BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – Today, state and local officials celebrated the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department and village police vehicle in Bath. 

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano secured $700,000 in funding as part of the 2018-2019 New York State budget to help the village. The state grant was funded through the State and Municipal Capital Facilities Program (SAM) and reportedly saved village taxpayers two-thirds of the cost of the new vehicles.

In a joint statement, O'Mara and Palmesano said “We are always grateful for the opportunity to assist our local police agencies and fire departments and first responders. These new fire and police vehicles will better serve Bath residents, enhance the personal safety of firefighters and police officers and ease the burden on local property taxpayers. Thank you to Mayor von Hagn, to Bath's firefighters and police officers, and to their fellow first responders throughout the region for their outstanding service to save lives, protect property and keep our communities and neighborhoods safe.”

“It's very, very big to this community to get a grant of this nature,” said Bath Village Mayor Bill von Hagn. “The fire truck at nearly a million dollars and a police vehicles at nearly $40,000 is huge to help our first responders. We need to provide them with the tools that they need in order to complete their mission in this community.”

Officials say they purchased the ladder truck to replace an outdated, 30-year-old truck, and enhance firefighting capabilities for the department's district and surrounding area. The new police vehicle was bought to make sure the village maintains a flee of four patrol cars.