Salvatore Cassano Likely Pick For Next Fire Commissioner in New York - October 25, 2009

Sal Cassano is the odds on favorite to be named Fire Commissioner, replacing the soon to be departing ineffective fire commissioner, Nicholas Scopetta. Nothing official has come out because Mayor Bloomberg is in the midst of a campaign for Mayor but he is the odds on favorite to win.

Appointing Cassano would put someone in charge with experience in the department.

Cassano was appointed a New York City firefighter in November of 1969. He was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant at Ladder 113 in Brooklyn, where he also served after his promotion to Captain in 1984. He continued to rise through the ranks as Battalion Chief (1987), Deputy Chief (1993), Deputy Assistant Chief (1999) and Assistant Chief (2001), working in various assignments throughout the city, including responsibility as the on-duty Citywide Tour Commander. He has been cited five times for bravery during his career. He was named Chief of Department in 2006. (From official press release in 2006)