The Endangered Species

Sick leave, budget, responses and the latest in closing FDNY companies.

The FDNY and Mayor Bloomberg have released the list of 20 companies slated for closing in order to help balance the city’s budget. They are:

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E.4 42 South St. Manhattan
E.26 220 West 37th St. Manhattan
E.46 460 Cross Bronx Expwy. Bronx
E.60 341 East 143rd St. Bronx
E.157 1573 Castleton Ave. Staten Island
E.161 278 McClean Ave. Staten Island
E.205 74 Middagh St. Brooklyn
E.206 1201 Grand St. Brooklyn
E.218 650 Hart St. Brooklyn
E.220 530 11th St. Brooklyn
E.233 25 Rockaway Ave. Brooklyn
E.284 1157 79th St. Brooklyn
E.294 101-20 Jamaica Ave. Queens
E.306 40-18 214th Place Queens
E.328 16-19 Central Ave. Queens
L.8 14 North Moore St. Manhattan
L.53 169 Schofield Ave. Bronx
L.104 161 South 2nd St. Brooklyn
L.128 33-51 Greenpoint Ave. Queens
L.161 2929 W 8th St. Brooklyn

The closings are expected to save up to $55 million. The reason for the delay, or secrecy, in providing the list was for the Mayor’s office not to alarm the citizens.

“Engine 46 in the Bronx and Engine 233 in Brooklyn have the highest workloads of the 20 threatened companies, but FDNY officials claim that surrounding fire companies will be able to “absorb” the workload.”

“The firefighters’ union claims that these cuts will only force the FDNY to do more with less resources, even though the last seven years have been the busiest years in FDNY history.”

“Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy said in part in a statement, “Today Mike Bloomberg willfully abdicated responsibility for protecting the safety of New Yorkers with his proposal to close 20 fire companies. 20 closed fire companies will affect at least sixty communities and the city as a whole.” “The UFA also claims fire emergencies have increased 16 percent since 2001 and that the FDNY received a record number of alarms in 2010.”

Brooklyn May Have Biggest Share Of City Fire Company Closings, NY1

List of endangered FDNY companies released, WABC
Revealed: The FDNY Closure Hit List – UPDATED, The NY Daily News
Brooklyn hit hardest on Mayor Bloomberg’s list of FDNY companies facing closure over budget cut, NY Daily News

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