Submitted by ub on Sat, 06/25/2011 - 21:45

It appears that every time it looks like our City Island Ladder Company 53 is going to be eliminated, activists members from our local community save it from the chopping block, but threatening and bullying our citizens is no way to treat City Islanders, Mr. Mayor.

Why do you think that hundreds of City Island residents converged on Ladder 53 at 169 Schofield Street and then again at Lido Restaurant, calling for Ladder Company 53 to remain open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365 days a year?

We are all getting sick and tired of these annual threats of closure under your Executive Budget for the past couple of years.

Thank God for NYC Councilman Jimmy Vacca, who has been our greatest advocate by loudly protesting these unnecessary cuts to the city budget.

City Island’s only search and rescue company must stay open, this year, next year and every year after that. This is not only a quality of life issue, but it is and continues to be a matter of life and death.