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.
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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