Uniformed Firefighters Association
of Greater New York Local 94 I.A.F.F. AFL-CIO

 65-2 # 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
Recording Secretary