Your recent story about the proposed closing of firehouses included the usual comments by the local pandering politicians claiming they should stay open (“Pols: Save Engine 294 and save lives,” May 31, multiple editions).
For example, you quoted City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) saying that “there are too many lives in this community that depend on 294.”
Even better was the quote from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), who said, “You would think in the billions of dollars that make up the city budget they could find some money to save firehouses.”
Might I suggest an option?
Today’s City Council is composed of 51 members, plus all the related staff and infrastructure. Back in 1938 there were 26 members. And the city’s population was within 5 percent of the current number.
Maybe we should take a lesson from history and cut the Council back down to size.