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FDNY Commissioner's Son Steps Down After Racist Tweets

By Nikhita Venugopal | March 18, 2013 2:31pm | Updated on March 18, 2013 5:31pm
 New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano at Mayor Ed Koch's funeral on Monday February 4th, 2013.
New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano at Mayor Ed Koch's funeral on Monday February 4th, 2013.
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NEW YORK CITY — The 23-year-old son of New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano has resigned as a paramedic after after the Post revealed a series of hateful rants against Jews and blacks, as his father released a statement saying he was disappointed in his scion.

“I am extremely disappointed in the comments posted online by my son Joseph, which do not reflect the values — including a respect for all people — that are held by me, my family and the FDNY," the elder Cassano said in a statement.

"I have worked hard for many years, as have so many people in the agency, to make the FDNY more diverse and inclusive. There is no place — and I have no tolerance — for statements that would harm the good reputation we enjoy due to our honorable service to all New Yorkers," Salvatore Cassano added.

“As a parent, this is very painful for me, but I believe my son has made the right decision. I love him very much and, with the support and love of our entire family, we will get through this together.”

Joseph Cassano, who was fast-tracked for hiring, stepped down as an EMT after he posted a series of hateful rants against Jews and blacks on Twitter that were first reported by the New York Post.

The younger Cassano released a statement that was released by the FDNY following his resignation, apologizing to those he hurt.

"From the bottom of my heart, I’m truly sorry and I apologize for my offensive remarks.  My intention was never to hurt anyone, or any group, and these tasteless comments do not reflect the person my parents raised me to be," he wrote.

"Working for the FDNY requires that you conduct yourself in a dignified manner, reflecting the highest standards...I clearly did not do that and I take full responsibility for my comments." He added that he "would like to move forward, learn from my mistakes, and continue to grow" with the help of his family.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters earlier in the day that he found the messages "offensive."

“It is my understanding that he has chosen to resign from the fire department and I think that’s the appropriate thing and I’ll leave it there," he said during a press conference in Queens.

The Post reported Monday morning on Cassano's tweets from the Twitter handle @jcassano15.

On Feb. 3, he apparently tweeted: “Getting sick of picking up all these obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”

Cassano also once reportedly tweeted: “I like jews about as much as hitler.”