Save Coxsackie Ambulance

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Currently the Town of Coxsackie is considering plans to dissolve the Ambulance Service in favor of a non-profit agency providing this critical service.

The plan as outlined in a proposal would entail closing both the Town of Coxsackie Ambulance Service and the Greenville Rescue Squad, and having another agency - most likely Greene County EMS Inc. - take over the provision of emergency medical coverage for Coxsackie, Greenville and the Town of New Baltimore.

The plan as outlined is a complete overhaul of emergency medical services in these three towns, a step which has not been taken before anywhere else in New York state. Dedicated employees are being given no assurances of continued employment with whatever agency comes next, health benefits will be gutted, and retirement accounts long established will be left behind.

All of this upheaval is being billed as the means by which to save $7000. Yes - seven THOUSAND dollars between the three towns. This paltry sum, in exchange for the complete destruction of two EMS agencies with no guarantee of future savings.

Perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of this is that it is happening with very little public knowledge. The Town has not discussed this proposal with the very people who will be most impacted - you, the taxpaying resident of Coxsackie.

We urge you to sign this petition in order to demonstrate to your town officials that keeping local emergency services local is of importance to you and that you will hold them to account for the decisions they make in the coming months.



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