The Jewish community in Brooklyn was outraged when they learned that an FDNY Firefighter with a history of being an open anti-semite and racist had been assigned to a Boro Park fire station. Thankfully, that has changed.
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) thanked New York City and the FNDY for re-assigning the racist firefighter who had been assigned to a firehouse in his district.
Joseph M. Cassano, 28, who once tweeted “I like Jews about as much as Hitler” while working as an EMT, also wrote: “Getting sick of picking up all these Obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.” On Martin Luther King Day in 2013 he tweeted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
His recent assignment to Engine 247 on 60th Street in Borough Park, the heart of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, had the Assemblyman and his community both angry and frightened.
Hikind had planned a protest at the Firehouse for this Thursday along with a number of Holocaust survivors but cancelled those plans when notified of the reassignment.
Joseph M. Cassano, 28, the son of former FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, graduated from the Fire Academy last week and was assigned to Engine 247 on 60th Street. The younger Cassano had resigned his job as an FDNY emergency medical technician in 2013 after Tweeting racist and hateful comments about Blacks and Jews.
“Assigning this man to Borough Park, where you have an incredible number of Holocaust survivors, is an insult to our community,” Hikind had said. “I’m not sure he should be anywhere, but certainly not here with the people he said he hates.”
“The City and the FDNY did the right thing,” said Hikind. “People who hate Jews should not be trusted to save them from fires. Good luck to the community where he’s re-assigned.”
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)