Firefighters in Edison Township, NJ have filed suit against the township alleging that staffing cuts are endangering citizens. The suit, which was filed in Superior Court in New Brunswick on Friday, October 29, 2010, alleges that the cuts constitute an abuse of power and violate local law.
The firefighter’s union president Robert Yackel, who took on the previous township administration himself in a freedom of speech lawsuit in Federal court, has been vocal about the closing of an engine company and the reduction of staffing from 22 to 20 firefighters per shift. Yackel was quoted as saying “What’s especially troubling is that these decisions aren’t being made by fire department brass or even elected officials who live in Edison. They are coming from the business administrator’s office”.