Demands Action on Re-Building of Fire Station 1
YONKERS, NY — October 12, 2017 — Mike Khader, Democratic candidate for Yonkers City Council President, today held a press conference with Yonkers firefighters of IAFF – Local 628 as he accepted their endorsement and demanded answers about the construction of their new firehouse in Southwest Yonkers, slated to replace Fire Station #1 that was condemned in 2015. The site of the new firehouse was cleaned this summer, but there is no confirmed construction timeline. As a result, there is concern that without the city making the project a priority, it could take two years to complete, leaving southwest Yonkers without a firehouse for over four years.
The press conference was held at the site of the condemned fire house, across the street from the lot designated for the new fire house.
“I stand with our firefighters and pledge to be a leader that serves them. We need a City Council president who makes it a priority to get this project completed – it’s literally a matter of life and death. It’s a matter of life and death for the people who live here in Southwest Yonkers as well as our Firefighters who protect them. As City Council President, Liam McLaughlin is failing to lead on the issues that truly matter and directly impact the lives and safety of taxpayers,” said Khader. “The job of the Council President is to work inside City Hall as the people’s’ advocate, and Liam just isn’t getting the job done. Our first responders and the hard working families they protect deserve better.”
“We greatly appreciate Mike Khader’s support for this project. It comes at time when our city government has been slow to respond, and Mike is proving that he is a man of action, who will stand up for the community and our Firefighters. This fire station will have a vital place in southwest Yonkers for years to come and we want to see it start serving these neighborhoods,” said Fire Fighters Local 628 President Barry McGoey.
“It’s time to move our firefighters out of their relocated headquarters on the east side of Yonkers, five blocks from Liam McLaughlin’s house, back to southwest Yonkers where they belong,” concluded Khader.
Mike Khader is the endorsed Democratic candidate for Yonkers City Council President.