Tuesday is graduation day at the New York City Fire Academy, and this particular ceremony also doubles as a bit of a landmark. The graduation takes place at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn; Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to address the new graduates at 11 a.m., along with outgoing Fire ... More >>
On Monday morning, members of the NYPD filed quietly into the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. They were there to mourn one of their own: Dennis Guerra died five days earlier of severe smoke inhalation. He was 38 years old, a father of four, and the first New York police officer t ... More >>
Smoke billowed from two buildings -- one that housed Spanish Christian Church and six apartments, the second housed the store Absolute Piano -- after an explosion ripped through a stretch of Park Avenue in Harlem on Wednesday morning.
Fresh off getting vaginas off the minds of lady voters with some ping-pong, Susan Sarandon got busy getting fighting fires off the minds of firefighters with some ping-pong. Sarandon, who is part owner of the Space Age ping-pong boutique Spin New York, will donate 10 tables to firehouses and EMS sta ... More >>
About a month ago, the New York Post ran a frontpage story on Timothy Dluhos, a 12-year EMS lieutenant in Bed-Stuy with a really terrible social media presence. This guy was tweeting things like "I'm going to give up racial insults for Lent. Jesus that didn't [last] too long. F--ken chinks can't dri ... More >>
Last week, fellow Voice scribe Nick Greene gave us the lowdown on social media informalities for Facebook. Can you post that picture(s) of your vacation? No, please don't. How about your political views? Stop, nobody cares. And what about a job promotion? Ugh. You get the picture. Well, these stand ... More >>
A bit of good news as the passing of 2011 nears: homicides were down five percent for the year, the overall crime rate was flat, and fires killed just 64 people, the second lowest number of fire fatalities since 1916, the mayor's office says. But the neighborhood crime numbers reveal several trouble ... More >>
Bloomberg aims to help the young black and Latino men he has been throwing in jail for a decade
After a federal judge ruled about what the fee will be to take it, the FDNY opened up the filing period for its newest exam to become a firefighter. From last Friday, until September 15, 2011, candidates can apply here to take the new exam. Meanwhile, in an effort to do something about the ... More >>
Meet the black candidates who aced the FDNY's supposedly racist entrance exam—and still can't become firefighters
Good news for all of those drug-addled New Yorkers who are more likely to get murdered: at least they don't have to worry about burning to death in a fire! The FDNY says that for the second year in a row, the city is on track to set a record low for fire fatalities. Which means New Yorkers f ... More >>
Former NYFD Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta was deeply involved in the Deutsche Bank debacle that cost two firefighters their lives. Now a change has come: Salvatore Cassano is commissioner. And he, says Wayne Barrett, is even more deeply involved. The posters for Gary Marshall's new film ... More >>
It's snowing, you're trapped at home or office or somewhere in between, but you still have the Web, so check out these 20 selected stories on New York City's billionaire mayor, Mike Bloomberg, by two relentless reporters, Tom Robbins and Wayne Barrett: Meet the New NYC Fire Commish, Salvatore Cassa ... More >>
And the new Fire Commissioner is -- Salvatore Cassano! Awright, we win the pool! Cassano is 64, FDNY's Chief of Department (highest ranked uniformed officer), a 40-year veteran, and a former soldier. He has spoken for the department on controversial issues like anti-terrorism protocol. He w ... More >>
Victims' families say yes.