Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cablevision News Fixes Their Error


In the interest of being fair, it must be reported that Cablevision News anchor Kerry Donovan called and emailed today to express his apologies for the inaccurate news report on Tuesday night.  On tonight’s episode of Cablevision News a correction was ran.  Chief Maeder would like to thank Mr. Donovan for correcting the mistake.  Mr. Donovan’s statement was as follows:
“Tuesday night we incorrectly reported that one of New York's highest  pension earners had worked for the Fairview Fire District in the town of Poughkeepsie.
This information is wrong. The Fairview Fire Department did not make the list, period.
The Fairview Fire District was not contacted in advance of our report, which was wrong.  The internet is a helpful research tool used carefully,  telephone calls to people with the original information are still required to maintain accurate news reporting. 
Chief Maeder who called us, reports that the highest pension paid to anyone who has bravely served residents of the  Fairview Fire District, retired with a well earned pension of $49,000 dollars. 
We sincerely regret this error and will continue to revisit our existing standards for news reporting.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cablevision News Story June 12th, 2012

On tonight’s episode of Cablevision News, co-hosted by Kerry Donavan and Kristine Conte a story aired and referred to the Fairview Fire District.  The story was called “6 Figure Pensions.”  Kerry Donavan reported that “locally William McCauley of the Fairview Fire District of Poughkeepsie ranked #87 with a pension of $148,913.”   The story cited a report released on June 11th by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.  
A number of attempts were made in the hope of correcting the story this evening with multiple phone calls and an email made by Chief Christopher Maeder.   There was no response to these attempts by Cablevision staff.  This blog is an open response to Cablevision who will hopefully report on tomorrows news cast the errors that were reported.  
The easiest rebuttal to the story is to relate that there has never been a firefighter with the name of William McCauley employed by the Fairview Fire District in Poughkeepsie, New York.  It is important to note that Cablevision never contacted the district offices to confirm the prior employment of the individual named in the story.   Furthermore, the report that is currently on the Empire Center for New York Policy never lists Mr. McCauley, his salary, his previous employer, or the Fairview Fire District.  The press release can be found at http://www.empirecenter.org/AboutUS/news_releases/2012/06/nyslrs061112.cfm.  It is also important to note that there is a Fairview Fire District located in Westchester County, in the town of Greenburgh. Their website can be located at www.fairviewfire.org
One can easily look for retirement salaries using the web site www.seethroughny.net.  The highest paid retiree of the Fairview Fire District, POUGHKEEPSIE is receiving an annual payment of $49,500.  The Empire Center for New York State Policy reports “The average pension for all newly retired PFRS (Police and Fire Retirement System) members came to $60,798...” It is obvious that retirees of the Fairview Fire District, POUGHKEEPSIE retire with less than what is considered an “average pension.”   
It is also obvious that the media will not let the facts get in the way of a good story.   In the interest of responsible reporting, Cablevision News should report the facts immediately and apologize for the lack of effort in getting the story straight.
Please remember that Fairview Firefighters are here when you need us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Friday, June 8, 2012

Response Time Matters


In the month of May 2012, Fairview Firefighters and EMT’s had an average response time of 4 minutes and 26 seconds.  Our average response time was for both fire and emergency medical services alarms.  A timely response by emergency professionals is critical.  Every second counts!!!  Please remember that Fairview’s professionals (both paid and volunteer) are here for you when you need us.