Coincidence?

This release comes across as a bit strange after this week’s fire in Greenpoint.

GOVERNOR DESIGNATES ARSON AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW YORK

ALBANY, NY — (05/05/2006; 1500)(EIS) — Governor George E. Pataki today designated May 7-13, 2006 as “Arson Awareness Week” in New York State. The Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC), joining the efforts of the U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) are raising public awareness of this serious crime.

“Arson is a crime with a long list of victims, including the brave men and women who respond to fire emergencies,” Governor Pataki said. “New York State has a strong and highly dedicated team of arson investigators including K9 accelerant detection teams who work with local agencies to investigate and help deter these crimes. Today, we honor all fire investigators throughout the state as we pledge to continue our efforts to reduce incidents of arson in our State.”

Full release after the jump.

—Nicole Brydson

This release comes across as a bit strange after this week’s Greenpoint fire.

GOVERNOR DESIGNATES ARSON AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW YORK

ALBANY, NY — (05/05/2006; 1500)(EIS) — Governor George E. Pataki today designated May 7-13, 2006 as “Arson Awareness Week” in New York State. The Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC), joining the efforts of the U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) are raising public awareness of this serious crime.

“Arson is a crime with a long list of victims, including the brave men and women who respond to fire emergencies,” Governor Pataki said. “New York State has a strong and highly dedicated team of arson investigators including K9 accelerant detection teams who work with local agencies to investigate and help deter these crimes. Today, we honor all fire investigators throughout the state as we pledge to continue our efforts to reduce incidents of arson in our State.”

Full release after the jump.

—Nicole Brydson

GOVERNOR DESIGNATES ARSON AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW YORK

ALBANY, NY — (05/05/2006; 1500)(EIS) — Governor George E. Pataki today designated May 7-13, 2006 as “Arson Awareness Week” in New York State. The Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC), joining the efforts of the U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) are raising public awareness of this serious crime.

“Arson is a crime with a long list of victims, including the brave men and women who respond to fire emergencies,” Governor Pataki said. “New York State has a strong and highly dedicated team of arson investigators including K9 accelerant detection teams who work with local agencies to investigate and help deter these crimes. Today, we honor all fire investigators throughout the state as we pledge to continue our efforts to reduce incidents of arson in our State.”

Secretary of State Christopher L. Jacobs, head of the Department of State which oversees the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, encourages all New Yorkers to take an active part in stopping arson by removing combustible materials from around their homes, leaving night lights on and reporting any suspicious activities to local law enforcement officials. “By getting involved in anti.arson initiatives,” Jacobs said, “we can greatly reduce the dangers arson poses to the personal safety of our citizens and their private property.”

State Fire Administrator James A. Burns said, “Prevention is the best way to protect the citizens of New York from fire, and our ongoing efforts to raise awareness and reduce the number of incendiary fires will go a long way toward saving lives. Governor Pataki and the members of the state legislature have provided us with valuable resources which are being used to further protect public safety.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 60,000 structure fires were deliberately set in 2004. More than 600 civilian lives are lost each year and property loss totaling approximately $1.8 billion is attributed to arson. In New York State, fires determined to be incendiary in nature, or intentionally set, are responsible for almost 10 percent of all reported fires and contributed to nearly $220 million in property loss.

The New York Secretary of State’s office works to defend the public’s safety, protect and develop a sustainable environment and strengthen local communities. To learn more about how the Secretary of State contributes to New York’s future, visit the Web site www.dos.state.ny.us Coincidence?