(MANAHATTAN) – 140 characters told a lot about the character of Joe Cassano.
The son of FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano incinerated his dreams of becoming a firefighter by taking to Twitter to bash the black and Jewish communities in recent months.
The inflammatory tweets were revealed in a bombshell report Monday morning.
The FDNY confirmed to PIX 11 News that the 23-year-old EMT tweeted, “I like jews about as much as hiter” in one post. While in another, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
Israel Miranda is the head of Local 2507, the union that represents EMTs throughout the city. The membership of his union is comprised by nearly 50% minorities. For the son of the FDNY Commissioner to torch the character of minorities by indicating how difficult it is to save them is indefensible.
The FDNY has had issues for years involving the hiring of minorities. The Justice Deparment has intervened and Commissioner Cassano has appeared on PIX 11 News to discuss the different avenues they have implemented to hire more minorities. Yet on Monday, one insider told PIX 11 News the hiring of minorities is “horrendous” and adds that it is slowly making strides.
As the story of the younger Cassano spread like wildfire throughout the city PIX 11 News approached New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio shortly past noon where he did not hesitate with what Cassano should do, “resign.”
Less than 20 minutes later Mayor Bloomberg, speaking at news conference in Queens, put out the flames, “I found the messages offensive. It is my understanding he has chosen to resign.”
The resignation confirmed a few hours later by the FDNY who sent out a statement from Commissioner Cassano, “I am extremely disappointed in the comments posted online by my son Joseph, which do not reflect the values – including a respect for all people – that are held by me, my family and the FDNY.”
A short time later, and in a rare move involving personnel, the FDNY sent out a statement from Joe Cassano, “From the bottom of my heart, I’m truly sorry and I apologize for my offensive remarks.”