Statement from Councilmember Brad Lander on Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Closing of E220 Fire Company at 530 11th Street

Statement from Councilmember Brad Lander on Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Closing of E220 Fire Company at 530 11th Street

"I was angry to learn this afternoon of the proposed closing of the FDNY Engine 220 fire company at 530 11th street in Park Slope -- one of 20 fire companies that Mayor Bloomberg is proposing to close as part of this year’s budget.

This fire company keeps my family, and me, and much of Park Slope safe. If the Bloomberg Administration is allowed to proceed with this closure, arrival times at fires will increase dramatically in our neighborhood. According to stats provided to the City Council, the first arrival time would jump from 3:38 to 4:08 seconds (a 19% increase), and the second arrival time would go from 4:08 to 5:24 (a 30% increase). An extra minute to get an engine company to a fire can be the difference between life and death.

Mayor Bloomberg has his priorities in all the wrong places. Closing these 20 firehouses would save $40 million, while the City's 'rainy day' fund has $1.9 billion on reserve. The mayor supports giving a new tax break to millionaires and billionaires (by opposing extension of the existing NYS millionaire's tax), and increasing spending on consultants by over $100 million, while putting lives at risk."

Statement from Councilmember Brad Lander on Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Closing of E220 Fire Company at 530 ...

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