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Victims speak out for EMS at Colonie Town Board meeting

The program's contract with the Town ends September 1. The Supervisor has decided not to enter into a new contract to continue it. As the result of a resolution introduced at the last Town Board meeting, on Thursday, July 10, a public hearing will be held at 7:05 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall on Thursday, August 14, to further discuss the program's conclusion.

But tonight, when over 20 EMS respondents attended the meeting holding up yellow signs that read, "The Town Board Will Save Lives By Saving the Flight Medic Program," they wanted more.

According to Gary Favro, labor union representative for the Colonie EMS department, program participants were requesting that the board delay the conclusion date of the program, which is currently set to September 1. Favro said that he feels the conclusion date is too close to the date of the public hearing, August 14, and that by extending the conclusion date, board members and the supervisor will be able to make a well-informed decision, as opposed to what Favro labeled an "abrupt decision."

The board entertained public comment, completed the meeting's agenda, and opened up a second public comment session before the conclusion of the meeting. Favro came to the podium a second time to urge the board to suspend the conclusion date. The meeting was adjourned without the date being suspended.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the July 30 print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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