Submitted by ub on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 19:12

This week Bronx and Manhattan Borough Presidents joined NYC Council Members and approximately two hundred City Islanders to protest the proposed closure of City Island FDNY Ladder 53.

Unfortunately, this is the fourth straight year that a mayoral budget dance has proposed eliminating Ladder 53 on City Island. If this Ladder Company closes, it will take the next-nearest ladder company over ten precious minutes to respond to any emergency. That is if neither one of of those two drawbridges are raised.

That would give City Island the longest first-alarm response time citywide, creating a serious risk for it's thousands of residents living in a community lined with wood-frame homes, marinas, boatyards, and restaurants.

Proposed Closures

L053 169 Schofield Ave. City Island
E004 42 South St. Manhattan
L008 14 North Moore St. Manhattan
E026 220 West 37th St. Manhattan
E046 460 Cross Bronx Expwy. Bronx
E060 341 East 143rd St. Bronx
E306 40-18 214th Place Queens
L128 33-51 Greenpoint Ave. Queens
E294 101-20 Jamaica Ave. Queens
E328 16-19 Central Ave. Queens
E205 74 Middagh St. Brooklyn
E206 1201 Grand St. Brooklyn
E218 650 Hart St. Brooklyn
L104 161 South 2nd St. Brooklyn
E233 25 Rockaway Ave. Brooklyn
E220 530 11th St. Brooklyn
E284 1157 79th St. Brooklyn
L161 2929 W 8th St Brooklyn
E157 1573 Castleton Ave. Staten Island
E161 278 McClean Ave. Staten Island