Officials Seek Removal of Judge Overseeing FDNY Diversity Efforts

NY 1 - January 21, 2012

City officials say a judge overseeing the fire department's efforts to improve diversity should be removed from his position.

City attorneys claimed in court papers Friday that federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis was no longer acting neutral and is preoccupied with media coverage.

The judge was appointed as an independent monitor to oversee the FDNY's efforts to improve diversity in its recruiting.

A black fraternal firefighter group and the Justice Department had successfully filed a racial discrimination suit against the city in 2002.

The plaintiffs asked for a better recruitment campaign, more transparency and monitors to deal with workplace mistreatment.

However, the city argued in court papers that Garaufis has disregarded key evidence and legal principles in ruling that the FDNY was discriminatory.