Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fayetteville Fire Department Facelift: Vote

Captain John Falgiatano, Fayatteville Fire Department

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. -- At six this morning the polls opened. Four hours later only 40 ballots were cast. But the department says it expects more people to show up after work, to decide the fate of the Fayetteville Fire Department.

If the vote passes, the Fire Department will try to get federal stimulus money to expand and renovate the station. The cost is an estimated $6.45 million.

“Our quarters are very crammed. We have no room for future expansion if we were to add vehicles, add personnel.

Our storage is at a maximum,” lamented Fire Chief John Falgiatano. Only people who live in the Village of Fayetteville are eligible to vote, even though the Fire Department covers parts of Minoa and Manlius.

Each day the fire station responds to an average of nine calls. NCC News reporter Crystal Thune says the firefighters’ hard work does not go unnoticed by the people of Fayetteville.

“I have a scanner at home, so I hear every single call they go out on. And they are busy,” said May Becker, of Fayetteville. The polls close at nine tonight, and by the time a decision is reached, the busy firefighters themselves will have gone down the station’s poll, several times.

NCC News reporter Crystal Thune has a report on the vote:

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