FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano defended the department's hiring practices against claims of discrimination on Tuesday when he testified for more than two hours in Federal Court in Brooklyn.
During his testimony, Cassano said the department has made strides in recruiting blacks and Latinos, according to a lawyer who was present at the hearing.
The judge in the case, Nicholas Garaufis, already determined the firefighter entrance exam discriminated against minorities. The current trial will try to determine whether the discrimination was deliberate and what sort of oversight the department needs in the future.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Vulcan Society, an organization of black firefighters sued the fire department in 2007.