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 involving alleged discrimination in hiring. After hearing this, Judge Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, who happens to be presiding over that case in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, decided to invite the Mayor to give a deposition. The Judge ruled last week that the FDNY’s tests were discriminatory, outraging conservatives and racial obsessives; Garaufis describes the Mayor’s testimony as “new evidence.” “I normally give depositions when asked,” says the Mayor.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 6, 2009