U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) is touting a $170,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) being allocated to the West New York Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.
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“Congratulations to West New York for receiving this competitive grant. This funding will better equip emergency medical technicians (EMTs) protecting West New York, support first responders needs, and keep residents safe,” Sires said in a statement.
The AFG Program is a grant program within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on supporting our nations’ fire departments and enhancing public safety against fire hazards.
Sires is retiring from the House after eight terms at the end of this year and is expected to be succeeded by 8th District Democratic congressional nominee Rob Menendez: a lawyer, Port Authority commissioner, and the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez who won the primary convincingly.
As for Sires, who has expressed an interest in returning to one of his old gigs, the mayor of West New York, rather than riding off into the sunset, with another former mayor, Felix Roque, sounding eager about that potential matchup.
While the West New York municipal elections are still about 9 months away, the current plan appears to have Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez heading to the the Assembly rather than seeking re-election.