NYC To Appeal Fire Dept Discrimination Ruling

NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City will appeal a ruling that has halted the hiring of rookie firefighters amid test-discrimination claims.

Bloomberg says the judge’s suggestion that the city can pay higher-salaried firefighters overtime instead of hiring more rookies is impractical.

Says the mayor: “The taxpayer will spend only so much.” He says other city agencies could suffer as a result.

He spoke Friday on his weekly radio show on WOR.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis found Wednesday that an entry exam used by the mostly white department was unfair to black and Hispanic applicants. He ordered the city to explain why it wanted to hire new firefighters based on what he called an “invalid test.” Lawyers in New York City have promised to fight the decision made by Judge Garaufis to halt the hiring of 300 new firefighters. The hiring freeze was in effect as of Thursday morning.


One Comment

  1. George Scott says:

    The Judge is correct. Special fire companies should consist of ONLY BLACK and LATINO FIREFIGHTERS and be assigned to work in the GHETTO because generally blacks and latinos live in the ghetto.
    White Firefighters should be assigned to firehouses in white areas.
    This way, everyone gets what they deserve, or want.
    Women and Asians should be assigned accordingly.
    Finally, GARAUFIS should be removed from the bench – FOR BEING UNABLE TO SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES !!!!!

  2. Wayne Serbin says:

    This matter could take a long time to settle. If the Appeals Court refused to overturn the District Court ruling, Bloomberg could then appeal to the U>S> Supreme Court.

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