City’s New Fire Commissioner Vows a Push for More Minorities in the Department

Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, May 10, 2014

The new commissioner of the New York Fire Department vowed on Friday to put an end to an era of lawsuits and court orders over the department’s persistent lack of diversity and to lead an effort to attract more minorities.

The commissioner, Daniel A. Nigro, a 33-year veteran of the department who retired a year after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was officially appointed in a ceremony at the department’s training academy on Randalls Island.

Flanked by diverse members of the newest class of recruits, Mr. Nigro, 65, described expanding diversity in the department, whose members are still about 87 percent white, as “a great challenge,” but one he would actively pursue.

“We must no longer wait for a judge’s ruling to tell us what fairness means,” he said. “We must get out front. We must point the way to change.”

Years of legal wrangling over the racial makeup of the department have led to a series of reforms in recent years, including a court-appointed monitor, a new entrance exam and an influx of recruiters into black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

In March, that legal battle came to an end, when the city agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the Vulcan Society, an African-American firefighters’ group, and pay $100 million in back wages and benefits to minorities thwarted from joining the department by what courts have ruled to be institutional biases.

As part of the agreement, Mr. Nigro (pronounced NY-grow), in his new capacity, will oversee the selection of a chief of diversity and inclusion, who will act as a kind of internal monitor on issues of diversity and discrimination.

{snip} Mr. Nigro, who is white, grew up in Bayside, Queens, and like many in the department, is the son of a firefighter. {snip}

Brenda Berkman, who was among the first women to join the department following a series of legal battles in the late 1970s and early ’80s, said the mayor and new fire commissioner “need to take strong and immediate measures to end discrimination against women in the F.D.N.Y. that has been going on far too long.”

Ms. Berkman, who remains an advocate for female firefighters, said that with 37 women currently in the Fire Department ranks, there are fewer today than when she joined in the early 1980s.


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  • dd121

    New York should get very interesting with that commie mayor running things.

    • Tom Thumb

      He’s very much like Dinkins. The only difference is that Dinkins was/is a certified imbecile and this guy is as you say a stinking commie.

      • IstvanIN

        Both are commies and imbeciles.

      • Juggernaut3000

        New Yorkers are longing for the good old days of David Dinkens…the riots, the windshield wiper people, the out of control graffiti, crime…

  • JohnEngelman

    “We must no longer wait for a judge’s ruling to tell us what fairness means,”

    – Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, May 10, 2014

    Fairness means hiring the best people available. It means not discriminating against white and Asian men because they tend to get better scores on physical and mental aptitude tests.

    Whenever the nonsense of affirmative action appears, opponents of affirmative should publicize how test scores vary according to race and sex.

    • Unfortunately it is now passe for fire departments to focus their efforts on old-fashioned things like extinguishing fires, containing toxic waste spills and providing emergency paramedic services. A fire department is now a provider of fake make-work employment to incompetent blacks and browns: think of it as paid adult daycare.

      • JohnEngelman

        It would be interesting to do a study on how fire fighters of different races and sexes actually perform on the job.

        • It would be interesting, but also pointless. The current justification for fire departments has nothing to do with emergency response.

          • JohnEngelman

            It would be valuable in generating opposition to affirmative action.

            When a university practices affirmative action the only people who are harmed are the whites and Asians who do not get the admissions they deserve.

            When a government agency practices affirmative action everyone who is served by that agency is harmed.

          • The current justification for government agencies has nothing to do with serving or protecting the public.

        • r j p

          They perform very well on TV and are usually the heroes.

          • ncpride

            And darkies are NEVER the criminals. Shows like CSI (fill in the blank) are so predictable there is no ‘mystery’ any longer. It will always be the evil White person, no matter how preposterous the situation, and blacks are always the innocent victim.

          • DDDDDuane


      • DDDDDuane

        Or thInk of it as WORKFARE…

  • DaveMed

    As I have stated on other sites: it is incredibly immoral to pass over those who had the initiative and took the effort to actively seek out qualification in a field (in this case, White applicants) in order to, instead, round up people who couldn’t summon the motivation to apply in the first place.

    These tactics are intended to viciously demoralize White people.

    • Anon

      You know what is immoral? Hiring a white woman as a “teacher” in a black classroom, knowing full well that not a single student is educable or even interested and that, at some point she will be raped or worse. Normally, no white person would live anywhere near those areas……but now you’ve lured them there with a job.

      • AutomaticSlim

        Those types of White females are liberal true believers. They aren’t lured, they go there willingly.

        • saxonsun

          Not always, not by a long shot.

      • saxonsun

        My partner teaches in the Bronx. She is always placed in minority schools and, in fact, most white teachers are. One can’t escape it.

    • saxonsun

      Incredibly immoral and dangerous for the whole…as we see.

    • DDDDDuane

      They “applied” but were were too stupid, unqualified and incapable of passing the easy entrance exam…(as usual…)…But they got PAID anyway..Didn’t they?

  • MekongDelta69

    Mr. Nigro (pronounced ‘NY-grow’ as the Slimes makes SURE to point out, b/c God help you if you dare to pronounce it, “Knee-Grow”) and Mzzzzz. Berkman came out with a joint statement today:

    “We need to take strong and immediate measures to end talent and competence in New York City’s Fire Department. We will tolerate no one who has shown the actual ability to do the job without dumbed down tests, affirmative action, no physical requirements, and every advantage given to minorities, women, and gays, and every disadvantage given to straight white males.”

  • Puggg

    When did FDNY get out of the business of fighting fires, rescuing people and similar duties and get into the business of being an employment agency for incompetent blacks and hispanics and women?

    Firefighting is a task where camaraderie and trust among the people in the company or squad or brigade is crucial.

    • MekongDelta69

      An hour after NASA did…

    • AutomaticSlim

      When “Tom Willis” was elected as mayor.

    • Juggernaut3000

      “When did FDNY get out of the business of fighting fires, rescuing people and similar duties and get into the business of being an employment agency for incompetent blacks and hispanics and women?”

      Oh, at about the same time the goal of the U.S. MILITARY became social engineering instead of a fighting force.

    • Greg Thomas

      Fire departments are no longer about fighting fires, but rather promoting “social justice.”

  • ncpride

    “We must no longer wait for a judge’s ruling to tell us what fairness means,”

    One would think, but I’d say the New Haven firefighters have a different take on their idea of ‘fairness’ having to fight their case all the way to the Supreme Court after being discriminated against for the color of their (White) skin. What a load of nonsense here. Fairness obviously doesn’t include Whites.

    • melissa236

      I came from three generations of New Haven Firefighters, they were a proud bunch back then. They passed away before the city went completely to hell. Now it is one big giant slum, except for Yale.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “The commissioner, Daniel A. Nigro…”

    Perhaps the last time that a white man can boldly proclaim “A. Negro” is working against us and get away with it.

  • Lost

    I get the feeling that some of those who called the NYFD to put out a fire will have to rescue the rescuers. From personal experience, NYC is depressing and seems very much like a jungle in flames where Tarzan will soon have to find a more welcoming home.

    • Tarczan

      Northern Ohio still has some pretty white areas.

  • JSS

    Why can’t NYFD just creat a new job with in the department called “professional non White”? The only qualification being that your not a White male, then they wouldn’t need to pass any tests. The more of these hired the better the department becomes because according to official liberal orthodoxy non whites always equals more strength.

  • IstvanIN

    I will not be displeased to see NY go up like it did under Dinkus.

    • I would be delighted if the whole financial industry pulled out of New York City. Let’s see them try to pay for this nonsense with their whole tax base gone.

      • dd121

        It’s puzzling to me why any big corporations would remain in NY and willingly pay the high taxes and suffer through the leftist abuse. Rush Limbaugh finally had the good sense to leave NY and go to Florida. Surprised dozens of others haven’t followed.

        • Juggernaut3000

          The NY tax authorities hounded Rush for years claiming he owed them unpaid taxes AFTER he left NYC. As far as I know, they’re still hounding him, and he left in 1997.

  • “Mr. Nigro, who is white . . .” Oh, I see, another white man doing his best to racially displace himself, his culture, and all those of his own skin color.

    • Xerxes22

      Oh, he’s not displacing himself, just the rest of us. This guy is double dipping, which should be illegal. He is getting a good government salary while collecting a nice civil service pension. I’ll bet he has a combined income of nearly 200K. This type of White opportunist is a disgrace and just as dangerous as our main enemy.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Brenda Berkman, who was among the first women to join the department following a series of legal battles in the late 1970s and early ’80s, said the mayor and new fire commissioner “need to take strong and immediate measures to end discrimination against women in the F.D.N.Y. that has been going on far too long.”


    What a bunch of baloney. It shows how crazy our society has become. Firefighting is a tough, physical job, and it also requires intelligence, specifically the ability to make life and death decisions under adverse conditions.

    Women are not cut out for firefighting, especially in a rough place like NYC — and no more or less so than women playing in the NFL.

    • dd121

      If for no other reason, they don’t have the upper body strength to pull somebody out of a window when the building is burning. Seems like common sense but lefties have that in short supply.

  • AutomaticSlim

    “Mr. Nigro, who is white, grew up in Bayside, Queens, and like many in the department, is the son of a firefighter.”

    He’s a sellout. Plain and simple.
    Most likely grew up in a conservative Italian Catholic family.
    The fact that he is now pandering to blacks and minorities tells me he made a deal with the idiot lefty Mayor to get his new job.

    • Mr Black will now put his Nigro in order ..

    • benvad

      Money really does talk.

  • Fathercoughlin

    Mr. Nigro should have a meeting with Mr. Bullet!

    • IstvanIN

      Many fireman have been shot at while trying to save the blacks from their burning tenements.

  • Each white fireman will have to his job PLUS the Negro’s job too. That’s the way it works everywhere Negros are employed. Some pathetically disrespected and underpaid white has to do the work of two people. It’s despicable, but I’ve read enough history to know that NYC pols have been pandering to the blacks since after the Civil War.
    It just keeps getting worse, though. It would be better to give the Negros money to stay home where they do no harm. At a fire, they’ll get in the way and start arguments about how disrespected they are that no one wants to fight the fire the Negro way–from a great distance.

    • jane johnson

      Interestingly, tonight’s Final Jeopardy (yes, I’m a nerd) answer was Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden”. Surprised me that only two of the three (White) contestants got it, since this is the “Battle of the Decades”.

      • Tarczan

        I wonder if they rig it so a darkie wins or at least gets in the final.

  • Marcus

    The fear of life is the cause of all our anti-social, self-destructive, neurotic habits of behavior and relationship with one another, and with the earth itself. We have found that a simple act that we call ‘looking at yourself’ washes away the fear of life and heals the mind of anyone who will try it just once:

    1. Close your eyes. Notice the symphony of sensations and thoughts about sensations rising and falling within you.

    2. Notice that you can move your attention to one or another sensation or thought at will.

    3. Now use that same beam of attention to look for the feel of what you would call ‘me’ – a faint sensation that is what you feel like to yourself.

    4. Try to ‘look at yourself’ whenever the thought of it comes to you. You cannot fail if you just try.

    That’s it, you’ve done all that needs to be done to bring you home to the beauty and satisfaction that are to be found in a human life lived without fear.

    • IstvanIN

      Why isn’t this guy deleted?

      • Kenner

        He wants us to close our eyes… Too late.

      • benvad

        This is what happens when you refuse to buy flowers from Hari Krishnas at the LAX.

    • AutomaticSlim


      • Juggernaut3000

        It’s old recycled 60s Timothy Leary jargon, buzzwords and 50-year old, frozen lexicon.

        This guy needs to go back to his commune…or space ship.

      • Mason Gull

        It appears that he’s promoting mindfulness meditation.

    • Rhialto

      I tried it, and I felt myself. On the other hand, the Minorities remain dangerous, and the Liberals/Feminists are worse.

    • awb

      Tune in, turn on and drop out of this blog.

  • NoMosqueHere

    De Blackio and Nigro. What a team.

    • benvad

      When’s their album coming out?

  • OhWow

    This is a joke right? The FDNY was just forced to hire a bunch of unqualified minorities. They turned out to be the WORST class the FDNY has ever had. Even the ultra liberal NY Post ran a story on it.

    So they tried affirmative action, it blew up in their face and puts the public in real danger…so they want to use it more? It’s so hard relating to my country anymore. Common sense has been replaced by PC culture. You always have to say what the PC police want you to even if it makes zero sense.

    • JohnEngelman

      The New York Post is hardly a liberal newspaper. Still, if you can post a website to that article I will enjoy reading it.

      • OhWow

        Google “Fatter FDNY recruits failing” and it will show you the Post article. And every media outlet is liberal except for Fox. And even Fox has some liberal elements.

        • JohnEngelman

          FOX won a lawsuit to protect its right to lie. When respectable news organs say something that is not true they broadcast or report a retraction.

          The lies of Rush Limbaugh have been documented since at least 1994.

          I enjoy investigating different points of view, so for me press bias is not an issue. The bias of a newspaper or broadcasting station will be seen in which stories it reports, and which facts it considers newsworthy. Nevertheless, when a newspaper or a broadcasting station makes a factual assertion it better be true.

          • Juggernaut3000

            “The lies of Rush Limbaugh have been documented since at least 1994.”

            Prove it.

          • JohnEngelman

            LIMBAUGH: “Banks take the risks in issuing student loans and they are entitled to the profits.” (Radio show, quoted in FRQ, Summer/93)

            REALITY: Banks take no risks in issuing student loans, which are federally insured.

            LIMBAUGH: “Don’t let the liberals deceive you into believing that a decade of sustained growth without inflation in America [in the ’80s] resulted in a bigger gap between the haves and the have-nots. Figures compiled by the Congressional Budget Office dispel that myth.” (Ought to Be, p. 70)

            REALITY: CBO figures do nothing of the sort. Its numbers for after-tax incomes show that in 1980, the richest fifth of our country had eight times the income of the poorest fifth. By 1989, the ratio was more than 20 to one.

            LIMBAUGH: Comparing the 1950s with the present: “And I might point out that poverty and economic disparities between the lower and upper classes were greater during the former period.” (Told You So, p. 84)

            REALITY: Income inequality, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau, fell from the 1940s to the late 1960s, and then began rising. Inequality surpassed the 1950 level in 1982 and rose steadily to all-time highs in 1992. (Census Bureau’s “Money Income of Households, Families and Persons in the United States”)

            LIMBAUGH: “The poorest people in America are better off than the mainstream families of Europe.” (Radio show, quoted in FRQ, Spring/93)

            REALITY: Huh? The average cash income of the poorest 20 percent of Americans is $5,226; the average cash income of four major European nations–Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy–is $19,708.

            LIMBAUGH: “There’s no such thing as an implied contract.” (Radio show, quoted in FRQ, Spring/93)

            REALITY: Every first-year law student knows there is.

      • AutomaticSlim

        The Post is “hardly liberal” the same way McCain and Graham are “hardly liberal”. Meaning they are very liberal. Maybe not Communist, like MSNBC and Obama, or Socialist, like CNN and Hilary Clinton, but still liberal.

        • JohnEngelman

          The further one is to the right the further left most of the country looks.

          • AutomaticSlim

            I will admit, you do have a point there.

          • JohnEngelman

            The same of course is true of those on the extreme left.

          • Juggernaut3000

            Gone over to the dark side have you?

          • AutomaticSlim

            Nah…but I guess I am further to the right than the bulk of this country.
            If others thought and voted like me, Pat Buchanan would have been elected President in 1996. Man, that would have been great.

    • “It’s so hard relating to my country anymore.”

      It is NOT our country anymore, as every government official from the President on down has taken pains to remind us.

  • DA

    Diversity, another name for insanity.

  • Anon

    Unless you are willing to genocide the black population and other assorted scum (something I strongly advocate by the way), it leaves the problem of the fact that these people exist. Since they exist, they will live somewhere.
    Now you have a choice. Is that somewhere going to be YOUR neighborhood or will it be THEIR neighborhood. New York City is pretty clearly one of “their neighborhoods”.
    It is pretty pointless, not to mention expensive, and risky to attempt to enforce the way we live in our neighborhoods on their neighborhoods. They don’t want it. But who does those jobs. Why exactly is it a good idea to allow good white men to risk their lives policing, putting out fires, delivering healthcare, even delivering the mail in places like this. Is it really a good idea to have good, high quality, qualified white people (usually women, I might add) teaching the uneducable who desire little more out of life than to get their hands on a white victim?
    DeBlasio is not in charge of New York. There is nothing about New York City that will be any different because this guy is around. The people who matter, who actually do make decisions with any impact…..those people you aren’t allowed to even know who they are. And you certainly aren’t allowed to vote them into power. Nobody voted DeBlasio into his position. The very idea is ludicrous.
    And the decision about fire fighters is a red herring. Negro homes will be allowed to burn after the negros set them on fire for fun. Negro fire fighters may or may not show up. Some who show up will be shot as victims of “crime”. That is far preferable to hiring good white people who then have a reason to live in these neighborhoods.
    The only thing really important about the situation is to know not to be there. Do not ever go to places like Detroit, New York City, NOLA, LA and the like. Hell, New York even imposes a hefty fine for so much as crossing into the city (I think it’s like $12 now….more if you don’t allow them to suck it directly out of your bank account).
    These places are giant, minimum security prisons to warehouse a certain population that should have been exterminated hundreds of years ago, that, collectively, the white race simply will not accept responsibility for.

    • Tarczan

      As JT says, blacks have a historical claim to this country. Fine. Just do nothing with them, let them survive on their own. No welfare, no AA, allow freedom of association and let things happen on their own.

      • benvad

        Just stay away from each other and never give any assistance. Blacks had all their own institutions before the Kennedy’s started screwing up the country.

        The blacks were way more responsible for themselves and survived. Time for each to take of their own ethnicity like New York was back I the day.

  • 4321realist

    [New chief: “We must no longer wait for a judge’s ruling to tell us what fairness means.”]
    Yes, and fairness means dumbing down tests and awarding points on the basis of race to people who aren’t smart enough to hold the positions, and disqualifying anybody if he is white.

    • Juggernaut3000

      The test will look something like this. question 1. Are you black, hispanic, Asian, pacific Islander, female, homosexual, eskimo or other oppressed minority? If yes, sign at the bottom and turn in. Congratulations, you have passed.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I support Nigro’s decision to impose racial quotas to get more minorities in the fire department. The white boy New Yorker has effectively lost my respect, and he deserves no opportunities in employment there, nor anywhere else. He wanted diversity, so let’s let him have it, and he needs to live in it.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    More racial and ethnic diversity means more poverty, unemployment, incompetence, white dispossession and third world conditions in all of America’s big cities. The only kind of diversity that benefits anyone is intellectual diversity. Let’s have more of that, instead of the useless, boring racial and ethnic diversity we must have rammed down our throats by totalitarian bureaucrats in Washington on a daily basis.

  • WR_the_realist

    I was never a fan of anti-gun, pro-illegal immigration Michael Bloomberg. And I don’t want to see him in national office. But after a few months of de Blasio all I can say is, “Michael Bloomberg, please take your old job back.”

    • Rhialto

      That may be a common attitude to Prez. Obama, if H. Rodham-Clinton becomes your next president.

  • Juggernaut3000

    You New Yorkers better practice fire safety. I wouldn’t depend on the new, socially engineered fire department to save my life, let alone put out fires.

  • Who Me?

    This is what happens when fire departments hire minorities. This one had 19 accidents, multiple traffic violations and license suspensions, and finally hit 3 kids with his SUV. The children were in a school crossing. He was going 49 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. Witnesses say he never got out of his vehicle to help them or even to see if they needed help for their injuries.


    Of course we all want more DIE-versity. What could possibly go wrong?

  • TXCriollo

    Well I guess the show rescue me will be a glimps of how the old fdny was

  • A Freespeechzone

    I wonder if fire insurance rates will skyrocket–having unqualified and inept ‘firefighters’ increases their risk and that of those in NYC.

    Just wait until the next serious fire in NYC when ‘diversity’ is supposed to put it out.

    Diversity instead of qualifications is deadly.

    • Government agencies never worry about passing on the costs of things like higher insurance rates to the public, once they have convinced themselves that their bizarre, destructive policies are for “the greater good”.

  • bubo

    They always seem to have no trouble finding white guys that are willing to screw over their own kind if the money is right.

    If Mr. Nigro had a shred of honor he’d simply say that they look forward to hiring the most competent, professional recruits possible regardless of race. But he’s another weasel who already got his so screw the next guy.

    • benvad

      Hope his place needs help one day and fire chief Al Sharpton is their to lead the brigade. When his own personal well being is affected, then he’ll get his just desserts.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    They appointed a white Nigro to discriminate against more qualified candidates in favor of diversity.

  • none of your business

    One of the questions on the dumbed down for minorities firefighters tests is:
    is it easier to push a wheelbarrow?
    (A) Uphill
    (B) Downhill?

    Most of the minorities, especially the blacks failed this question.

  • none of your business

    This is what always happens when there is an anti affirmative action court ruling or an anti affirmative action referendum. The civil service HR dept, college admissions committees always, always ignore the anti affirmative rulings and go on discriminating against Whites. Last week there was an article about a University of California employee who wrote a book about how the admissions committees ignored anti affirmative action Prop 209.
    It was not news to anyone who lives in California. We knew all along that Prop 209 had no enforcement provisions built in and that it was a dead letter law from the beginning.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    “Ms. Berkman, who remains an advocate for female firefighters, said that
    with 37 women currently in the Fire Department ranks, there are fewer
    today than when she joined in the early 1980s.”

    That Miss Berkman, is what happens to Marxist women who appease Minorities against your own. The moment the pool of jobs gets tight, the minorities turn on you and throw you overboard. You could always see this coming with the Media saying “Women and Minorities hardest hit.” Where is the natural dividing line in that sentence?. When push comes to shove, the “minorities” drop the White Women like a used hanky. Then White women see what they have done by savaging their own men for another, and then being rejected by the other. Tell me, do you like being a single mom pushing that mulatto in a baby carriage? Like being dumped because they hate you and what you are? Like being treated as special because you turned against your own for the numbers and then the moment the numbers went in favor of the minorities, you were disposable.


    • benvad

      In that broads case Heidi? Started banging her security guard, basically making a cuckhold out of her Husband (black guy).

      Turns out she went back to one of her own kind (German bodyguard). Instincts kicked in 3 kids too late.

  • LHathaway

    “We must no longer wait for a judge’s ruling to tell us what fairness means.”

    If you’re a white man in this country, you will apparently have to wait until the colonization of an exo-planet if you’re in search of fairness. . . .

  • DDDDDuane

    This chinless and spineless TRASH was hired specifically to discriminate against White males…Pea-brained blacks and hispanics could never pass progressively revised easier tests or the physical obstacle course so this cabal of trash is just COMPLETELY removing any entry standards so they could discriminate against White males who were ALWAYS deserving because they are capable of passing these entry tests….

    $100 MILLION to these incapable stupid, worthless animals who did NOTHING and couldn’t compete on a level field while the White men had to legitimately qualify and earn their money by risking their lives…We won’t open up the les bian firefighter can of worms here now..
    In the paragraph below substitute “j- e- w judges” for the word “courts”
    “$100 million in back wages and benefits to minorities thwarted from joining the department by what courts have ruled to be institutional biases”.

  • DDDDDuane

    This is the New York CITY FD….