2002-12-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Bravest Caught In Flames of Controversy

Bravest Caught In Flames of Controversy

Last week’s edition of The Wave featured a one-on-one interview with City Councilman Joe Addabbo discussing budget cuts and the impact they will have on the city. Addabbo stated that he and the council were able to negotiate with the Mayor to keep several firehouses from closing down. After the paper hit the newsstands, it did not take long for the Bloomberg Administration to switch it’s position and announce that 8 firehouses would definitely be shut down. "I am incensed that the Administration has pulled an about face on the council and the public," said Addabbo during a phone conversation with The Wave this week. "I intend to go to the Mayor, and members of his administration, and let them know that I am not at all happy with this situation. The council is not happy about being duped." Such actions will not bode well for the Mayor. To say that he intends to work with the City Council to save firehouses, and then abruptly switch his position, gives the impression that some sick game is being played with the council and the public. Sadly, all New York’s Bravest can do is sit back and watch the events unfold. The safety of New York City residents is being compromised, and if someone is killed in a fire, in any of the targeted areas, it is a guarantee that Bloomberg will go on to have the worst approval rating of any Mayor in New York City history.

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