Leadership

A BAD PROPOSITION FOR THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Issue 20 and Volume 20.

A BAD PROPOSITION FOR THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT. ONE of the possible changes involved in the charter of the Greater New York, which will be submitted to the next legislature, will be giving the control of the police and fire departments to the board of aldermen instead of keeping them subject to statutory regulations from Albany, as is now the case. Where officials of these two departments are to be regarded, the pay is to be increased, the force enlarged, or other change made, such relief is asked from the legislature; but hereafter it is proposed, applications for such measures shall be made to the board of aldermen or councilmen in the Greater New York. Such a preposterous alteration ought never to be conceived. Should it come into force, we have no hesitation in predicting that the fire department of the city will deteriorate into a mere political mill,…

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