New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano is doing his best to get his 23-year-old son into the family business. Joseph Cassano currently works as an FDNY EMT “in an apparent bid to fast-track his promotion to firefighter,” the New York Post reports, but the kid isn’t doing himself any favors, using Twitter to publicly broadcast his various prejudices against black people, women, Jews, and his job. “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,” he tweeted last month. And that’s one of the delicate ones.
Some other assorted Cassano wisdom in 140 characters or less:
“MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
“News flash to half of the island, ur white! Stop talking like ur a shwoog.” (Yes, shwoog means what you think it means.)
“I like jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
The FDNY, of course, is notorious for its lack of diversity and the EMS program, of which the younger Cassano is a part, is meant to address those concerns: “EMS members get first crack at joining the FDNY as firefighters under new federal diversity rules that put them ahead of ‘open competitive’ applicants to the Fire Academy,” the Post reports. But it also works for nepotism — Joseph and two others in the 100-person new class are the sons of FDNY leadership.
“I regret posting some comments that were offensive, especially since I enjoy my job and treat every patient with great care and respect,” said Cassano this morning through an FDNY spokesperson.
The @jcassano15 account has been deleted, but lives on through Google. And he made the last tweet count: “I really don’t worry if I make alot of money in my life, as soon as I can buy my wife new tits ill be a happy man.”
Update: Little Cassano is set to resign over the above tweets, the Post reports. “I found the messages offensive,” said Mayor Bloomberg today. “It is my understanding that he has chosen to resign from the fire department. I think that’s the appropriate thing and I’ll leave it there.”