- Published on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:22
On Tuesday night, I attended a long awaited coronation.
I arrived at the Albany County Courthouse for a Legislative meeting and was immediately concerned with the overwhelming number of emergency vehicles surrounding the Courthouse. This must be a 20 alarm emergency with the coverage from all the way across the County.
I, and my walking partner…Mr. Higgins, pondered the situation. When the elevator opened on the second floor we realized that this was not an emergency but tonight would be the night that a County Fire Coordinator would be named…and all my fire guys were there for the coronation. Heck, even the Colonie Supervisor, Ms. Mahan, was there to lend her support.
(Aside: I got a flu shot at the meeting with every intention of getting dizzy, nauseous and fainting amidst all my fire guys….oh well, might that be called desperate for attention?)
After a major political battle where the Democratic Leadership held out for one of their faves over the union’s pick, Gerald Paris, Jr….there was a definite winner on Tuesday night. Mr. Paris (I’m unsure if he is termed Chief but I’m sure I’ll be corrected) comes with an excellent slate of credentials. He has been an instructor with the NYS DOS Office Department of fire prevention and an Instructor with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and control for 15 years.
This guy has almost as many jobs as Mr. Morse!! He is also an FBTI (?) instructor for Momentive Performance Materials since 2010….Paris has also been with the Town of Colonie Emergency Services as Fire Coordinator since 2008. His certifications make me feel safe just reading them as a National Pro Board Certified Officer 3, Fighter 2 and Service Instructor 2….the list goes on and on….but I think Albany County may have gotten a good one…in spite of the politicos.
Oh, and, as if I didn't already have enough reason to love this guy....he gave a really quick "speech" shook a few hands and took the celebration to the far end of the hallway...saying something on the idea of "I don't want to make your evenings even longer." I just love a succinct man!!
Congratulations Mr. Paris, Albany County is the winner on this one.