Grodenchik announces $75,000 grant for Glen Oaks firehouse

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City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), joined by state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), announced an allocation of $75,000 to Engine 251 of the New York City Fire Department for a new overhead door for the station house.

Grodenchik visited the station house — located at 254-20 Union Turnpike in Glendale — Oct. 11 and met with FDNY Queens Chief Edward Bagget to announce the grant.

The upgrade will ensure that residents of eastern Queens will receive continued delivery of high-quality emergency services, according to Grodenchik.

“The firefighters of Engine 251, Battalion 53 deserve an entrance that is safe, functional, and reflective of the critical work that they perform,” said Grodenchik. “Every day, the men and women of this station risk their lives to keep our community safe, and they must have the best possible facilities out of which to operate.”

Weprin extended his gratitude to the local firefighters who respond to fires, medical emergencies, and disasters big and small.

“As New York’s bravest, our firefighters deserve the best,” said Weprin. “Once this project is complete, residents of eastern Queens can rest assured that their local fire house is up to par.”

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

Posted 12:00 am, October 21, 2018
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Bob from Glen Oaks says:
As president of the world’s largest co-op it was my decision for the funding and had to get Barry done.
Oct. 21, 7:47 am
tom from Bellerose says:
A new door, there are so many better ways to waste money, ask the members what they need
Oct. 21, 8:26 am
Jimmy says:
It’s great that firefighters got something needed, but why do community boards have to find grants or dip into their own discretionary funds to fix something the CITY should be repairing in a CITY owned building? It’s ridiculous.
Oct. 22, 11:36 am
Seniorofficer says:
The first question would be: was the original door condemned and in need of replacement? Second: would it have been more cost effective to repair the original door - if in fact, it needed repair and not replacement? Third: The city is building new school buildings, firehouses and police precincts all over the city from the ground up. They needed a GRANT from the City Council to replace a door?.....did diBlasio run out of petty cash?
Oct. 23, 6:57 am

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