ALBANY, NY — June 21, 2012 — Yonkers Fire-Local 628 has launched a television ad campaign urging residents and business owners to call Mayor Mike Spano’s office and demand that no further cuts be made to the fire department.
Mayor Mike Spano is proposing to leave 30 firefighter positions vacant which would still cause a depletion of manpower in an already understaffed department. This ongoing manpower shortage would have a negative effect on the department’s ability to respond to emergencies. Firefighters are also upset that the mayor has been claiming an abuse of sick leave, when in fact the vast majority of firefighters out on injury leave incurred those serious injuries in the line of duty.
The 30 second spot (http://yonkerstribune.typepad.com/yonkers_tribune/2012/06/local-628-yonkers-firefighters-1.html), which shows the various types of public safety functions performed by firefighters is being run on the Yonkers Tribune. These include fighting structure fires, dealing with downed electrical wires, medical emergencies including heart attacks, hazardous material cleanups and car accidents. “There has been a lot of misinformation being spread by the city administration and we have to counter it and make sure that the public is made aware of the truth,” said Barry McGoey, president of Yonkers Fire –Local 628.