NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s fire commissioner will be called to testify before a judge deciding whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to oversee the recruitment of more minorities to the FDNY.

Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis made the ruling Thursday.

The judge heard testimony this week from fire officials that suggested there was cheating on the last written exam.

Lawyers representing a black fraternal organization called the Vulcan Society say a special monitor is needed to ensure discriminatory hiring practices don’t continue.

On Monday, Garaufis also heard testimony that black candidates with minor arrest records tended to be cut while white applicants with records were allowed on the job.

Last year, Garaufis ordered a hiring freeze after he found that the city’s firefighter entrance exam discriminated against minorities after the Justice Department sued on their behalf in 2007.

Garaufis reportedly ordered Commissioner Salvatore Cassano to testify next week.

The fire commissioner has been visiting black churches recently to speak about the benefits of working for the department. It’s part of a continuing effort to focus recruitment in the city’s minority areas.

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Comments (5)
  1. steffi says:

    Maybe if they studied harder for the test they would pass. If you study and pass the test and you’re white you don’t get the job because they have to hire someone who is black, what is that called. The goverement should look into the MTA and Postal services. Most workers are black. I guess that is OK. I guess discrimination against whites is ok. Wake up America.

  2. Boot stuffer says:

    He should testify on why it takes 20 firefighters to shop for dinner while 4 fire trucks idle in front of the market..fdny biggest waste of our tax money

    1. Michael H. says:

      If they get a call while they are out food shopping they have to set their shopping carts aside and respond to the call. There’s no time for them to rush back to the station house to get into gear and into the trucks. It’s all about response time and in their business, seconds mean lives. Take a look at them again next time you see them out shopping. There’s at least one guy in the truck, and everybody is in at least some of their gear, with the rest waiting in the truck to be put on if necessary.

      Don’t criticize what you know nothing about.

      1. Go METS! says:

        They get a discount and freebies if they are in uniform.

  3. marc says:

    This case is bullS88T!! just take the test and stop crying. everybody wants a free ride and more. and this judge is way to is a ass

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