The issues in that 911-reponse report are really about union tensions, Bloomberg says

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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.

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"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."