Reilly said sometimes Cohoes residents would be closer to certain fires near the border of town and allowing more Cohoes volunteers would improve response time.
"I thank Assemblyman Reilly for his support in lifting this cap and allowing us to better serve our community in times of emergency," said Clough. "Recruitment has become a ongoing challenge and threat to public safety and by removing this limit, we are in a better position to add volunteers and provide a higher level of service to the public."
Reilly said other state departments have passed similar laws and saw success.
Recently, three recruits approved by the district's Board of Fire Commissioners; could not join due residency limitations, according to information from Reilly's office.
The legislation was forwarded to the Senate on Wednesday, June 2 and was reviewed on Tuesday, June 15. The Senate has not yet voted on the bill.
Attempts to contact Ball to clarify his nay vote were unsuccessful.