Bloomberg Vows To Keep List Of Fire House Closings A Secret

Unions, City Council Rage, Say They Will Call For FoIA Request

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 fire companies took an ugly turn on Monday. He wants to keep the list of closures a secret.

The City Council is now vowing legal action, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Angry firefighters and community leaders took to the steps of City Hall to protest Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 fire companies.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Demonstrators Say Every Second Saves A Life

“The mayor needs to come out and identify communities that he thinks don’t need their local fire houses because I’m pretty damn sure they know they do,” Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy said.

“For this administration to threaten to close 20 fire companies now as we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is a disgrace,” Cassidy added. “All New Yorkers should pick up the phone, call the speaker of the City Council and say no to fire house closings.”

The problem is the mayor is refusing to identify the firehouses he wants to close, apparently to limit public outrage, and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano stonewalled the City Council, admitting, believe it or not, that he has the list but they can’t have it.

“The deputy mayor has a list that, ah, that we will close,” Cassano said.

That set off fireworks with angry Council members charging they won’t blindly approve drastic cuts to emergency services.

“The people in the communities throughout the city, those 20 Council districts deserve to know where the fire companies are,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said.

“When response time goes up you’re talking about loss of property and loss of life,” Councilman James Vacca said last month.

The battle escalated, with council members saying they will take legal action — a Freedom of Information Request — to force the mayor to fork over the names of fire companies on death row.

“I’m directing my attorney on my staff to do a Freedom of Information Act request and have it hand delivered to the Bloomberg administration, Deputy Mayor Goldsmith for a copy of the list,” Councilman Dominic Recchia said.

“Shouldn’t we at this point just subpoena this information? I mean we’re here year after year doing that,” Councilman Daniel Halloran said.

A mayoral spokesman said that even though there is “list” — there is no “final” list.

It remains unclear if the mayor will give the Council the information or, as Councilman Halloran suggested, they will have to subpoena it.

The proposed closures would take effect July 1.

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  1. Wolf says:

    Government for the people by the people??? I guess things changed. On major decisions such as fire teachers, close fire houses, reduce police force… all the essential public service agency paid for by the public… these major decisions should be put before the public in town meeting forums and let the public be a part of the decisions. These decisions are not just paid for out of tax payor dollars… close or stop wrong decisions and the public tax payor pays with life, education (or lack of)… wake up government and serve the people who pay the taxes. Protests can happen in America too.

  2. efd499 says:

    Stop smoking that FUNNY STUFF idiot!

  3. efd499 says:

    This guy is a big baby. Public taxes paid for these services and now the public demands accountability and correct answers to these important issues!!!!!

  4. RODIN says:

    THE DAY THIS POS DIES IM THROWING CEREMONIAL FEAST

  5. JOE FOR MAYOR AND GOV OF BERMUDA says:

    HE CLOSES DOWN FIRE HOUSES BECAUSE THEY DONT GIVE TICKETS LIKE HIS COPS DO BECAUSE THEY NEED NEW CARS EVERY YEAR BUY THEM NEW BIKES THE FIREMEN GO TO CAR ACCIDENTS AND HIGH RISE BUILDINGS THAT NEED MANY FIRE STATIONS. CUT WELFARE GO TO WORK. LET MIKES BERMUDA HOME BURN AND THEN HELL SEE HOW IT FEELS HE DONT CARE ABOUT NO ONE

    1. Louis Chassis says:

      I think Bloomgerg is confusing NYC,with his business and he needs to step out or get impeached.
      43 minutes ago · LikeUnlike.

    2. Louis Chassis says:

      Maybe he needs a raise.From the dollar that he gets as a sallery, he should get $1.25 raise. Maybe he works more better. I mean 25 cents goes a long way, I dont know thats what I say.

  6. jimbo says:

    Doofberg! Bloomin idiot!

  7. THE BLOOMBERG FAN CLUB says:

    WELL IF FIREHOUSES ARE TO BE CLOSED,THEY SHOULD BE CLOSED IN THE UNDESIRABLE PARTS OF BKLYN,QUEENS BRONX AND SI. WE THE INFLUENTIAL WOULDNT STAND FOR IT.

  8. Rugbyball says:

    I can’t believe the idiots who voted him back in after all he did, ignoring the voters will to term limits that they voted on and passed, TWICE. That’s almost criminal and incredibly pompous of him, he refused Rudy to stay on as mayor during our crisis of 9/11, and he says he had to extend term limits because NYC needed him in this time of economic uncertainty. Who the HECK voted for him!!!?? This bum needs to go home, with his silver spoon in his re¢tum!

  9. lou fein says:

    if bloomberg didn’t have to tell taxpayers where he was vacationing during the blizzard, why should he have to tell them which communities would be in danger should their homes go on fire?

  10. Bob says:

    Bloomberg is an idiot.

  11. VF says:

    I didn’t know this was a communist city, why keep a secret from the tax payers! We pay and then we don’t get any information?

    What is this? Mr. Bloomberg, this is clearly a lack of Responsibility and disrespect to the tax payers.

  12. VF says:

    It’s simple, it City Hall burns, do not send any firemen.

  13. stephi says:

    King Mike at it again. To hell with the people. Close down his office. The dollar a year he gets is too much.

  14. karlson says:

    How long before Bloomberg is impeached?

  15. FELLA, an old retired FIREMAN says:

    If firemen did their jobs as good as our political leaders did theirs we would have no trust or respect from those we serve. We would have burned the world down and killed everyone in it a very long time ago.

    1. efd499 says:

      Thank you for your dedication FELLA, sincerely.

  16. jme says:

    Let’s face it – our country has to give billions to that cesspool of a country Pakistan while we ourselves are almost bankrupt.

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  19. James says:

    Really?? Bet you wouldn’t say this if it was your house on fire, or someone you cared about…

    1. mary w says:

      Come on. That guy is kidding about loss of life…so be it.

      What is our moral obligation when it comes to saving lives?
      What Would Jesus Cut?

  20. nyc says:

    All the city has to do to raise funds immediatly is to fine the employers that are paying Illegal immigrants off the books !! Must be one million plus Illegals working off the books ,easy !! Big money. Bloomberg shouldn’t care at this stage if it’s not politically correct !

  21. gilly says:

    If I had know he was in favor of gay marriage I would have never voted for him and sure as hell wont when he comes up for re election

    1. Jojo says:

      @gilly, what does your comment have to due with this article?

    2. tony says:

      gilly,

      This is his last term. He is done that is why he is doing this tom foolery.

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