Saturday, March 13, 2010

62 fire companies may close

From the Daily News:

The FDNY is bracing for doomsday.

The department will be forced to close a staggering 62 fire companies and lay off more than 1,000 firefighters if the bad-news state budget becomes reality, Commissioner Salvatore Cassano told the City Council Wednesday.

"We would be very, very taxed," warned a grim-faced Cassano. "Our operations would be impacted and every neighborhood in this city would feel the effect."

Even if lawmakers in Albany - already facing an April 1 deadline and a $9 billion budget gap - find a way to pump in more cash, the city's fiscal woes may still force the FDNY to shutter 20 companies, Cassano warned.

"We're going to try not to close a single company or a single firehouse," Cassano told the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, "but if we have to, we will."


Ah, a return to the Dinkins-era.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Close the one at Grand Ave and Queens Blvd. For some reason they feel the need to take their biggest truck to buy groceries. And usually there is is only one doofus buying product. The rest are 'eyeballin the talent.' As I have heard THEM sat.

steve said...

"Close the one at Grand Ave and Queens Blvd. For some reason they feel the need to take their biggest truck to buy groceries. And usually there is is only one doofus buying product. The rest are 'eyeballin the talent.' As I have heard THEM sat."


Wow the first comment comes from some bitter, asshole with something against first responders. I swear the way some people in the tri-state area complain sometimes.....

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, homeland security is hiring. Instead of fighting fires we can all have plush federal jobs stomping on the neck of liberty.

Anonymous said...

Cut the federal defense budget in half, and give that money back to states and cities. We'll STILL have the most unfuckwithable military on the planet.

Oh yeah, I forgot. U.S. foreign policy dictates waging perpetual war on defenseless third world shitholes.

Queens Crapper said...

If they were defenseless, we wouldn't still be there. If they were defenseless, they wouldn't have turned airplanes into bombs.

Queens Crapper said...

And here's news for you. We are ending the year with a $3B surplus, so before you go harping on about U.S. foreign policy, ask Bloomturd why we can't tap into that money to prevent these closures.

stinky said...

Close the one at Grand Ave and Queens Blvd.

How dare you say such unspeakable things as shutting down the firehouse who protects my block and home, neighborhood/s and from the firehouse where so many perished on 911 rescueing thousands of lives? I may not know much about firehouses but you know nothing because you have an empty brain.

cherokeesista said...

So when that illegal boarding house next door goes up in flames I'm basically screwed right:( Unreal let the illegals pour in give them whatever they want and cut our services WOW MAKES ALOT OF FUCKING SENSE!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crappy, we weren't attacked by Iraq or Afghanistan on 9-11. We were attacked by 19 fanatical Muslims, FIFTEEN of whom were Saudi. How come we didn't invade Saudi Arabia then? Because we don't fuck with Saudi Arabia. We depend on them for oil.

When WWII pulled us out of the Great Depression, the American power elite realized that war is good business and incredibly profitable. We've been at war pretty much ever since, with one third world dump or another.

Every confrontation radicalizes. We've managed to radicalize the whole world against us, one way or another. We have over 1100 military bases around the world.

There will not be peace on earth until America goes back to an isolationist doctrine.

Queens Crapper said...

The 9-11 ringleader was tracked to Afghanistan, a country that supports terrorism against the U.S.

I guess we should just turn the other cheek whenever we get attacked. That would make for great foreign policy.

Anonymous said...

"When WWII pulled us out of the Great Depression, the American power elite realized that war is good business and incredibly profitable."

Yes! War has pulled us out of the economic funks we were in during the 1970s, 1990s and today. Oh, wait a minute...

Claire said...

The fire companies must be sacrificed or else I won't be able to reap profit from all of the Flushing development projects!!!

Anonymous said...

I'LL CALL THIS SELECTIVE DEFAULT. It seems the state of New York will delay or outright keep witheld money. NO REFUNDS! Laying off city workers is a SELECTIVE DEFAULT. Eventually there will be selective defaults on retirees' pensions (or confiscatory witholdings on those pensions) to keep the system solvent

Anonymous said...

And "TDC/Rockefeller Group" is building "Flushing Commons" in "Welling-towne"!

Keep on straining the infrastructure and cutting vital services.

Anonymous said...

The hollowing out of neighborhoods starts with the closing of firehouses.

All part of Emperor Bloomberg's plan.

Impeach the SOB!

Anonymous said...

If you noticed, our fireman are required to live at their firehouses 48 hours straight and can go nowhere on duty without being fully prepared and equipt to fight fires and emergency medical needs amongst their primary jobs.

There have to be resilient bunch to get along with each other in these yucch quarters but otherwise need to form close bonds to watch each other's back in time of great danger. Go to your local firehouse - they will explain their functions and maybe give you a tour of the firehouse. They are there to protect and save in your time of need - be grateful for them - they are essential to you and yours well being.

Anonymous said...

Maspeth Mom says.

I dont agree with the closing of firehouses, but firemen only work when called to a fire. I think thats what make people angry. They should be required to go around their district and perform inspections especially these little bodegas where they pile up the garbaage in the basement.

Also I bring my food to work - I dont spend 1 hour of work day shopping for food.

My friend told me the other day that she saw a firetruck out side of Eddie'e Pickle in Maspeth and thought they might be getting inspected but, NO a fireman came out with a giant plastic tub of pickles, and then they drove off. Nice.

Anonymous said...

If firehouses close, I'm all for burning down those ugly new buildings developers put up. And down with the luxury buildings too.

The mayor has his priorities mixed up. There is money for stupid development projects but nothing to keep essential services going.

Anonymous said...

The answer isn't to throw more money at it. The answer is to deal with the problem of unsustainable and unfair lavish pensions and benefits for government unions. Implement a fair system that pays for work, provides for defined contribution retirement plans and contributions to health care, and reasonable retirement ages, and we will be able to afford all the firehouses without huge tax burdens.