FDNY Hiring Roadblock Means Firefighters Working Overtime

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The FDNY has hit a hiring roadblock and that’s leading to a lot of overtime.

FDNY overtime costs are skyrocketing because a federal judge has barred the fire department from hiring a new class of recruits after finding the department’s test is prejudiced against blacks and Hispanics.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports: Bloomberg Says City Working On New Hiring Test

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city could hire, but it’s up to the judge.

“I can’t compel the judge. We can’t even appeal. My recollection is because he’s never made an order final,” said Bloomberg.

The mayor says the city has been reaching out to black and Hispanic candidates, but says the city will not use racial quotas which he says will tear the city apart.

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  1. Dale Auburn says:

    The “bias” isn’t against minorities – it’s against CITY RESIDENTS. The fire and police departments give absolute priority to suburbanites because the unions don’t want their members to actually live among the people they serve and protect.

    1. BF says:

      Dude, you get 5 extra points on the entrance exam if you’re a city resident. Where do you get your info?

  2. Tom says:

    The test in question was created under the watchful eye of the Vulcan society and other black test makers. It’s such a joke that they now say it’s racist!. Stop already with this lousy excuse. Man/woman up and just pass a simple test. And when I say simple I mean SIMPLE.

  3. Bob says:

    Always 2 sides to a story. Read this. It’s pretty good.

  4. Smash Crasher says:

    Why not gives blacks and Hispanics the same opportunities as whites to rip off the public with fabricated overtime, outrageous juiced up pensions and retirement after 20 years only to take another city job so they can continue to rape the taxpayers with TWO pensions.

  5. erin says:

    Can someone please tell what questions only a white person can answer on a written exam that can’t possibly be answered by a black or hispanic person? And as far as the physical portion goes the gear is the gear, someone,, regardless of color has to be able to wear 75lbs of gear and climb stairs or carry a 120lb body. If people of color are not applying for the test to begin with, how does that make the test bias? There have to be standards for public safety and either you are qualified or not. I am definitely missing something here.

    1. HARLEM GOING HAM says:

      I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT ANSWER TOO. AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER, I THINK IT’S INSULTING. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF A BLACK GUY OR WHITE CAN’T ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, DONT HIRE THEM.

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