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Rotterdam Emergency Services awarded contract

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A hot-button issue resolved in the Town of Rotterdam, as board members vote for the company they want to provide ambulance service. YNN's Erin Vannella has more on the vote- which ended with Rotterdam Emergency Services being awarded a 5-year contract.

ROTTERDAM, N.Y.--Months of contention before Rotterdam's Town Board ends with Rotterdam EMS the victor.

"I'm relieved. I'm relieved because this has been a really long hard fight, and it truly is the right choice for the town of Rotterdam," said Dean Romano with Rotterdam EMS.

The Town Board voted 3- 2, awarding a 5-year ambulance and paramedic contract to REMS.

REMS thanks the community and tips its hat to a continued partnership with Mohawk, which agrees to serve the town in a mutual aid capacity.

"We're disappointed by the board's decision, but we feel we submitted the best proposal, but we certainly respect the board, respect the decision and respect the transparent process," said Richard Brandt, Vice President of Operations with Mohawk Ambulance.

Romano said, "They support us and we support them. We were there to rescue them on their bad day, they were definitely here to support us on our bad time."

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