Suzannah B. Troy happy to be here but pissed to have a city council member voted third term Diana Reyna who The NY Daily News and NY Post listed on City Council hall of shame for taking lulus. She is no leader but someone who lives well off the NYC tax payers. The NY Daily News exposed city council members who don't want to pay up their fair share of taxes etc just like Wall Streeters and guess what we don't have money for fire houses and for school teachers?
Council people Let James and Dan Halloran gave good speeches. Halloran pointed out his Lt. Halloran brothers in Queens and Brooklyn are in fire houses that Bloomberg wants to close. Bloomberg is sending a message to the Hallorans.
This shirt honors the memory of Firemen Bobby Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino -- Bobby was so handsome, funny, smart and compassionate. They are in Heaven but for now no justice on Earth.
Statement of Daniel Rivera
The People’s Firehouse, Inc.
On City Fire Company Closures
The People’s Firehouse, Inc. is deeply concerned about the announced closures of 20 fire companies in our City. Such closures are certain to result in increased response times and fire fatalities. The projected closures are unacceptable ways of closing budget gaps.
As Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy rightly says, in this post 9-11 world, the FDNY’s expanded responsibilities to protect New Yorkers cannot be accomplished by service reductions. Since 2001 FDNY emergencies are up by 16 percent.
Eight of these projected closures affect our own Borough of Brooklyn, including Ladder Company 104 at 161 South 2nd Street in Southside Williamsburg, as well as Engine Companies 206 and 218, all of which serve our general area. Brooklyn neighborhoods are unfairly and disproportionately impacted by these cuts and closings.
Least our City’s elite believe that they are not impacted, they should know that Engine Company 4 at 42 South Street in Manhattan is slated for closure, too. EC 4 is only a few blocks away from the Mayor’s own office at City Hall and other important government structures and transportation hubs. These include the New York Stock Exchange, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the Broadway Federal Building, and Battery Park City.
The People’s Firehouse, Inc. is opposed to these 20 fire company closures, which put both civilian residents and firefighters at risk.