Assemblymember Joan L. Millman and Councilman Bill de Blasio Oppose Sale of Engine 204

Elected officials hold press conference to protest sale of historic firehouse Cobble Hill
November 8, 2006
Brooklyn, NY- Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and Councilman Bill DeBlasio held a press conference October 25 to oppose the potential sale of Engine 204 in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.

The neighborhood elected officials highlighted that the recent onslaught of residential development in the area has increased the need for safety services since the firehouse was closed in 2003. They also noted that the firehouse, dating back to 1855, is an important historic resource and should be evaluated by the Landmark Preservation Commission prior to any potential sale or re-development by the City.

"The population is booming in this area. The sale of Engine 204 makes no sense. It is an important resource and essential to the safety of our growing community" said Councilmember Bill de Blasio, organizer of the event.

"The sale of Engine 204 demonstrates a permanent lack of commitment to protecting the safety of residents in Cobble Hill," said Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman. "At a time when Downtown Brooklyn's population is booming and local businesses are thriving, we continue to need the protection of New York's Bravest. It was my fear that the FDNY would never return and now that fear is confirmed."

The elected officials were joined by Firefighter Union Officials and local residents.