10:39 am Apr. 6, 2012
On Monday, the New York Post reported that the Bloomberg administration was sitting on a potentially damaging report on its new, consolidated 911-call-response system, which is overbudget and behind schedule. Among other things, the report is said to have found that the new system has increased, rather than decreased call-response times.
Today, during his regular appearance on WOR Radio's John Gambling show, the mayor was asked about it.
"If you needed an ambulance, a fire truck, or engine, and a police car, it used to be two and a half calls, OK," Bloomberg said. "Today, it's a lot better. Is it totally combined yet? No, but we're getting closer and working in that direction."
The mayor said the whole dispute is rooted in union tensions.
"These guys don't want to take the other guys' job or do the same thing as the other guy, and there's a lot of pride, and that's what this is all about," said Bloomberg. "And the working paper that some outside consultant looked at, you know, we'll read it. You can't take a working paper that nobody's really checked the facts or anything and just put it out, because all of a sudden everybody believes that's the truth. When we have a final report, we'll get it out there."
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