Judge: Minority recruiting by FDNY lacking

The Sound the Alarm campaign was prompted by a fire in the Bronx that took the lives of nine children and an adult last March.

September 30, 2011 5:35:39 PM PDT
A federal judge says the city hasn't done enough to make sure more blacks and other minorities are recruited as firefighters.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave his findings Friday following a civil trial last month in Brooklyn. The Justice Department had sued on behalf a black fraternal organization.

The judge's memo says despite progress on diversity in recent recruiting, the Fire Department of New York hasn't committed enough time or resources to reverse a long history of discrimination against blacks. He's expected to spell out a remedy in a separate ruling.

The FDNY announced last month that nearly half of the people who signed up for its next exam are minorities. Currently, only about 3 percent of firefighters are black.

A city lawyer said Friday that the findings were being reviewed.