ALBANY — Three emergency-services workers from Essex County were among the 128 statewide honored at Wednesday’s State of the State address.
When Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy asked the first-responders to stand, among them were Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish, Deputy Director Michael Blaise and Emergency Medical Services Coordinator Patty Bashaw.
“The state has suffered nine major disasters in the last few years,” Duffy said. “Thank you for your bravery and courage and all you have done for us ...
“You make New York state proud.”
Duffy was the moderator for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, and afterward, Jaquish said by phone that he, Blaise and Bashaw appreciated the recognition.
“We were proud to represent all first-responders: fire, EMS, police. It was an honor to be selected.
“In the North Country, we’ve had one disaster after another — floods, ice storms, blackouts — and we came through them all stronger.”
Bashaw said via phone that it was good to see emergency-services workers recognized.
“We represented all the first-responders in Essex County. It takes a team to do what we do, and we were here representing the team.”
During his address, Cuomo offered special remarks for the region.
“The North Country was long ignored by Albany,” he said. “The Bombardier rail-car facility in Plattsburgh is going great guns. They have a bright future.”
Bombardier had laid off workers when it lost contracts, but it recently won a $640 million order from Bay Area Rapid Transit in California for 365 new rail cars.
“That news was certainly good news,” City of Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon agreed, in reaction to the governor’s mention of Bombardier. “We are going in the right direction, and hopefully that will continue.”
Cuomo also mentioned Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake for its expansion plans and touted a new hotel being constructed in Lake Placid.