More budget cuts to hit Long Island City, only this time it’s not the MTA. It’s the FDNY and Dutch Kills is in danger of losing a very important firehouse (aren’t they all?) No. 116, which also serves Roosevelt Island. Needless to say, no one is very happy about this, and there’s already been the obligatory political/press protest of the firehouse closing on Friday.
Officially FDNY has not announced exactly which firehouses they’re shutting down in the city, but No 116 appears to be on the potential chopping block.
Why this is even under consideration is mind boggling. Let me remind the mayor and the city council that they UPZONED all of these neighborhoods over the past few years and if anything, there is more of a need for firehouses now than before. Especially since you closed another firehouse in LIC in 2003. If you are going to promote the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD!!! philosophy, then you need to provide services for the surplus population that it invites.
Hey, weren't all the new luxury condos supposed to pay for this stuff anyway?
They never factored in what would happen if they were sitting empty.
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