Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano is New FDNY Commissioner

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And the new Fire Commissioner is -- Salvatore Cassano! Awright, we win the pool!

Cassano is 64, FDNY's Chief of Department (highest ranked uniformed officer), a 40-year veteran, and a former soldier. He has spoken for the department on controversial issues like anti-terrorism protocol. He was born in Carroll Gardens, went to City Tech, and lives on Staten Island.

Cassano inherits from former boss Nicholas Scoppetta a recession-era Fire Department that is cutting Engine Company manpower and looking at cutting firehouses.

There had been some talk that a black woman named Mylan Denerstein was being considered for the job, which treated by the New York Post in their traditional manner ("the first blazes she'll have to put out will likely involve sexism and racism -- over her own appointment"). "New Fire Commissioner Has a Penis," reports Daily Intel. Also said to have been in the running was Philip Parr, a former FDNY battalion chief who moved on to FEMA and worked the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans.

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