City appeals judge's decision on Black firefighter lawsuit

CRAIG D. FRAZIER Special to the AmNews | 4/4/2012, 6:53 p.m.
City lawyers have implied that Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis "abandoned a neutral role" while...
Black FDNY firefighters

Barron disagreed with the mayor's rationale. He said that the mayor's comments prove that the city is not ready for change in the FDNY. "The mayor wants to maintain the Jim Crow policies of the FDNY," the councilman added. "The mayor says that the monitor will be intrusive. We need to stop the mayor from being exclusive, 'For whites only.' This city has a Jim Crow fire department."

Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem feels that although the city has taken some action to finally integrate the FDNY in recent years, it was only a move designed to draw attention away from the fact that they were still fighting the integration of the FDNY in the courts.

"After protecting the nepotistic and blatantly racist practices of the FDNY for what equates to an entire mayoral term, it is ridiculous and shameful for the mayor to again stand on the side of ignorance with this bizarre request," Wright stated.

"The judge is right to be distrustful of this administration and their true commitment to justice and equality," he continued. "As Judge Garaufis has correctly stated, 'The city still doesn't get it,' and his bombastic request for removal confirms that Mayor Bloomberg 'gets it' just about as much as Blacks and Latinos get jobs as firefighters in New York City."