Firefighters protest proposed budget cuts and station closure

Firefighters from all over New York State came together May 1 at Syracuse City Hall in the latest call to Mayor Stephanie Miner to stop proposed cuts to the fire department. The proposal, to close one fire station and cut firefightersâ?? shifts, is one widely opposed by the fire fighting community. They see the cuts as potentially putting the people of Syracuse in danger.

Paul Motondo, Vice President of the Local 280, said that he feels the protests have been reaching people. â??Absolutely I feel our efforts are working. The message has gotten out of the need for the safety of the firefighters and the safety of the citizens of Syracuse. The message that we're sending is that it's less safe. It's been acknowledged that it's less safe,â?? Motondo said.

The Syracuse Common Council will vote on the budget on May 8, and Motondo says he hopes that they have reached enough of the council members to help sway the vote.