may be made to him as a part of his expenses upon his presentation of a certificate of attendance issued by the school.

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§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

In introducing the bill, Mr. Whitcomb, its sponsor, said:

“These schools are being patronized by various municipalities who have no means of training their firemen, in order that their local firemen may be better qualified to perform their duties.

“This bill, a purely permissive one, would allow the proper authorities to pay the expenses of a paid fireman, and a per diem sum plus expenses to volunteer firemen. Inasmuch as this training is for the mutual advantage and protection of the municipalities, it is asking too much for a paid fireman to pay his own expenses, and certainly a volunteer fireman should not be required to lose his own time and pay his expenses besides.”

In his veto message, Governor Roosevelt said:

“Irrespective of the question of expenses being paid, I do not believe that the members of a volunteer fire department should be paid for their day’s wages while attending a school. It is not in keeping with the spirit which I know exists among volunteer firemen. This bill is therefore disapproved.”

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Statement of Ownership

Statement of the ownership, management, circulation, etc., required by the Act of Congress of August 24, 1912, of FIRE ENGINEERING, published bi-weekly at New York, New York, April 1, 1931.

State of New York, County of New York, s.s.:

Before me, a Notary Public in and for the state and county aforesaid, personally appeared I. H. Case, who, having been duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that he is the General Manager of FIRE ENGINEERING and that the following is, to the best of his knowledge and belief, a true statement of the ownership, management, etc., of the aforesaid publication for the date shown in the above caption, required by the Act of Congress of August 24, 1912, embodied in section 443, Postal Laws and Regulations, to wit:

  1. That the names and addresses of the publisher, editor, managing editor, and general manager are:
  2. Publisher. Case-Shepperd-Mann Publishing Corporation, 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

    Editor—Robert H. Lockwood. 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

    Managing Editor—Fred Shepperd. 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

    Business Manager—I. H. Case, 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

  3. That the owners are:
  4. Case-Shepperd-Mann Publishing Corporation, 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

    I. H. Case, 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

    Fred Shepperd, 24 West 40th Street, New York City.

    Karl M. Mann. 24 West 40th Street. New York City.

    Robert H. Lockwood. 24 West 40th Street. New York City.

  5. That the known bondholders, mortgagees, and other security holders, owning or holding 1 per cent, or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other securities are: None.
  6. That the two paragraphs next above, giving the names of the owners, stockholders, and security holders, if any, contain, not only the list of stockholders and security holders as they appear upon the books of the company, but also, in cases where the stockholder or security holder appears upon the books of the company as trustee or in any other fiduciary relation, the name of the person or corporation for whom such trustee is acting, is given: also that the said two paragraphs contain statements embracing affiant’s full knowledge and belief as to the circumstances and conditions under which stockholders and security holders who do not appear upon the books of the company as trustees, hold stock and securities in a capacity other than that of a bona fide owner and this affiant has no reason to believe that any other person, association, or corporation has any interest direct or indirect in the said stock, bonds, or other securities than as so stated by him.

I. H. CASE,

Rucnpcs Manager.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of March, 1931.

(Seal)

ELLEN E. DUNCANSON.

(My commission expires March 30, 1932.)

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