The old entrance exam was put on hold, after a federal lawsuit claimed it discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.
Now a judge has given the go-ahead for a new test.
"It'll be very important for us to get out a message of getting recruitment from diversified areas of the city and this is a great community to recruit from," Cassano said.
"It's a long time in coming in terms of this outreach because I think it's essential for there to be a measure of diversity in the fire department," Rev. Floyd Flake from Allen A.M.E. Cathedral said.
The new test will be offered early next year.
Up to 40,000 applicants are expected to sign up.