Fort Hamil­ton Army Base to be Emer­gency Re­sponse Com­mand Cen­ter

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - Edited by: JV Staff

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.

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