By: Betty Nguyen , Veronica Rosario Posted at 8:45 AM, Aug 21, 2020and last updated 2:13 PM, Aug 21, 2020
NEW YORK — As New York City continues to recover from the full impact COVID-19 had on the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is considering laying off "hundreds" of FDNY Emergency Medical Services workers. Lt. Anthony Almojera has worked as a paramedic for 17 years and also serves as the vice president of the FDNY EMT Union. He spoke to PIX11 and criticized the mayor for thinking to lay off front-line workers. Almojera said of the 4,200 members in the force, about 400 are potentially going to get laid off, particularly EMTs and medics. "In the city's darkest moments, we were the ones shining the light to give them hope," he said. Almojera also called out the mayor's mismanagement, adding that laying off hundreds is "really a slap in the face."