Former Prosecutor Will Oversee FDNY Hiring

A federal judge is appointing a former prosecutor as an independent monitor to oversee the efforts of the city's fire department to hire minorities.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Mark S. Cohen will watch over the recruitment, testing and hiring of new firefighters.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis said in October an independent monitor is needed to combat persistent discrimination in FDNY hiring practices.

A city attorney said there is no objection to Cohen's appointment, but said the city does not agree a monitor is warranted.