Firehouses Facing Heat

NY Post - November 25, 2009

by Sally Goldenberg

New York - The city's fire commissioner yesterday left open the possibility of shuttering firehouses as a cost-saving measure next year potentially kicking off a battle with City Council members and union leaders who oppose the move.

Outgoing Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said that he won't suggest shutting any of New York's 221 firehouses for the remainder of the current budget year, which ends next June 20. But he wouldn't make the same promise for the following budget year, which begins July 1, 2010. "I'm not going to speculate on an issue like that," he said after a hearing on the FDNY's performance.