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FDNY Boasts More Minority Applicants

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The FDNY said nearly half of the applicants for its new exam are minorities as the department continues its efforts to recruit and attract a more diverse force.

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Firefighters Disappointed Over Exclusion from 9/11 Ceremony

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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New York City firefighters said they're disappointed the city isn't making room for them at this Sunday's ceremony honoring the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The mayor's office said due to space constraints at the newly-opened Memorial Plaza, the priority is to accommodate victims' families, and that first responders can gather in neighboring Zuccotti Park.

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The Empire

Turner pats himself on the back for Park51 funding protest; Weprin gets FDNY union backing

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jerry Sullivan addresses the press with Chief Dolan, left, and a supporter at today's protest. (Arun Venugopal / WNYC)

Late yesterday morning I received this in an email about a protest today.

FURIOUS NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS AND OFFICERS  AND 9/11 FAMILY MEMBERS WILL DEMAND THAT NO TAXPAYER MONEY GO IN TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF GROUND ZERO MOSQUE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 22ND  AT 12 NOON OUTSIDE ST. PAUL'S  CHURCH YARD AT THE CORNER  OF CHURCH AND VESEY  STREETS IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN.

The funds in question were part of a $17 million Federal block grant the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation received. Last September LMDC announced it was accepting applications from "not-for-profit and government organizations engaged in cultural or community programs or projects that benefit the residents, workers, and communities of Lower Manhattan."

In November 2010, Park51 announced it was applying for a portion of the funds on its website:

Park51 has applied for a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation grant which would in part fund social service programs for all the residents of Lower Manhattan such as domestic violence prevention, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services.

There were a few notes in the press at the time. As LMDC has not official announced who will be receiving the funds, there isn't any specific, recent event that might trigger renewed interest in the subject. Except. of course, for Republican Bob Turner's congressional race out in Queens.

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WNYC News

FDNY Commissioner Cassano Defends Hiring Practices

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano defended the department's hiring practices against claims of discrimination on Tuesday when he testified for more than two hours in Federal Court in Brooklyn.  

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Judge to Decide How City Should Recruit More Black Firefighters

Monday, August 01, 2011

A Brooklyn federal judge is set to begin hearing evidence Monday to decide what steps the city should take to recruit more black firefighters.

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Sign-Up for New FDNY Exam Could Begin Within Days

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Registration for the new FDNY entrance exam could begin within a matter of days, according to the New York City Law Department.

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Judge Says Appointee Should Handle FDNY Claims Process Following Discrimination Suit

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A federal judge who deemed the FDNY's entrance exam racially-discriminatory has issued new guidelines to speed up a claims process that could provide compensation for thousands of fire department candidates who allege discriminatory hiring practices.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Closing Firehouses

Monday, June 06, 2011

Joe Flood, author of The Fires: How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City-and Determined the Future of Cities, discusses how the city chose which firehouses to close, and the budget pressures and battles over the FDNY.

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Stucknation: Cutting, but Not Rethinking, the FDNY

Monday, May 23, 2011

Almost a decade after the September 11th attacks, which led to the deaths of 343 local firefighters, federal and state budget makers are cutting support for local fire departments. Thousands of firefighters have lost, or are losing their jobs.

In New York City, faced with billions in cuts from the federal and state governments, the Bloomberg administration is contemplating the closure of 20 fire companies. 

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WNYC News

Mayor Defends Plan to Shutter Fire Companies

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood behind his plan to close 20 fire companies saying firefighting has advanced over the years, and that modern technology in building construction and the proliferation of sprinklers means the city will survive with fewer firefighters.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Has the Most FDNY Companies Facing the Ax

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Bloomberg Administration on Wednesday released the names of 20 fire companies the mayor is considering closing to help close the city's budget gap. The document given to the City Council lists eight closings in Brooklyn, four in Queens, three each in the Bronx and Manhattan and two in Staten Island.

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FDNY Budget Tango: Council Asks 'Where's the List?'

Monday, May 16, 2011

On Monday, New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano told a City Council panel that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to cut 20 fire companies would negatively impact every Council district.

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FDNY Cuts Prove a Major City Council Flash Point

Monday, May 16, 2011

New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano told a City Council panel Monday that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to cut 20 fire companies will negatively impact every single council district. He blamed both federal and state cut backs.

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FDNY to Obey Traffic Laws, Cut Siren for Some Responses in Expanded Program

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The FDNY is expanding a program that requires firefighters to follow traffic laws, operate at reduced speeds and turn off lights and sirens when responding to certain non-life threatening emergencies to Brooklyn and Staten Island after a successful pilot program in Queens.

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WNYC News

Voodoo Candles Blamed for Deadly Five-Alarm Blaze in Brooklyn

Friday, February 25, 2011

A fatal five-alarm fire that tore through a Flatbush, Brooklyn, apartment building last Saturday was caused by candles used in a voodoo ceremony, according to a FDNY officials.

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Staffing Cuts Hindered FDNY Response, Claims Union

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A fire that raged through a Brooklyn building Saturday and claimed the life of a 64-year-old woman has fueled the union's claims that staffing cuts put the public at risk -- even though the FDNY said manpower wasn't a factor in the fatal blaze.

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Stucknation: 911 Off the Hook

Monday, February 14, 2011

Almost a decade after the attacks of September 11th the nation's most essential emergency local lifeline -- 911 -- remains a local patchwork of antiquated technology vulnerable to failure when people need it most.

In 2010 the Congressional Research Service reported the nation's underlying 911 local call systems "operate exclusively on an analog technology using an architecture of circuits and switches" that date back to when ATT was the "regulated monopoly providing most of the nation's phone service."

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Bloomberg: If FDNY Doesn't Cut Staff, City Will Close Firehouses

Monday, January 31, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that the city will need to close firehouses if the FDNY doesn't make staff cuts at 60 engine companies. A deal that allows five firefighters, rather than four at those companies, expired on Monday — and the city does not plan to renew it.

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WNYC News

Firefighters' Union Set to Take Legal Action to Snuff Staff Cuts

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The firefighters union plans to take legal action to prevent the city from cutting staff at 60 engine companies next month, claiming reducing personnel at some of the city's busiest companies would put the public at risk.

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FDNY on Collision Course With Insurers Over "Crash Tax"

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fire officials continued to defend the so-called "crash tax" proposal that would charge at-fault drivers up to $490 when emergency crews had to respond to traffic accidents as insurers fumed over the fee.

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