of Greater New York Local 94 I.A.F.F. AFL-CIO
# 62 September 1, 2004
Original Communication Faxed to Firehouses
UFA Endorses President Bush
Today’s White House Press Release: New York, NY - The Uniformed Firefighters
Association of Greater New York, which represents 20,000 active and
retired firefighters, yesterday endorsed President George W. Bush's
reelection as President of the United States. In a letter of
endorsement to President Bush yesterday, Uniformed Firefighters
Association of Greater New York President Stephen J. Cassidy said,
"There are many issues in which we share common ground. During the
attack on our nation on September 11, 2001, your leadership and
compassion sustained us during our darkest hour.
"Your post September 11th policies have strengthened our nation by
taking the war to the terrorists. Additionally your overall record of
achievement and support for firefighters proves that you have earned
another four years leading this great nation."
Cassidy committed his organization's support in reelecting the
President in November. "Our 20,000 members are ready to stand by you
and support you during your bid for re-election. Call on us and we will
be there. This nation needs your leadership to continue to protect us
both at home and abroad," he said.
President Bush has dramatically increased funding for state and local
law enforcement. In 2005, the President called for an additional $3.6
billion in first-responder grants and assistance, which represents a
$3.1 billion increase - almost 700 percent - in funding over the
previous administration. Funding for firefighters in the President's
last budget represents a 400 percent increase over 2001 funding levels.
The Uniformed Firemen's Association (UFA) was formed in 1917 to
represent their members and protect their rights and they are still
serving that mission today.
Stephen J. Cassidy
Joseph A. Miccio