From the Daily News:
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta testified before the City Council Tuesday about the impending closure of four FDNY companies - and warned that 12 more may go dark by the end of the year.
Over protests from several Council members, Scoppetta said the city's budget crisis made it impossible to save the four companies, including the only ladder company on City Island in the Bronx. They will close July 1.
Scoppetta said the additional dozen companies - which have not been selected - could be saved with concessions from the fire unions.
They could also be saved if we didn't spend millions on boondoggle development projects and collected more taxes from developers. But let's not get into that...