Quinn Quiet on Firehouses
May 6th, 2009
At her pre-stated press conference today, Council Speaker Christine Quinn did not take sides on the mayor’s plan to decrease the amount of firefighters on about 64 engines — a proposal the Firefighters Union is stiffly opposing.
In his executive budget released last week, the mayor has suggested lowering the amount of firefighters from five to four on 64 engines in the city. The city would not layoff any fire fighters, but would redistribute positions through attrition. The union has balked at the idea.
If it’s not done, the mayor has said, the only alternative would be to close 16 companies, which the City Council will likely oppose.
When asked about the proposal today, Quinn said, “That’s an issue my colleagues and I on the budget negotiating team will discuss… I want to avoid negotiating each and every one of them in the press.”
Budget hearings are scheduled to start next week at the council.
What might have drawn the most attention today at City Hall was the honoring of feminist icon Gloria Steinem. When Steinem entered the speaker’s press conference this afternoon, Quinn thanked her for all the work she has done for women’s rights.
“I am lucky enough to be the first woman and the first openly LGBT speaker of the City Council,” said Quinn. “There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be in this position if it weren’t for the decades of work and bravery as it related to both women and the LGBT community and creating a connection to the struggle of both.”
Steinhem’s honoring and visit was pegged on her 75th birthday, which was actually in March.By Courtney Gross on May 6, 2009, 1:24 pm
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