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Queens Stands Strong for 306 at Rallies

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg released a list of 20 fire companies slated for potential closure as a result of budget cuts, four of which are in Queens.
Bayside area leaders united outside of Engine 306 on 41st Avenue to decry the mayor’s plan to close 20 firehouses citywide, including four in Queens.

Engine 294 at 101-20 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill; Engine 306 at 40-18 214th Place, Bayside; Engine 328 at 16-19 Central Ave., Far Rockaway; and Ladder 128 at 33-51 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside were all on the Mayor’s list for possible closure.

If implemented, the moves could save the City $55 million.

The outcry by local elected officials was nearly instantaneous and unanimously against the shuttering of any fire houses…READ ALL

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Bayside Residents Use Phone Bank To Save 306


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Baysiders concerned about the fate of their local fire company took an hour or so out of their day last week to call their neighbors and urge them to let the mayor know how they feel about his plan to close Engine Co. 306.

Community Board 11 member Tom Meara organized the phone bank and space was donated by the Bourbon Street Cafe for the handful of callers who showed up around noon with their cell phones and community spirit.

“The rallies are good to get the word out there. I wanted to do something different,” Meara said. “The residents hear about it. Now they can get proactive.”

Last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed closing 20 FDNY companies across the city, and since then two rallies have been held outside the Bayside firehouse at the corner of 36th Avenue and 214th Place. CB 11 passed a resolution opposing the closure. READ ALL