Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
Whether a 2007 exam administered by the Fire Department was racially discriminatory will be the subject of a hearing in Brooklyn federal court today.
A ruling is expected quickly, because the city needs to hire 300 new recruits by the end of the summer, and it wants to select from a pool of applicants that took the exam in question.
The Vulcan Society, a fraternity of black firefighters, wants minorities to make up more than a third of the new hires -- the proportion of blacks and Latinos that took the exam.
The judge hearing the case has already ruled that two prior exams going back as far as 1999 were discriminatory.