According to the Brooklyn Eagle, last Wednesday the Fire Department released a list of 20 proposed fire company closings to the City Council, eight of which are in Brooklyn. Potential closures in Southwestern Brooklyn include Engine Company 284 at 1157 79th Street in Dyker Heights and Ladder Company 161 at 2929 West Eighth Street in Coney Island.
Council members Gentile and Recchia are both quoted in the Eagle article opposing the fire company closings on the basis that it would endanger the lives of residents in each of their respective districts. Councilman Vincent Gentile told the Eagle “No price is worth sacrificing the safety of the men, women and children who rely on Engine 284 for protection. As budget negotiations continue, I’ll fight to make sure the Mayor shares the priorities of Dyker Heights and south (sic) Brooklyn.” Domenic Recchia went on record to point out the large number of high rise apartment buildings in the area surrounding Ladder Company 161. Its closure would potentially put his constituents, many of whom live on upper floors, in danger.
Councilman Recchia represents District 47, which includes Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, as well as part of Bensonhurst. He also serves as Chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee.
Councilman Gentile represents District 43, which includes Bay Ridge, as well as parts of Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst.