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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Joseph Cassano, Son of Retired FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Quietly Gets His Job Back After Racial and Sexual Slurs

This is a big story especially for all those teachers who have been terminated or whose lives have been decimated by 3020-a charges. They did not get a second chance .... or a first chance, for that matter.

Take L.B., for example. The principal was concerned when L.B. said that some money had been taken out of her purse on her desk, so called in the 2nd grade girl who had done this, with the teacher and the girl's parent. The girl started crying and the teacher gave a quick hug to calm her down, which the parent found entirely appropriate and was very grateful for. In fact, the mom wrote a letter to the teacher saying how wonderful she was to comfort her daughter.

Sooner than a blink, L.B. was charged with corporal punishment and put into a rubber room to await trial. She was terminated after 26+ years without any discipline.

I say yes to second chances whenever the circumstances merit this. Joe Cassano deserved a second chance at some job, but not at the FDNY, where he may have to help a jewish person or an Obama lover/African American.

But Mayor deBlasio is a "who you know counts, not what you know" Mayor just like Mike Bloomberg was.


Betsy Combier

‘I like Jews about as much as Hitler': Son of former FDNY head rehired after resigning over racist tweets

VILE: Joseph Cassano (above with fire-commissioner dad Salvatore) is an EMT on the fast track to firefighter,
as revealed in yesterday’s Post—but he has filled Twitter with racist rants.

The son of a recently retired FDNY fire commissioner has quietly been rehired to become an EMT after resigning 16 months ago over a series of racist comments he posted to his Twitter account.
According to the New York Daily News, Joseph Cassano, 26, confirmed that will be rejoining the department when the next Emergency Medical Services Academy class begins on July 13.
Cassano resigned during his probationary period in 2013 when his father, Salvatore Cassano, was still the civilian administrator of the New York City Fire Department after being appointed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
A review of the younger Cassano’s Twitter account — now suspended by Twitter — revealed a slew of racist tweets including one that read: “I like Jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
Another tweet stated, ““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.”
Cassano claims he was “very ignorant and very immature” at the time he wrote the offensive tweets.
“I am very grateful to get an opportunity like this,” Cassano said in an interview with the Daily News. “I’ve apologized for those comments and I am still apologizing for them today.”
The Vulcan Society — a group made of up of African American firefighters in New York City — is not pleased with the rehire, with President Regina Wilson saying, “Everybody deserves a second chance, but he doesn’t deserve a second chance with the FDNY.”
“It’s a step backward for the department,” Wilson said.
A source at the FDNY said Cassano had to reapply and faced all of the  physical and psychological tests required to get back on the job.
“He realized he screwed up,” the source explained. “We’re giving him an opportunity and giving him a second chance.”

‘Fast-tracker’ son of FDNY Commish rants against blacks and Jews on Twitter

by Josh Saul, March 18, 2013, NY POST

The first-responder son of city Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano has unleashed a sickening slew of tweets that target everyone from Jews to blacks to the poor.
Joseph Cassano, 23 — who yesterday’s Post revealed is working as an FDNY EMT in an apparent bid to fast-track his promotion to firefighter — regularly uses the derogatory term “shwoog” when referring to black people, and once tweeted, “I like jews about as much as hitler.”
He even openly gripes about his job, calling it “the worst’’ and ripping the people he’s paid to serve.


“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,” Joseph Cassano tweeted Feb. 3.
About a week earlier, the young EMT posted from his Twitter account, @jcassano15, “Gotta love people with the iPhone 5 and brand new Jordan’s whip out their benefits card #f–kobama #ipaidforyourstuff.”
In another tweet, he Cassano complained, “Got kicked in the shin by a drunk and had to carry a 275 pound guy down 5 flights of stairs . . . my job is the worst #yearandahalftogo.”
Before last November’s election, Joseph Cassano vowed to “move to Scotland” if Obama were re-elected.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he posted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
Joseph and two other scions of FDNY brass are among 100 new hires at the EMS — where about 40 percent of personnel are minorities.
EMS members get first crack at joining the FDNY as firefighters under new federal diversity rules that put them ahead of “open competitive” applicants to the Fire Academy.
Those rules were adopted after federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis found that the FDNY had for years discriminated against minorities.
As The Post exclusively reported yesterday, critics say the EMS gig allows Cassano and his well-connected co-workers a shortcut into the FDNY.
The young Cassano made it clear earlier this month that he wants to join the FDNY, tweeting, “I hate ems” and, “Everybody wanna be a firefighter, but don’t nobody wanna be a damn EMT.”
He has no love for the NYPD, either, tweeting in September: “U couldn’t pay me enough to be a cop, there’s absolutely no direction in that department and I’m very glad I’m going the other way.”
Early this morning, Joseph Cassano released a statement through an FDNY spokesman that said, “I regret posting some comments that were offensive, especially since I enjoy my job and treat every patient with great care and respect.”
Cassano’s commissioner father said today, “My son said he regrets those comments. I think we all regret it because that’s not my son.”
The boorish tweets started before Joseph was even hired by the city.
“News flash to half of the island,” Joseph, who lives at home with his parents on Staten Island, posted in August. “ur white! Stop talking like ur a shwoog.”
In November 2011, Joseph laid into rapper Flo Rida after the performer sampled the song “Levels,” by Tim Bergling, in his own tune “Good Feeling.”
“This dumb shwoogie Flo-rida should be shanked for what he did to levels,” he opined.
In January 2012, Joseph and a buddy traded tweets about Jews.
“I saw a sick jew walking on bloomingdale and thought of you,” Joseph posted to the pal, who uses the twitter name @breezyy.
In November 2011, the duo had an exchange after @breezyy posted a photo of a Hasidic Jew near a basketball court where kids were playing and wrote: “This no good Hebrewwww crepin on the kidssssss.”
Joseph replied, “I like jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
The FDNY progeny openly admits on Twitter that his remarks have gotten him in hot water in the past.
Last March, Joseph, who plays in a local baseball league, disclosed that he had been suspended for five games because of a Twitter post.
“1 game down 4 more to go,” he tweeted on March 16, 2012.
When one of his friends asked what he’d done, Cassano replied, “got suspended for a tweet #suspendedchild.”
Young Cassano also displays a vulgar attitude toward women.
“I love boob jobs . . . I wish every girl in America were forced to get one once they turn 18,” he wrote in November. He added, “I’ll vote in the presidential election when a candidates main purpose is to make breast enhancement surgery free to all who want it.”

Fallout over racist tweets by son of FDNY commissioner spreads to sister, a Staten Island teacher