Democrats give $1K to Fire Department in memory of Fran Nayman

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Orleans County Democratic Party Committee presented a $1,000 check this evening to leaders of the Albion Fire Department. The donation was made in memory of Fran Nayman, a leader in the party who died in a fire on Dec. 12 at his small engine repair shop in Albion.

Jeanne Crane, Democratic Party chairwoman, presents the money to Albion Fire Department officials, from left: Al Cheverie, president; Jeremy Graham, assistant fire chief; Harry Papponetti, deputy fire chief; and Rocky Sidari, fire chief. Gary Kent, back left, and County Legislator Fred Miller are also pictured.

Nayman was a big supporter of the Fire Department, as well as other causes in the community, Kent said.

“He was all about his community and giving back unselfishly,” Kent said.

The Democratic Party Committee wanted to direct the money in Nayman’s memory to the Fire Department, because volunteer firefighters exemplify Nayman’s traits of community service, Kent said during a presentation at Hoag Library.

“There is no group of people that epitomizes selflessness and giving without any expectation of getting anything in return,” Kent said about firefighters.

Nayman was 76 when he died in the fire. He is former county legislator and Albion town supervisor. He was a source of encouragement for Democratic Party candidates, who need to overcome a 2-to-1 enrollment advantage against Republicans in Orleans County.

“There isn’t a Democrat in Orleans County who ran for office and didn’t get help financially or with advice to try to help you win the election,” said David Green, retired Orleans County sheriff and current vice chairman for the party. “He was always out there with you.”