As unbelievable as it sounds, for the 13th month in a row, response times for the FDNY are up. Figures released Wednesday had October's average response time to a structural fire at 4:43, up from 4:24 during the same period last year. For comparison purposes, the fire department doesn't look at month-to-month statistics because there are seasonal fluctuations in fire activity.

On the plus side, they do say response time "life-threatening medical emergencies" is faster. Good, because when you're lying with burns on the ground next to your ashen building, you'll need the EMS. Of course, the firefighter's union and the FDNY blame each other for the slower times, with the union blaming the cut on engine companies, and the FDNY blaming a member slow down. All this seems like reason enough to get remotes that can change traffic signals.