FDNY Rethinks Plan to Investigate Staffers Who Booed AG Letitia James

2024-03-15 10:00:50

We recently pointed out that the FDNY was vowing to investigate staffers who booed Attorney General Letitia James at an event, followed by chants of ‘Trump.’ Backlash from the public over the reaction from FDNY leadership was fast and intensely negative.

Now the FDNY is backpedaling furiously.

FOX News reports:

FDNY reverses course on ‘hunt’ for firefighters who booed Letitia James, cheered Donald Trump

Leaders of the New York City Fire Department have extinguished prospects for a “hunt” for rank-and-file members who jeered the Empire State’s Attorney General Letitia James when she took the stage at a ceremony last week.

“At no point has there been an investigation into members booing,” an FDNY spokesperson told Fox News Wednesday, appearing to contradict reports of an internal email from brass that generated half a week of bad press for the department…

The FDNY has already downplayed reports it was hunting anyone to begin with.

“Nobody is hunting anyone down,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told Fox News Digital in an email Sunday. “We’re looking into those who clearly broke department regulations. It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about professionalism at an official event held in a house of worship.”

The department further softened its language Wednesday.

“FDNY leadership is having ongoing conversations with our members about decorum during department events to ensure we are upholding the core values that make the FDNY the greatest fire department in the world,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “Being a NYC firefighter is an honor, and we will continue to impress upon our members that their actions impact everyone who wears the uniform.”

A pair of NYC lawyers had offered to represent any FDNY members who were targeted.

The New York Post reported:

NYC lawyers offer to rep firefighters for free if they’re disciplined for booing AG Letitia James

A pair of Staten Island lawyers offered Tuesday to represent any Big Apple firefighter for free if they get jammed up for booing state Attorney General Letitia James at last week’s raucous promotion ceremony.

Lawyers Mark Fonte and Louis Gelormino said the firefighters had the right to voice their support for Donald Trump and to lambast James, who has been prosecuting him — as FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh threatens to discipline the jeering Bravest.

“If you are being ‘hunted down’ by FDNY brass for exercising your freedom of speech contact our office at once,” the men’s firm, F&G Legal Group, wrote in a letter to the Fire Department’s rank-and-file.

“We always answer the call. We stand ready to assist New York’s Bravest,” the letter said.

The top brass at the FDNY clearly overreached on this.


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