Looks like race will continue to be a hot issue with the FDNY. According to the Daily News, a black FDNY electrician allegedly found a noose outside of his work locker over the weekend.
The News reports that the electrician, Gregory Seabrook, was one of four black FDNY electricians who “filed complaints with the New York State Division of Human Rights, charging the Fire Department overlooks minority electricians for overtime opportunities and promotions.” (Our favorite reader comment so far on the News story: “Why is this a racial incident anyway? Was there a note attached saying anything Racial? Or, is it an ASSUMPTION, that it is Racial???”)
As the Voice reported in December, race has long been a point of contention within the fire department. Though the city is a quarter African American, less than 4 percent of its firefighters are black. The U.S. Department of Justice, along with the New York Vulcan Society, won a suit against the city last year in federal court, which commanded the city to change its hiring test and practices. However, given that the city is instituting staffing cuts in firehouses, it’s unlikely any of those hiring changes will be implemented anytime soon.
We’ve reached out to Seabrook’s attorney and will update with more details after we speak to him.