Veterans, many of whom were #minorities, burned by judge tossing ‘biased’ FDNY exam

(NY Daily News) Veterans who dreamed of joining the FDNY vented frustration yesterday with a judge’s decision to cancel a class of firefighters because he said the test they took was biased.

“The people who are supposed to be getting helped [by this ruling] could be the one getting hurt,” said Nafis Sabir, a 33-year-old African-American man who spent eight years in the Marine Reserves.

“I feel pretty frustrated,” said Sabir, one of 50 military veterans among the 312 candidates set to enter the department. “I didn’t see where the racial bias [was] coming from.

“If I never got to become a firefighter, I would have a pretty bitter taste in my mouth,” added Sabir, who was deployed to Kuwait in 2003.

Military veterans got extra points on the 2007 FDNY test that Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis threw out on Wednesday, saying it was discriminatory.

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