A black firefighters’ group that had sued New York City, alleging discrimination, said Tuesday that minority fire department applicants will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million.
The medical examiner said the seven victims died from either blunt trauma or smoke inhalation and classified their deaths as accidents. Results were still pending on the eighth victim.
Con Edison crews discovered an alarming natural gas concentration near the scene of the deadly East Harlem building explosion this week, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Friday.
Eight people are now confirmed dead in the blast that also injured more than 60 others. Others are still believed to be missing.
Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, but make sure to turn the clock ahead before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid getting up late.
The class of 242 probationary firefighters is 62 percent minority, including 24 percent black and 36 percent Hispanic.
“This is part of our after action review. We acted very quickly to get these vehicles so that we would have it in time for this hurricane season,” said fire commissioner Sal Cassano.
Meantime, nearly a year after Sandy hit, residents of the Rockaways said there is still much work to be done despite some big progress.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano swore in 318 new probationary firefighters. The class has eight women and more than 66 percent of the class are minorities, officials said.
One day after Quinn blasted the 911 response time, she met with FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano and Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway.
Emergency dispatchers, firefighters and EMS workers say the city’s new $2 billion modernization of its 911 system, which includes using new technology and a new backup call center, is unreliable.
Ariel Russo’s family blames her death on a bungled 911 call saying it delayed getting an ambulance to the scene.
“Somebody made a mistake that was handling that call and we’re looking into it, we’ll find out what happened,” Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said Friday.
Lt. Thomas Woods was off-duty when he rescued 25 people from a rising storm surge and rapidly moving fire in Belle Harbor the night Superstorm Sandy hit the city.
An internal order made public on Thursday advises members of the nation’s largest police department to “demonstrate professionalism” when using Facebook, Twitter and other social media.