Some folks just can’t seem to keep themselves out of the headlines. For instance, take FDNY’s Joseph Cassano, who was suspended yesterday after he was cited for trespassing on the Jersey Shore.
Cassano, the son of former Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano, has been in the Fire Law Blog news at least six times prior to today. Back in 2013 he was forced to resign his position as an EMT in FDNY’s EMS Division after it was revealed that he had been making offensive social media posts. Cassano was reinstated in 2014 but ended up in the news again when FF Glen Merkitch, who resigned in 2013 after failing a drug test, sued to get his job back pointing to the preferential treatment that Cassano received as evidence of a double standard.
Cassano’s appointment to FDNY’s firefighter training academy and his recent graduation in April was met with objections from minority firefighters, who accused the department of coddling racists while pointing to him as evidence that FDNY’s good ol-boy network is alive and well. An African American applicant, Andre J. Laurent, who was rejected due to concerns about his background even mentioned Cassano in his federal court lawsuit.
Not much is known about the infraction Cassano is charged with, and what the impact will be upon his career. The fact he is a probationary firefighter means he may be at greater risk of washing out. Here is more on the story.
Here are the six earlier stories:
- FDNY Firefighter Seeks Reinstatement
- Suit Alleges FDNY’s Background Check System is Racially Biased
- FDNY Firefighter Reinstated Following Drug Related Resignation
- More Bad Tweets for FDNY
- FDNY EMT’s Tweets A Career Ender
- The Consequences of Looking The Other Way in the Facebook Age
And a volunteer firefighter in Iowa was charged with drunk driving fire apparatus.