As part of that effort, Garaufis has, among other changes, awarded retroactive seniority and ordered the priority hiring of 293 minority candidates.
White firefighters, both inside and outside the courtroom, said they were worried about their future at an increasingly polarized FDNY
As a result of a 2007 lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department and the Vulcan Society, the 89% white FDNY faces sweeping changes in its recruitment and hiring practices. Garaufis, in response to the lawsuit, ruled that FDNY exams and civil service lists discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.
A new exam and a multi-million-dollar recruitment campaign resulted in a record number of minority test-takers last year, with more than half scoring 97% or better on the exam.
In dueling press conferences -- white and black -- outside the courthouse on Monday, the two sides in the case traded jabs, with the Vulcan Society dismissing white firefighters' claims that standards are being compromised to meet racial quotas.
The article from the Daily News.