ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A strong response Friday morning from the Rochester Firefighters Union after Mayor Lovely Warren crashed their meeting Thursday.
The mayor walked in and handed union reps her plan to end the controversial dynamic staffing program, which closes some firehouses on certain days.
The union immediately rejected the proposal and released a statement calling the mayor’s actions “bizarre and uninvited.”
They say she has a a “superficial understanding of the workings of government” and they called her actions a “misguided grandstanding.”
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A representative of Mayor Warren responded to the union’s statement Friday following a press conference on recent violence in the city.
“Let’s be clear, let’s not play games, there’s an offer on the table that the mayor has made that would end dynamic staffing today if Eddie [Santiago] actually believes it threatens public safety, but he knows better, it does not threaten public safety,” said Justin Roj, City of Rochester Director of Communications. “What he’s trying to do is preserve his own position within the union because the firefighters know they’re not well represented by Santiago.”
As of now dynamic staffing is still in place as no agreement has been made between the city and the union.
Full statement from the Rochester Firefighters Union: