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Rotterdam, Mohawk EMS battle


ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - An almost 80-year-old emergency services system in Rotterdam could come to an end if the town's 2014 budget passes. 

The town supervisor is suggesting dissolving the entire EMS system to instead go with Mohawk ambulance as a cost saving measure.

"We don't understand the logic to eliminate a system that works so well," says Rotterdam EMS board president John Dybas. "The system is excellent and there is no reason to take something out of the town and give it to a for profit company."

Rotterdam town supervisor Harry Buffardi says the possible move would save the town more than $500,000.

"It will save that money and allow us to meet our property tax cap."

But for the dozens of emergency responders that packed town hall Wednesday, it's more than just a monetary decision, it is a dissolving of a group that has served this town for 77 years.

"We are a family and many of us are volunteers and employees don't do it for the money, it is because we do it to help people," said Dybas.

Rotterdam EMS employees did present an alternate plan to the board, saying they would upgrade to paramedic level and keep all the employees and level of service.

"There is certainly animosity over this," said Buffardi. "Tonight we showed this is a cost savings to Rotterdam and his isn't about who does good or who does bad."

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