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Volunteer firehouse in Edgewater Park gets renovation plan back on track

Nearly 10 years after Superstorm Sandy tore through New York City, a Bronx community continues to work to salvage history and keep the community afloat.

News 12 Staff

Oct 18, 2022, 9:48 AM

Updated 612 days ago

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Nearly 10 years after Superstorm Sandy tore through New York City, a Bronx community continues to work to salvage history and keep the community afloat.
"When an emergency comes to hand, when seconds count, minutes are the difference between life and death," says Deputy Chief Joseph Raneri.
The Edgewater Fire Department is the only volunteer firehouse in the Bronx and a staple for the 675 homes in the Edgewater Park community. Ten years after Superstorm Sandy, they're getting back on their feet.
Years ago, the department says the state promised $2.5 million for upgrades at the fire department, but residents tell News 12 that funding was halted. So, they started to fix up the station themselves.
However, Second Vice President of Edgewater Park Owners Cooperative Ron Rauch says Assemblymember Michael Benedetto and Councilwoman Marjorie Velazquez called on Gov. Kathy Hocuhl to step in. That renovation plan that was started years ago is now back on track.
Deputy Chief Raneri says this is a step forward, but the funding needs to continue to come in for the department that's been a savior through storms and other community needs.


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