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February 3, 2010

Atlantic Yards YES! FDNY NO!!

While New Yorkers are facing deep cuts in essential services, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg scraped together another $31 million for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project.

The NY Times, City Fire Department Braces for Cuts

New York City’s plans to close as many as 20 fire companies will require the Fire Department to undertake its most radical reorganization since the financial crisis of the 1970s, according to senior department officials.

As a result, the department is analyzing statistics, block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood, to determine how it can most safely take engines and ladder trucks out of service.

“If we have to close 20 companies, which is a 6 percent reduction in the number of companies we have, it is going to tax us,” said Salvatore J. Cassano, the newly appointed commissioner of the Fire Department of New York. “It is certainly the most challenging thing we have faced in decades.”

Posted by lumi at February 3, 2010 4:41 AM