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The Call Blog: Mayor De Blasio Names New Fire Department Commissioner

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Soon-to-be Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro was a guest on this program a few years back. And when I hosted "New York Tonight" after 9/11, he was a frequent guest. I like him. I found him to be honest, thoughtful, and emotionally invested in our city. Let's hope I'm right.

Mayor de Blasio's four-month search for a new fire department commissioner ends with a 32-year veteran. Queens resident Daniel Nigro will lead the FDNY after retiring in 2002 as the highest-ranking uniformed member of the department. He began his career as a firefighter in 1969, and led the FDNY through rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center after the September 11th attacks.

Nigro will replace Commissioner Sal Cassano, who was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2009. One of his challenges will be to continue to integrate the FDNY, whose members are nearly all male and 90 percent white. Mayor de Blasio said today he is impressed by Nigro's "vision for the future of this department." What do you want to see?

Do you approve of the selection of former FDNY Chief of Department Daniel Nigro to serve as the new commissioner? What changes would you make to the fire department? Are you pleased or disappointed with Mayor de Blasio's appointments of commissioners to lead the City?

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Time for Cassano to go - he was part of the problem.

Midtown East

Hi John

I'm pleased with the Mayor's appointments to lead the city, i hope the new fire commissioner would hire more minorities and more women to the FDNY. He should also appoint someone to go around to every apartment building and private house to make sure everyone have a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors those are very important to have, i also want him to improve the time it takes for a EMT to get to a sick or injured person, some people could still be alive today if it wasn't for the EMT's slow response


Hi John,

I’m curious to know why this Daniel Nigro decided to come back after being replaced by Cassano in 2009? What can his visions be for the future? Everyone is a puppet. Make no mistake about it. Where is the police commissioner? Where does he hang out. This administration needs to regroup and get their act together. DeBlasio and the council spend to much money and each council member has cart blanche with monies for their districts. Can anyone get in on that deal?

Thank you John,


DeBlasio. Is there no other subject worthy of coverage on The Call? I'm bored with the blather and the regressive actions of this knothead. The quicker he is out of office, the better NYC will be.

Port Richmond, SI

Chief Nigro was quoted as saying he is rejoining the NYFD to "give back." Would he like to explain why he retired when he did, in 2002? Was he one of the many officers who are said to have retired in 2002 because, with all the overtime they made working at "the pile"in 2001-2002, they couldn't afford to continue working because their pensions are based on final pay and with the 01-02 overtime would be twice what they would otherwise have gotten.

If he WAS one of those NYPD officers, does that mean he will go easy on suggestions that maybe NYFD people should work a bit longer before they "retire" and perhaps contribute something towards the very generous lifetime healthcare benefits they receive for themselves AND their families?

Ellie - Turtle Bay

Commissioner Nigro was the only Fire Chief that served as an EMS Chief as well. He learned much more than any other Chief about the the entire job and not just the fire side. His experience on both sides of the wall will benefit the whole department and the city. A good choice.


Once again the threat of political correctness seeks to trump common sense.
when you consider the enormous weight a fully equipped( starting with air tanks and a host of large tools) NYC firefighter has to carry ( while probably dragging a hose) and possibly climbing up 5,10 even 20 begin to understand that physicality is as important as mental acuity.

There should not be a different test for women or and race has no place in consideration. Tests should be "dumbed down" or made easier on any level for any in all things in this world the one and only scale for both acceptance and promotion for candidates where one is very likely to save another s life ..........would you prefer to be carried out of a burning building by a 240 lb trained and fit man or a 160 lb trained and fit woman?

Allen from Manhattan

I think this mayor is appointing a large number of Latinos to try to get a second term because there's politics going on because ther's no reason why this mayor should have changed every commissioner that Mayor Bloomberg had in place. It seems to me he's a racist because he's placing all commissioners of Latinos. It's political.

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