A pictorial reminder of the budgetary priorities of NYC in regards to its emergency and municipal workers.
From the NY Times,
"The starting salaries of firefighters, currently $36,878, will drop to $25,100 for a 13-week period when firefighters train in the Fire Academy, and then increase to $32,700. Those salaries will rise to a maximum base of $63,309, up from $54,048."
So after three months firefighters make $32,700, opposed to the $25,100 cops and $26,000 garbage men start off at.
While I am all for firefighting and appreciate their role as emergency first responders, police cannot be kept at the bottom of the totem pole for long before the record crime lows in NY start creeping up again.