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File #: Res 0647-2011    Version: Name: Authorize NYC to enact a local law to grant point credits for NYC resident applicants who pass the firefighter civil service exam and to establish eligibility criteria for such credits.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Civil Service and Labor
On agenda: 2/2/2011
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to authorize New York City to enact a local law to grant point credits for New York city resident applicants who pass the firefighter civil service exam and to establish eligibility criteria for such credits.
Sponsors: Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., David G. Greenfield, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera , Margaret S. Chin, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, Larry B. Seabrook, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Robert Jackson, James G. Van Bramer, Ruben Wills, James Sanders, Jr., Inez E. Dickens, Diana Reyna
Council Member Sponsors: 23
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 647 - 2/2/11, 2. Committee Report - 5/25/11, 3. Hearing Testimony 5/25/11, 4. Hearing Testimony 5/25/11, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-26-11
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
5/26/2011ALeroy G. Comrie, Jr. City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/25/2011*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/25/2011*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Civil Service and Labor Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/25/2011*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Civil Service and Labor Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/25/2011ALeroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Civil Service and Labor Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/2/2011*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/2/2011*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 647-A
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to authorize New York City to enact a local law to grant point credits for New York city resident applicants who pass the firefighter civil service exam and to establish eligibility criteria for such credits.
 
 
By Council Members Comrie, Greenfield, Arroyo, Brewer, Cabrera, Chin, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Mealy, Mendez, Rose, Seabrook, Vann, Williams, Jackson, Van Bramer, Wills, Sanders Jr., Dickens and Reyna
 
Whereas, The New York City Fire Department ("FDNY") responds to more than 276,000 fire and non-fire related emergencies and more than 1.2 million medical emergencies each year; and      
      Whereas, The FDNY has approximately 11,200 uniformed fire personnel representing the Department; and
Whereas, The FDNY is the least racially diverse fire department in any major city in the United States and the least diverse agency in the City; and
Whereas, Although more than half of New York City's 8.2 million residents belong to a racial or ethnic minority, the FDNY's representation of Black and Hispanic personnel constitutes only nine percent; and
Whereas, In other major U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the representation of Black and Hispanic firefighters are 44% and 29%, respectively; and
Whereas, Despite minority recruitment drives dating back to 1994, the FDNY is still approximately 87% White; and
Whereas, The current racial minority composition of the FDNY is 3.8% Black, 7.8% Hispanic, 0.9% Asian; and
Whereas, Notwithstanding the FDNY's efforts to increase minority recruitment, the number of Black firefighters has actually decreased from approximately 6% of the force roughly two decades ago; and
Whereas, The current racial composition of the FDNY fails to come close to reflecting the diversity of New York City, which as of the last available U.S. Census data had a population that is approximately 27% Black, 27% Hispanic and 10% Asian; and
Whereas, The New York City Department of Administrative Services ("DCAS") is charged with administering all civil service exams for New York City agencies by New York State law and the New York City Charter; and
Whereas, Currently DCAS grants a points credit to applicants of the firefighter civil service examination who live in the City, however the criteria for claiming such credit are flawed; and
Whereas, As the indicia of residency that an applicant must provide to be eligible for the point credit are such that they may be easily circumvented, such indicia must be changed to deter attempts at avoiding them and subverting the purposes of the point credit which include the enhancement of minority recruitment; and
Whereas, The criteria that should be used for determining eligibility for a residency requirement should include, but are not limited to, having a mortgage in the applicant's name for the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; cable, gas or utility bills in the applicant's name for the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; checking or saving account statements in the applicant's name for the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; credit card statements in the applicant's name for the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; W-2 forms in the applicant's name for the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; high school diploma or transcript from a New York City school from the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; and General Educational Development credential from a New York City institution from the twelve-month period before the announcement of the examination; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to authorize New York City to enact a local law to grant point credits for New York city resident applicants who pass the firefighter civil service exam and to establish eligibility criteria for such credits.
 
 
 
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