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Shakedown: NYC mayor giving away $98 million to hustlers behind phony FDNY discrimination claims

As one of his first acts as the new mayor of NYC, DeBlasio is showering blacks and Hispanics with millions in free cash. The only thing they have to do to get free money is show that they took the FDNY service examine.

DeBlasio says it was racist to make firefighter applicants take a written test, since blacks and Hispanics do not perform as well as whites and Asians on academic tests.

DeBlasio is taking $98 million of the taxpayers dollars and giving it to blacks and Hispanics as “backpay” for work they never did, for a job they were never qualified for!

DeBlassio also announced that he is creating new positions in the FDNY that will solely exist to ensure that blacks and Hispanics receive special treatment.

From NYC.Gov…

The de Blasio Administration today announced an agreement to settle the 2007 Vulcan Society’s lawsuit against the City of New York over two civil service exams found to be discriminatory against African American and Hispanic applicants. The City has agreed to pay approximately $98 million in backpay and benefits to African American and Hispanic firefighter applicants who took two civil service exams in 1999 and 2002, and will implement additional reforms in the FDNY’s recruiting policies in an effort to further diversify the ranks of the organization to make them more representative of the city’s population.

“The brave men and women of the FDNY work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm’s way – and our administration is committed to ensuring every New Yorker who seeks to take on this heroic role has a fair opportunity to join the ranks. This administration is fully committed to promoting diversity and equal access in every sector across our five boroughs, and this settlement will move New York City one step closer to this goal,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“When we see any member of our community excluded from an opportunity to succeed, it is our responsibility to act. Today, this administration has taken a historic step forward with a settlement that will rectify past harm and increase diversity in FDNY’s ranks. This settlement will not only compensate those affected by the FDNY’s civil service exams, but also ensure the FDNY has the capacity, support and structures in place to build a stronger and more diverse department in the years to come,” said Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter.

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice challenged the city’s use of two written civil service examinations for the position of entry-level firefighters, alleging that the tests resulted in a disparate impact on African American and Hispanic applicants. The FDNY’s Vulcan Society claimed the same disparate impact and asserted intentional discrimination claims as well. Under the City’s settlement, the City will pay claimants who took the two tests but did not get hired, as well as FDNY members who may have been hired late due to the tests’ disparate impact. The City will pay approximately $98 million in backpay, fringe benefits and interest to the test takers.