Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.FALCONER —The Falconer Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant of $125,238, according to Congressman Tom Reed.Reed announced the grant Thursday through the Assistance to Firefighters program.In addition, the City of Dunkirk Fire Department will receive $155,304.76.The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency alongside the U.S. Fire Administration. “We recognize the services firefighters carry out every day to keep us safe and secure. Given the important role firefighters play in our communities, we care about making sure our fire departments have fair access to the resources they need,” said Reed. “These grants are crucial to our local fire departments and we were proud to fight for these funds.”For more information on the Assistance to Fire Fighters grants program visit: fema.gov.
Alan Rubenstein, chief executive of the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, has joined the supervisory board of Robeco, according to the Dutch asset manager.Rubenstein, who joined the lifeboat scheme in 2009 after two years as head of Lehman Brothers’ Pensions Advisory Group, will chair Robeco’s investment committee and also sit on its audit and risk committee while retaining his role at the PPF.He has previously worked at Scottish Widows, BZW Asset Management and Lucas Varity Fund Management.He spent eight years at Morgan Stanley, working as its European head of pensions, before departing for Lehman Brothers two years before the bank collapsed. He was then hired in 2009 to replace Partha Dasgupta, the PPF’s second chief executive, but prior to his appointment also acted as vice-chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, chairing the association’s investment council.In his time at the PPF, Rubenstein has put in place a plan for the lifeboat fund to be self-sufficient by 2030, worked with the NAPF to launch the Pensions Infrastructure Platform and is currently working on a new pensions insolvency model, replacing the current one based on Dun and Bradstreet scores.