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Friday, November 11, 2016

Governor Cuomo Deploys Additional Resources to Site Affected By the Bethlehem Steel Plant Fire

In response to the fire at the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lackawanna, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management to provide immediate assistance to the impacted site and has directed them to remain on scene.
The Governor has also directed state agencies to dispatch officials to the area to monitor the air quality and provide real-time data to local emergency management officials and provide support for any actions needed to protect public health.
Agencies dispatching emergency personnel to the site include:

Office of Emergency Management

  • Doug Winner - Regional Director
  • Nick MacVie - Regional Coordinator
  • Kevin Barbas - OEM Lieutenant NYSP
Office of Fire Prevention Control
  • Brian Benstead - Deputy Chief
  • Bill Taylor - Fire Protection Specialist
  • Dave Harrington - Fire Protection Specialist
  • Bruce Oliphant - Fire Protection Specialist
  • Larry Babcock - Fire Protection Specialist
  • Jim Jennings - Fire Protection Specialist
  • Rob Jewell - Fire Protection Specialist
  • Bryan Monacelli - Fire Protection Specialist
Department of Health
  • Gregg Young - Regional Director for DOH
  • Adam Helman - Coordinator for Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • Anita Bonamici - Program Manager Environmental Health
  • Jeff Hammond - Public Affairs
  • Diana Volkman –Healthcare Preparedness Rep
  • Pat Byrne –– Public Health Emergency Preparedness Rep
  • Ross Zastrow –senior Emergency Medical Care Rep
  • Ed Mager –Senior Emergency Medical Care Rep
  • Jim Mihalko --Senior Emergency Medical Care Rep
  • Christina Scinta –Hospital Nursing Services Consultant
  • Lucy Coady –Public Health program Nurse
  • Patrick Toye –Case Worker
  • Catherine Giles, -- Principal Sanitarian
  • Catherine Herrick, -- Disease Investigator Specialist
  • Bridget Hallock, -- Field Program Services Representative 
Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Abby Snyder, Regional Director
  • Jim Strickland, Regional Engineer
  • Al Carlacci, DEC Division of Air
  • Paul Sierzenga- DEC Division of Air
  • Mike Abbott - DEC Division of Air
  • Mike Costello - DEC Division of Air
  • Matt Franklin - Director of Emergency Management
  • Matt Revenaugh - ECO Major
  • Francine Gallego - Spill Response
  • Megan Gollwitzer – Public Affairs
  • Tom Johnson – Spill Response
  • Sal Calandra – Spill Response
  • Ray Jonak – Spill Response
The state is actively working with local officials, firefighters and first responders to aid affected communities and support emergency response efforts.

The blaze has been contained at this time and there are no reported injuries associated with the fire. The state will continue to actively monitor the situation. The Department of Transportation has provided equipment to assist with traffic control.