FDNY 'unhappy' after racist son of former commish gets rehired

Joseph Cassano, 26, insisted he has seen the error of his "very ignorant and very immature" ways


NEW YORK — The son of former Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano is getting a second chance to revive his career — 16 months after resigning over anti-Semitic tweets.

NY Post reported that Joseph Cassano, 26, confirmed that he’s set to rejoin the department with the next EMS class beginning July 13.

"The senior Cassano would never give any of his employees second chances of redemption," one source said. "If it was the average guy and if it weren’t Sal Cassano’s son, would we have been [re]hired due to his character flaws? That is the question. The general feeling is it wouldn't happen," one high-ranking source said.

An FDNY spokesperson said, "Based upon the remorse expressed for his prior conduct, and his ongoing efforts to demonstrate respect for all people, he's been given a second chance and the Department will hold him to that standard."

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the son tweeted, "MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today."

He also tweeted: "I like Jews about as much as Hitler."

A veteran FDNY paramedic complained about the rehire online. "Nothing shows diversity at FDNY like rehiring racists and anti-Semites."

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