Our Lives Are Not Bargaining Chips!

By: Lucretia Regina-Potter

Closing firehouses may be another strategy for politicians to save some money.  This also has to be one of the most despicable and deplorable acts by any politician to accomplish such an objective. It is despicable because it does not take into account the lives of people that may be jeopardized if they are caught in a fire that unfortunately occurs quite often in our city.

As the Republican District Leader of the 49th Assembly District, I am strongly opposed to such an immoral way of gambling with human lives, especially when one of the twenty proposed selected firehouses slated to be closed serves my community in the 49th Assembly District, notably the “Castle On The Hill” 284, located in Dyker Heights.

Some politicians may use this issue to grandstand and to bring attention to themselves. What we want to see is not talk, letters or blogs written about this issue, but ACTION, so that we will not be deprived of vital and essential services to our community.

Such grandstanding took place with the closure of Victory Memorial Hospital quite recently. Everyone seemed to be on board with keeping the only hospital in our area with emergency services open, and instead it was closed down. The millions needed to keep Victory Memorial Hospital open were conveniently “found” and appropriated to other hospitals in Brooklyn outside of our community.

Our community now has no local hospital and the future of keeping a vital firehouse functioning in our area is in jeopardy. What’s next? The closure of our local police stations and more schools? The removal of Sanitation services? What are our local elected politicians trying to do to us and the community we live in? We are NOT second class citizens and we demand to be treated with the highest respect and concern for our safety and well-being. We pay one of the highest tax rates in the City of New York in our area and we are constantly and consistently getting short-changed!

The message to our local laisser-faire politicians is that our community will NOT accept less than what we are entitled to and rightfully deserve!