65-2 #24 April 28, 2006

A Public Apology For Nick Scoppetta

The UFA Executive Board would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the membership on behalf of Fire Commissioner Nick Scoppetta. In his response to the NY Post’s seething editorial entitled “FDNY Foolishness,” published April 23rd, the Commissioner makes a number of erroneous statements in yesterday’s NY Post - Letters Section.

The Commissioner refers to the incident in December where FF Joe Moore was seriously injured after being hurled from an 18-year old tower ladder. However, the Commissioner refers to Moore by the name “James.” Given the track record of his administration in accepting responsibility for their mistakes, we would like to apologize to the members assigned to 22 / 13 and the Moore Family on his behalf.

He also mentions the faulty rig assigned to Ladder 19 but conveniently leaves out that the aerial would not rise when called upon to do so at a fire. Instead, he refers to a firefighter being in no danger at the time of the malfunction.

Sorry Commissioner, but if a company’s assigned aerial ladder fails to work properly at a fire due to the Department’s negligence, then Firefighters are in danger.

As always, stay safe.

Fraternally.

Stephen J. Cassidy
President

Joseph A. Miccio
Recording Secretary