Layoffs looming for NYC firefighters

2 fire unions announced they are planning legal action to prevent FDNY from cutting staffing

By David Seifman
The New York Post

NEW YORK — Mayor Bloomberg warned yesterday that interference by the courts in the city's budget process is forcing him to speed up issuing pink slips — an hour before two fire unions announced they were planning legal action to prevent the Fire Department from cutting staffing.

"We're under great pressure here," declared the mayor, still fuming at court rulings that spared 200 carpenters in the municipal hospital system in September and nine deputy sheriffs at the Finance Department two weeks ago.

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