City Staff Ideas Challenge
#nycspeaks2022 Share your ideas for bold actions the Mayor should take
Semi-finalists selected 05/02/2022 - ?Process phases
No bridge or tunnel tolls for all NYC First Responders within NYC
to keep up with inflation assign EZ-pass to all NYC first responders and avoid loosing more first responders from leaving NYC because of inflation.
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Conversation with Teresa
Yes! NYC EMTs, though they FINALLY received a well-deserved increase - still earn a pretty low salary. They are first responders, often the very first to the scene which is too often volatile! They save lives. They should be awarded an EZ-pass AND as long as not blocking a garage or parked near a fire hydrant, they should NOT be given parking tickets. Some come home in the middle of the night and there is no parking to be found and they certainly cannot afford a garage. Small perks for special people that this City would be at such a loss without.
I definitely agree! One of the most important city services and the most under appreciated (and underpaid).If something is not done they will be forced to find other employment. Tough to raise a family on their wages. No wonder so many EMT’s leave the job in the first few years.
This is a terrible idea. We need to reduce driving, both for public safety (drivers kill or seriously injury thousands of people every year) and for climate change. Take the train like everyone else.
I am a civilian with a city agency, and this would help me so much financially. Driving to work is really my only way to get there and the toll cost me about $200 a month.
Conversation with Jesse Meyerson
Where do first responders get these cars that somehow don't contribute to the wear and tear of roads, tunnels, and bridges? That'd be the real billionaire dollar idea, share your secrets with everyone and all of our road transportation infrastructure can be preserved forever and all of the mixed funding that goes into repairing and replacing it can be used to expand and improve mass transit. This is brilliant, share your magical personal vehicle secrets!
I’m guessing you never needed help from a first responder….one day you’ll be singing a different tune. For your information, heavy trucking accounts for the greatest amount of wear and tear on our roadways not EMT’s in their Toyota's. Take a pill !
Conversation with Adrian Horczak
How would this be implemented? Is this supposed be even when they go on vacation or just for work? Also, first responders are not really charged to cross bridges and tunnels. They are only charged for bringing their cars across. When going to work, leave the car at home and save on tolls.
When an EMT takes their oath they’re on the job 24/7. They carry their emergency equipment in their personal vehicles at all times. Members of my family who are FDNY EMT’s have stopped to aid people on several occasions whether it be a vehicle accident or someone in distress on the streets. Think about it when you’re in need.
We should not incentivize private vehicle use. Instead, the City of New York should provide every city employee with a free MTA Pass
Conversation with Arthur S
If you want the best and brightest to join and remain in NYC rather than leaving or joining the work forces of other tri-state areas then you should do less to frustrate their wallets and appeal to them, not turn them off.
NYC EMT’s have been and will be leaving in droves now that they have been mandated to work 8 hour shifts 5 days a week. 2 additional days of travel expenses added on top of their living expenses . Hard to make ends meet working as a FDNY EMT
I absolutely agree. where are our incentives
I appreciate the efforts you people put in to share blogs on such kind of topics, it was indeed helpful. Keep Posting!
First responders , especially New York City EMT’s are having a really tough time keeping up with inflation. Recently they were mandated to work 5 days a week,8 hour tours(as of February 2023 ) instead of the 12 hour tours that were in place prior to that date. This mandate is almost doubling the amount of tolls that they are paying to get to work (adding 2 more travel days a week) EMT’s are paid at a very low scale compared to other city first responders and the small raise they received doesn’t even cover the additional tolls they are paying. When you’re life is on the line you can depend on FDNY EMT’s. They’re on the job. 24/7 with life saving equipment in their personal vehicle’s whenever they’re needed. Green vehicles get a discount? DOESN’T MAKE SENSE!
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