Son of NYC fire commish 'regrets' offensive tweets, resigns

The 23-year-old was an EMT with FDNY until resigning over the issue


The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The son of New York City's fire commissioner has apologized for posting offensive messages on Twitter.

The 23-year-old Joseph Cassano worke as a fire department EMT. His resignation was announced Monday.

The New York Post says he tweeted a slew of derogatory statements about Jews, blacks and the poor.

Cassano issued a statement early Monday saying he regretted "posting some comments that were offensive, especially since I enjoy my job and treat every patient with great care and respect."

The Post says the younger Cassano's offensive statements included a derogatory term to describe blacks, and a tweet stating he liked Jews about as much as Hitler did.

Fire Commission Salvatore J. Cassano did not comment, but released the following statement:

“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. I have worked hard for many years, as have so many people in the agency, to make the FDNY more diverse and inclusive. There is no place — and I have no tolerance — for statements that would harm the good reputation we enjoy due to our honorable service to all New Yorkers.

“As a parent, this is very painful for me, but I believe my son has made the right decision. I love him very much and, with the support and love of our entire family, we will get through this together.”

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