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The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, a not-for-profit corporation, works to improve the fiscal responsibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the fire district management through education, training and advocacy for commissioners and other fire district officials in the 57 counties outside of the City of New York.
Thomas J. Rinaldi
Tom Rinaldi is a 49 year member of the fire service, a past chief, Saratoga County Fire Advisory Board member and currently a third term Commissioner with Stillwater Fire District, in Saratoga County, NY. He holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from Niagara University and a Certificate of Fire Science from Montgomery College, Rockville Maryland. Tom has served with volunteer and career departments in Maryland New York. In 2010 Tom retired from the NYS Office of Emergency Management and is currently employed by Chazen Engineering as a Senior Code Analyst for the Town of Malta at the $14 billion GlobalFoundries semiconductor facility. In his capacity as a State Association officer he also serves on a number of other ad hoc committees and is a liaison to the State Fire Council. Tom is concurrently the 1st Vice President of the Association of Fire Districts of the Capital Area and author of the weekly Capital Bulletin. He has served as 2nd Vice President of the Association liaison to the NYS Codes Coalition. Everyone know his son Tony who travels with Linda and Tom, son TJ Jr. is a firefighter/paramedic with the Albany, NY fire department and daughter Jeanni who is a midwife and practices in St. Francis hospital in Midlothian, Virginia. (2/17)
Frederick Senti, Jr.
1st Vice President
Fred Senti is a 45 year member of the Lakeview Fire District in Nassau County. Fred had been very active in the fire service as former Chairman if the Fourth Battalion Fire District, Past Chief of Lakeview, Commissioner for 30 years and a 21 year member of the Long Island Law & Legislative Committee serving as both Chairman and Co-Chairman. Fred was also past president of the Executive Council of the Firematic Organizations of Nassau County. In 1994 Fred served as the Director of the Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County and as President of the County Association in 1999. For 12 years Fred has served as Region 8 Director for the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York as well as 2nd Vice President. In his professional career, Fred served 32 years in the Unified Court System, as Court Officer, Senior Court Officer, Senior Court Clerk, Deputy Commissioner of Jurors of Nassau County and Court Management Analyst. Fred resides in West Hemstead, NY with his wife Debra and is proud of both his son and daughter who have followed in Dad's footsteps in the fire service. (2/17)
2nd Vice President
Ken Preston is a 55 year member of the North Greece Fire District, having served thirty two years as Commissioner. During his tenure as a Commissioner, he assisted in developing one of the largest combination fire departments in Monroe County, consisting of 47 career and 60 volunteers, with an annual budget over eight million dollars. He is past President of the Fire Department, past President of the Monroe County Fire District Officers Association and served as Treasurer for the seventeen years, and a member of the Town of Greece Fire Council. He is a current member and past president of the Western New York Law and Legislative Association. Ken has served as a Director of Region 5 Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York for the past 10 years. As a Director, he has chaired the Administration/Policy Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Education Committee. Ken is currently Chairperson of the Workshop/Annual Meeting Logistics Committee, a co-chair of the Program Planning Committee, a member of the Audit Committee, and Scholarship Committee. Ken and his wife Donna recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Tammy, lives nearby in Greece, and their son Todd lives in Highland, Michigan. Their five grand children are very active in school sports and plays, which are frequently attended by their proud grandparents. (2/17)
Joseph P. DeStefano
Joseph DeStefano has served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Sate Association for the past four years. During his period in office the Association has worked to provide accountability, transparency and is dedicated to better managed spending. The Secretary Treasurer is and integral part of the Association providing support and direction to the officers and the Board of Directors as we continue to grow and evolve.
Joe has been a resident of Medford, New York, in Suffolk County for 44 years, is married with two children and one grandchild. Joe holds an Associate's degree in Business and Management from Suffolk Community College. He has been in the fire service sor 38 years and has held the office as fire police Lieutenant, Recording Secretary, Vice President, President and 2nd Lieutenant. Joe became a life member in 1995. Concurrently he served Medford Volunteer Ambulance and served as Director.
As a full time employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Joe has served as a Public Safety Dispatcher, Supervisor. Joe has gained experience by serving as District Manager of the Riverhead Fire District, President of the Brookhaven Town Fire District Officer's Association, Secretary Treasurer of the Suffolk County Fire District Officer's Association, President of the Sheriff's/Probation Civilian Unit of the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees where he served on a number of committees. Joe also served as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Medford Fire District where he has been an elected commissioner since 1996. (2/17)
Anthony J. Gallino
Joseph F. Frank, Esq.