Her comparison of Mayor Bloomberg’s intention to allow the
FDNY to bill drivers involved in accidents to the Emperor Nero’s tax on urine
collectors may sound grotesque.According to history, Nero’s son complained about the gross nature of
that tax.A gold coin was held high
before him and a voice of authority stated: “This doesn’t stink.”
Well, my friends, if we hold Mayor Bloomberg’s plan up to
the light, it does stink.
It stinks that people who need help may not call for help.
It stinks that anyone injured in a car accident where the
car goes on fire would have to worry if he or she has an extra $415 in the bank
before calling the FDNY for help.
It stinks that under-privileged New Yorkers could decide to
leave the scene of an accident just to avoid paying a $490 ‘crash’ tax.
It stinks that the number of hit and runs could go up.
It stinks that taxi drivers and truck drivers would have new
worries added to their already difficult lives.
It stinks that fender benders where the drivers (thankfully)
have no injuries and are reported by a third party could cost drivers $365 for
the ambulance that shows up.
It stinks that needy New Yorkers may vow to never call 911
again even in the case of medical emergency because of this preposterous plan.
The men and women who work in New York’s firehouses, drive
emergency vehicles and respond to accidents are our heroes and heroines.
It stinks to think that Mayor Michael Bloomberg could
exploit the relationship between New York’s Bravest and New York residents by
sending a bill from the FDNY to accident victims.
It stinks that our Mayor or anyone could even think of
pitting emergency care workers – our heroes and heroines – against the public.
Back to Ms. Molloy’s reference to Nero … we’ve all heard the
expression: “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.”
Let’s hope that Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not take up the
fiddle anytime soon.