FDNY Commissioner to Testify on Minority Hiring

Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 10:46 AM EDT
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FDNY Commissioner to Testify on Minority Hiring

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

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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.      

He's previously ruled that the city's firefighter entrance exam discriminated against minorities.      

The Daily News reports that Garaufis 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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