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N.Y. lawmakers call on mayor to resist closing more firehouses


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By ALEC MAGNET
The New York Sun

Armed with a report showing another increase in response times since six city firehouses were shuttered in 2003, three Democratic lawmakers of the Bronx yesterday called on Mayor Bloomberg to resist the idea of closing any more.

Joined by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and City Council Member Oliver Koppel, state Senator Jeff Klein released a report showing that the Fire Department's average response to distress calls increased by six seconds in 2005, following an 11-second jump in 2004, the year after the firehouses were closed.

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