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For Immediate Release: July 9, 2013

New York Firefighters: Bill Thompson is the Candidate with the Integrity to Lead our City

Endorse Thompson for Mayor

Thompson: New York City's bravest risk their lives at a moment's notice - and I'll always protect them as Mayor

New York Firefighters: Bill Thompson is the Candidate with the Integrity to Lead our City Endorse Thompson for Mayor Thompson: New York City's bravest risk their lives at a moment's notice - and I'll always protect them as Mayor

NEW YORK, NY - The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York today praised former City Comptroller Bill Thompson as the candidate with the integrity to lead the city and endorsed his campaign for Mayor. The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) is the largest firefighters union local in the world, representing New York City Firefighters, Fire Marshals, Marine Engineers, Pilots and Wipers.

The endorsement comes as Thompson has led the effort to fix the city's emergency 911 system and make sure first responders have the time and information they need to save lives. Thompson has called for automatically redirecting emergency fire calls to agency dispatchers - helping to deliver an appropriate response and saving precious moments.

Over the past three years, the UFA has seen two of its busiest years in its 148 history. And yet, despite the increased workload, city officials have consistently attacked their budgets and staffing. They have been hit by numerous major staffing cuts since 2003, resulting in the elimination of the 5th firefighter from 60 of the City's busiest engine companies.

“The last 12 years have been the busiest period in FDNY history, as firefighters have been needed to do so much more to protect the city in this post-9-11 world,” said Steve Cassidy, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “New Yorkers need a leader that understands that public safety is the bedrock of a growing economy and vibrant, thriving city. Bill Thompson is the best candidate for New York City’s future. He possesses the experience, integrity and intelligence to lead the greatest city in the world. New York’s Bravest are proud to once again support Bill Thompson to be the next mayor of the City of New York.”

"New York City's Bravest risk their lives at a moment's notice - and I'll always protect them as Mayor," Bill Thompson said. “For years, they haven't just battled fires and emergencies, they've had to battle attacks from city leaders. It's wrong, and as Mayor I will make sure they have the resources to do their jobs safely and professionally."