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City Tech Alumnus Salvatore Cassano Appointed FDNY Commissioner

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Salvatore Cassano, a 1970 graduate of New York City College of Technology’s associate degree program in Fire Protection, was appointment the 32nd Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department on December 21, 2009. He had been outgoing Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta’s right-hand man since 2006, when he was appointed to the highest uniformed position in the FDNY.

In making the appointment, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg praised Cassano as bringing “a lifetime of unmatched experience to the task of managing the world’s greatest fire department. We are choosing Sal not just on the basis of that very impressive record, but even more important, because of Sal’s vision for the future of the FDNY.”

Cassano is well-respected by departmental rank-and-file personnel and takes over a department in transition and one that has rebuilt itself following the losses it suffered on  9/11 and more recent budget cuts. In accepting the appointment, Cassano, who turned 65 this month, promised to “continue to build on what has made us successful, while always looking for new ways to improve.”

Unlike his predecessor, Cassano assumes the office of Commissioner after serving the FDNY since 1969, when he joined the force as a firefighter at a Lower Manhattan firehouse. He went on to rise through the ranks and was named chief of operations after the collapse of the World Trade Center, which claimed the lives of 343 FDNY personnel.

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