Auburn Council Rejects Fire Department State Grant

A state grant for the Auburn Fire Department was rejected Thursday night by the City Council. In a three to two vote, the council said no to the department applying for the Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency and Response grant. Nearly two million dollars would have allowed the department to bring back firefighters furloughed over the summer. Councilor Matt Smith, who was one of three councilors opposed to the grant, tells Finger Lakes News Radio his concern was a lack of oversight.

Smith says the council should look deeper.

Councilors Peter Ruzicka and Bill Graney also gave a no vote. Councilor John Comardo and Mayor Michael Quill voted yes.

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