OFF THE RAILS: NYC Paramedics, First Responders Told De Blasio to ‘Cut 400 Positions’ from Agencies

posted by Hannity Staff

The same medical workers, first responders, and paramedics who responded to New York’s tragic Coronavirus pandemic were told by union leaders this week to prepare for 400 lay-offs from the De Blasio administration.

“The head of New York City’s emergency medical services union said Wednesday that the city is preparing to lay off hundreds of its members as the budget crisis grows during the coronavirus pandemic,” reports NBC News. Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS Local 257, blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration for the expected fallout.”

“Even with the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 looming and two recent outbreaks in Brooklyn, Bill de Blasio and his team at City Hall wants to balance the city’s budget on our backs, eliminating some 400 emergency medical responder positions and placing every New Yorker’s life at risk,” he said in a statement.

“To be clear: City Hall does not want these layoffs to happen, but this is the hole we are in without a stimulus or borrowing authority,” said De Blasio’s press secretary. “Our EMTs and firefighters save lives every day and we are working with their unions to find personnel savings to avoid layoffs, but unfortunately all agencies will face layoffs.”

“Yesterday, we were praised as heroes, essential workers saving lives,” Barzilay said. “Today, the city government treats us like zeros. New Yorkers who lived through this deadly pandemic know otherwise.”

Read the full report at NBC News.