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Thursday, August 16, 2007

News Roundup for Aug. 16

Woodlawn residents are trying to pry loose Fire Department records that indicate whether or not response times have gone up since the Department closed a firehouse in that neighborhood a year ago and moved its units to Wakefield. The city said at the time that it would analyze response times in a year.
The issue was of concern to residents outside of Woodlawn as well, since the Woodlawn units -- Ladder 39 & Engine 63 -- would be the first to respond to an emergency at Croton filtration plant, now under construction in Van Corltandt Park.
Meanwhile, in a move likely to further anger the Woodlawn residents, the city announced yesterday that it was locating a new EMS station at the old Woodlawn firehouse.

Some Soundview residents said they were taken by surprise by the pesticide spraying for West Nile Virus in their community.

South Bronx residents and environmentalists are not happy with the city's seemingly greener method of transporting Bronx waste out of the borough - by rail rather than truck.

The trucking industry had its day in court this morning to protest stricter weight rules on Bronx and other area bridges in wake of the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

Streetsblog wonders why the Henry Hudson Bridge spanning Inwood in Manhattan to Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx will be closed to bicyclists for 3 years, longer that it took to build the bridge itself.


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