Fort Hamilton Army Base to be Emergency Response Command Center
City Council Candidate Liam McCabe, the leading Republican in the race to represent the 43rd Council District that includes Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights, recently announced a plan to use Fort Hamilton Army Base as a command center for disaster and emergency response, and counterterrorism through strategies that better connect federal and city resources.
As a City Councilmember, McCabe, because of his experience working in the federal government sector, will be the “missing link” to connect New Yorkers with federal resources for emergency management and response, using the base, located in the 43rd Council District. Fort Hamilton is poised to serve as a staging ground for air rescue, to provide services, and to partner with city and local organizations like CERT, Bravo, and volunteer organizations according to McCabe.
“The Fort Hamilton Army Base is a vibrant and important part of our community,” says McCabe. As a City Councilmember, McCabe plans to create a “network and database of volunteers that could be activated in case of emergency” with central communications and response through Fort Hamilton.
“We have a great federal resource right here in Brooklyn for counterterrorism and disaster response for the entire City of New York,” says McCabe. “I will push the city toward cooperating better with the federal government to make use of this powerful resource.”
McCabe says, “I will make sure that the City Council partners with the city, state and federal government to create a fully functioning command center out of Fort Hamilton using existing federal resources.” According to McCabe, this partnership will go into action in response to emergencies in the coastal region of Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey, New York City.
McCabe says that “while federal resources currently exist,” his plan is to “strengthen the partnership,” to connect with Congressman Donovan, who endorsed McCabe's run for City Council, and to make sure that the safety of the City of New York and its residents is a priority for receiving federal resources and that those resources are “activated and maximized for the good of New Yorkers.”
Liam will use his federal experience to partner the City of New York with the federal government to better respond in times of natural disasters like hurricanes and to support counterterrorism efforts that keep the city safe.
“I have been working with multiple federal agencies for close to a decade,” says Liam, “and between my on the ground experience during Hurricane Sandy and the relationships I have built within the federal government, I am uniquely able to connect Brooklyn with the scope of federal resources that can best serve us during emergencies.”
A plan was announced to use Fort Hamilton Army Base in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn as a command center for disaster and emergency response, and counterterrorism through strategies that better connect federal and city resources.