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    No rescue for FDNY 6

    No rescue for FDNY 6



    By FRANK LOMBARDI
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Six fire companies will close tomorrow after last-ditch efforts failed yesterday to head off Mayor Bloomberg's budget ax.

    The closings will cap months of protests, demonstrations, political lobbying and an unsuccessful lawsuit.

    Some die-hard supporters still hope budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council will reopen some, or even all, of the six companies.

    But one city official involved in the process was privately skeptical yesterday, saying, "How do you get the genie back in the bottle?"

    Confirming the closings, city Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said in a statement late yesterday, "While we regret that the present budget situation has required us to close firehouses, we also believe that public safety will not be jeopardized by this action."

    On Thursday, a Brooklyn judge refused to block the six closings but gave the city the option to hold off on shuttering Engine 261 in Long Island City, Queens, pending another hearing Wednesday.

    Questions were raised about whether proper notice was given concerning the closing of Engine 261. But Cardozo said that after a review, "We believe the city gave all the notice required by law."

    Also to close today are Engine 36 in East Harlem and four Brooklyn engine companies: 204 in Cobble Hill, 209 in Williamsburg/Bedford Stuyvesant, 212 in Greenpoint and 278 in Sunset Park.

    The closings will save the city about $8 million, largely through cutting overtime costs. Some 130 firefighters from the closed companies have been ordered to other units.

    "It is a drop in the bucket," said Stephen Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, referring to the $8 million saved from the city's $44.5 billion budget. "I've said before, it's like finding a nickel in your couch."

    He and other critics contend the closings will endanger the lives of firefighters and New Yorkers.

    Precautions reportedly are being taken by the Fire Department and the police to prevent sit-ins and other disruptive actions at the six firehouses.

    Cassidy said firefighters will abide by the law, but noting that some are very upset, he added, "I can't account for what they may or may not do."

    Bloomberg originally proposed closing eight fire companies but spared two this week: Engine 293 in Woodhaven, Queens, and Squad 252 in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


    With Luis Perez



    Originally published on May 24, 2003


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/stor...0p-78780c.html

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    Firefighters Struggle With Station Closings

    Firefighters Struggle With Station Closings

    By Jeremy Olshan

    May 23, 2003, 7:00 PM EDT


    Like a family that has just lost the farm to foreclosure, scores of city firefighters went into the weekend trying to figure out what to do with the contents of three firehouses to be shuttered Sunday.

    Some were arranging to place their TV sets, exercise equipment and other personal belongings into storage until they sort out their new world.

    At Engine Co. 278 in Sunset Park, firefighters were talking about their last supper as a company on Saturday night. They hadn't decided on a menu.

    A large banner outside the firehouse declared: "Stop the Closing of Engine 278." The more poignant sign was inside the house. "Is the door locked?"

    Four of the six firefighting units to be shut down by the city as it grapples to close its budget deficit are in Brooklyn. One is is Queens and one in Manhattan.

    The Sunset Park firehouse will not be closed altogether, since Battalion 40 will remain in the building for now, although staffing amounts to a single battalion chief and his driver at any given time.

    Two other affected firehouses will also remain open because they have another unit there. The three scheduled for total closure are Brooklyn's Engine 204 in Cobble Hill and Engine 212 in Greenpoint and Engine 36 in Harlem.

    "The firefighters are frustrated. They're lashing out at the union big-time," said John Kelly, Brooklyn trustee for the Uniformed Firefighters Association. "They somehow think the union is responsible for this. They don't understand."

    Firefighters likened the shutdowns to the break-up of a family. Official orders were supposed to go out Friday night telling firefighters where to report for work Sunday morning.

    A judge hearing a suit seeking to halt the closings had suggested that the city keep Engine Co. 261 in Astoria open because there were flaws in how the affected neighborhoods were notified.

    But the city said late Friday that the unit would be closed as scheduled, but the house would remain open because it is also quarters for Ladder Co. 116.

    "After carefully considering the court's suggestion that the city re-evaluate the propriety of the notice... the city has determined it will go forward with its plans to close the company," the city corporation counsel said in a statement.

    The statement said the city would expand on its legal reasoning at a hearing Wednesday before Justice James Starkey in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

    Jeremy Olshan is a freelance writer. Staff writer William Murphy contributed to this story.


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    City To Close Engine Company 261, With Five Others, On Sunday

    City To Close Engine Company 261, With Five Others, On Sunday

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