From the NY Times:
Coming soon to a firehouse near you: Mr. Thompson.
The comptroller has been attacking Mr. Bloomberg for closing numerous firehouses during his two terms in office.
Mr. Thompson has been showing up lately in more locations that are next to, or not far from, firehouses that were closed or considered for closure. And he is surrounding himself with firefighters from the Uniformed Firefighters Association, which has endorsed him.
On Wednesday, Mr. Thompson campaigned in Sunnyside, Queens, with City Councilman Eric N. Gioia, and noted that Engine Company 261, less than a mile away, had been closed by the mayor.
“If Mike Bloomberg wins, there will be other firehouses that will close in the city of New York,” Mr. Thompson. “So again, New York’s Bravest — it’s good to see you, good to have your support.”
Some may dismiss this as political rhetoric, but it's the sad truth. Thompson also should mention that the closed firehouses are in areas that Bloomberg upzoned for denser development.