The Fire Department of New York has a discrimination problem: In a city where, in 2002, 25 percent of the population was black and 27 percent was Hispanic, the Fire Department was 2.6 percent black and 3.7 percent Hispanic. Other city agencies don't have this problem, and neither do fire departments ... More >>
Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes is defending himself against charges that his office railroaded three men exonerated of violent crimes and released from custody over the past year.
In an interview with the New York Times, Hynes [pictured with aide Michael Vecchione] insists that his office got it right ... More >>
"The case of William Lopez began twenty-three years ago. It was rotten from day one."
So begins U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis' epic 95-page dissection of the justice system's failures in wrongly arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning Lopez for the 1989 murder of a drug dealer in a crack hou ... More >>
Former federal prosecutor Mark Cohen has been chosen as the federal court monitor who will be chosen to supervise the FDNY, the Daily News is reporting.
As we've been reporting over the past year, the city continues to be in hot water with the federal government for not enforcing Title VII ... More >>
The City of New York was back in United States District Judge Nicholas Garaufis' courtroom today, just a few weeks after the judge issued a blistering order calling the FDNY "a bastion of white male privilege."
Garaufis's order mandated that the FDNY and the city will be placed under a "Cour ... More >>
Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis laid down the law with the FDNY today, writing that the job of "New York City firefighter - arguably 'the best job in the world' - has remained a stubborn bastion of white male privilege."
In a sweeping opinion, Garaufis concluded that after months (years, really) of ... More >>
More fascinating news from the courtroom of Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis, via The Daily News: the questionable pasts of white candidates were overlooked when they came up for review with the FDNY, a deposition stated yesterday. Even former NYPD cops Richard Murphy and Edward McMellon, who ... More >>
Nothing is ever easy with the federal government's four decade long attempt to force the city to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and make the Fire Department more diverse. As we wrote about in our cover story last December, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis recently ordered that ... More >>
Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, the former Bonanno crime-family boss who's facing new charges of murdering a mob associate while currently serving a life sentence on another conviction, will not be just some schlub at trial. The New York Post reports that his "perfectly coiffed hair" will ... More >>
Good Looking Sal Vitale -- the mob informant whose back pages made the front page of the New York Times this morning -- just proved an old rule: When they have you dead to rights, it's always best to confess all.
Vitale, 62, who copped to 11 separate murders committed in furtherance of his ga ... More >>
Two New Yorkers who don't necessarily view Mike Bloomberg as the greatest mayor of our time have now teamed up, and the result could be one big bad third term headache for the city's richest man.
One of the Bloomy dissidents is Brooklyn federal judge Nicholas Garaufis, a normally mild ... More >>
By Alana Horowitz and Sara Gates
Three months ago, when a federal judge ruled that the FDNY had discriminated against minority applicants, it appeared that diversity in the ranks might improve. But at least now, with the city's budget a shambles, that looks unlikely.
U.S. District Court Ju ... More >>
The two places that men reveal their inner selves, the adage goes, are behind a steering wheel and on a basketball court. All that contained aggressiveness grandstands to the surface.
For Mayor Mike, though, who neither duels with taxis nor elbows under a hoop, it is apparently depositions ... More >>
Bill de Blasio's job as public advocate: something Mayor Bloomberg would love to eradicateOne surprise in Mike Bloomberg's State of the City speech this week was his failure to say anything about the long-promised charter revision commission, which is expected, among other things, to act on o ... More >>
The Daily News and the Post have rushed to the defense of Fire Department exams that have given us the whitest rank and file of any big-city department in the country, with 303 black firefighters out of 8,998, a percentage that's actually lower than the last time a federal judge ruled the sam ... More >>
By Alana Horowitz
Mayor Bloomberg and former fire commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta were not held liable in this week's ruling against the FDNY's discriminatory hiring practics, but a federal judge called their behavior "deliberately indifferent."
Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that, when it c ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's freewheeling testimony at the Sotomayor hearings seems to have landed him in court. Bloomberg testified, quite unnecessarily, in response to a non-question as to his interest and involvement in the case of black firefighters' group The Vulcan Society versus the city and the FDNY i ... More >>