Mayor Bloomberg yesterday tapped FDNY Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano as the city’s new fire commissioner as of Jan. 1.

 

Cassano, a 40-year FDNY veteran, will succeed Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta who is retiring.

 

The mayor said Cassano, 64, was chosen for his record and “vision for the future of the FDNY.”

 

Fire deaths are down, but the FDNY faces challenges in a new 911 system the firefighters union claims slows responses, charges of discriminatory hiring and budget cuts