Fire Station Closed...Mayor Surprised.
Mayor learns of fire station closing by reading about it
(Endicott-AP) -- The mayor of an upstate village opened up the
newspaper the other morning to learn that one of the village's two
fire stations had been closed.
Endicott Mayor Michael Colella says it was news to him.
Colella tells a Binghamton radio station (W-N-B-F) that neither
he nor the fire chief had authorized the closing.
The mayor says he read about it in the newspaper like everyone
The surprise fire station shutdown happened after Colella sent
the chief a memo directing him to control mounting overtime costs.
But Colella insisted he didn't understand why the station was
closed. He's ordered it re-opened.
Fire department staffing has been a big political issue in the
cash-strapped village near Binghamton. Last spring, the mayor
proposed eliminating 20 of the 40 firefighting positions. The
village board chose to cut only four positions.
(Bob Joseph, WNBF, Binghamton)
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
There must be more to this....anyone in New York got the poop?