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    Fire Unions Rip Administration

    Fire Unions Rip Administration
    Cite 'stealth plan' to reduce staffing

    By William Murphy
    STAFF WRITER

    December 12, 2002


    The city's fire unions lashed out at the Bloomberg administration yesterday, claiming there was a "stealth plan" to reduce the size of the Fire Department and that the administration had made "incendiary" remarks about firefighters.

    One union leader even urged firefighters contemplating retirement to worry about themselves first because the city administration has stopped looking out for their interests.

    The anger of the unions came after Deputy Mayor Marc Shaw said over the weekend that the administration knew all along it would have to close firefighting units but pretended it would study the issue first.

    One fire union official, asking not to be identified, noted that the City Council voted an increase of more than 18 percent in property taxes with the expectation that the fire staffing issue would be studied by a blue-ribbon panel.

    "Does this mean when they [the administration] were dealing with the City Council they were not dealing in good faith? And should the City Council trust them ever again?" said the official, who asked not to be identified.

    Capt. Peter Gorman, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, said he did not see why the Fire Department should appoint three members to the blue-ribbon panel to study the staffing issue.

    "I don't see how three high-ranking FDNY uniformed chiefs can serve on this commission when City Hall publicly labels them as stooges who already have their orders," Gorman said in a message to this members.

    Stephen Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said in a letter to the mayor that he ought to either repudiate Shaw's remarks or be honest with city residents and its firefighters.

    Bloomberg's office declined any direct comment on the Cassidy letter and another letter from Gorman. The mayor's office pointed reporters to his remarks over the weekend in which he said all city agencies "have to find ways to do more with less."

    A spokesman for the City Council declined to comment on the letters.

    Gorman, whose union represents superior officers, said in his statement that Shaw was "a blithering idiot who has never been elected by anyone to anything."

    "If you are contemplating retirement, protect yourself and your family first," Gorman wrote to his members.

    "You've done enough, and sacrificed enough, for the people of New York City. Take care of yourself and your family first, because this administration doesn't give a damn for you, or your family either," Gorman said.

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    "You've done enough, and sacrificed enough, for the people of New York City. Take care of yourself and your family first, because this administration doesn't give a damn for you, or your family either," Gorman said.
    How true this is.

    It's interesting how public employees can't strike because they are so vital..... yet, they are not vital enough to pay.

    The city is being told over and over again that closing firehouses delays response, which could lead to more fatalities and property loss. Expect a huge lawsuit from the family of the first person who dies as a result of that delay. How much does the city save then? Is that being calculated in?

    Can the city administration be sued for 'failure to keep it's citizens safe' ???

    Do more with less? At what point is it impossible to squeeze anymore out?

    Though it goes against the heart and soul of firefighters and cops, in the end, we all must take care of ourselves and our families first and foremost, and allow the city to show us all the door.

    NYC new motto: Great Job...... Good Luck
    Brian Shea
    Co-Director of Fallen Brothers Foundation
    (foundation charity dissolved 2006)

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    Short memory

    I am just gobsmacked. It's barely a year since the 9/11 attacks, and the city council is considering closing down firehouses around New York. The threat of further terrorist attacks is still very real - and the city council is considering closing down firehouses. New York is one of the biggest cities in the world, with a huge population - therefore public safety should come before any money-saving considerations - and the city council is considering closing down firehouses.

    Brings to mind a lyric from a well-known Midnight Oil song: "Short memory, must have a short memory..."

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