Crowley Statement on Fire Charges
January 14th, 2011
But what does Fire and Criminal Justice Services Chair Elizabeth Crowley have to say?
Here is her statement delivered at the Fire Department’s hearing on the issue today.
By Courtney Gross on January 14, 2011, 12:15 pm
“Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule which would impose a schedule of charges for Fire Department motorist services, which is before you for consideration at today’s hearing.
In the City Council, I Chair the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the New York City Fire Department. Our first responders not only fight fires and save lives, but also respond to the needs of motorists on the city’s roadway accidents.
One of government’s most important responsibilities is to keep people safe—that is why we allocate taxpayer money to our emergency services. To raise revenue by charging New Yorkers deemed to be at fault in auto accidents is unreasonable, misguided and a simple case of double-dipping. New Yorkers already pay for this service by means of taxes on their income and property. The FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano considers these charges as a “fee” for service but let’s call this “fee” for what it really is: a double tax.
If the FDNY starts charging for emergency response to motorist accidents, what will they charge for next? Will there be fees for putting out house fires? We cannot begin to go down this dangerous road; therefore, I respectfully request that you withdraw this proposal from consideration.”
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