- Last Updated: 4:07 PM, March 18, 2013
- Posted: 12:59 PM, March 18, 2013
The first-responder son of city Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano resigned today after The Post revealed his history of racist, anti-semitic writings.
Mayor Bloomberg said EMT Joe Cassano has stepped down from job after his “offensive” online rants were exposed.
“I found the messages offensive,” Bloomberg said.
“It is my understanding that he has chosen to resign from the fire department. I think that’s the appropriate thing and I’ll leave it there.”
Salvatore Cassano apologized for his son's rants.
“I am extremely disappointed in the comments posted online by my son Joseph, which do not reflect the values – including a respect for all people – that are held by me, my family and the FDNY," Commissioner Cassano said.
"I have worked hard for many years, as have so many people in the agency, to make the FDNY more diverse and inclusive. There is no place - and I have no tolerance - for statements that would harm the good reputation we enjoy due to our honorable service to all New Yorkers."
The disappointed dad said he still loves his son, despite this ugly incident.
“As a parent, this is very painful for me, but I believe my son has made the right decision [to resign]," Salvatore Cassano said. "I love him very much and, with the support and love of our entire family, we will get through this together.”
The Post reported this morning Joe Cassano’s long record of using Twitter to complain about his EMT job. On Feb. 3, Cassano tweeted: “Getting sick of picking up all these obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”
Cassano even once tweeted: “I like jews about as much as hiter.”
The young EMT apparently isn’t much of a fan of President Obama’s health-care policies.
Posted from his Twitter account, @jcassano15, he tweeted: “Gotta love people with the iPhone 5 and brand new Jordan’s whip out their benefits card #f--kobama #ipaidforyourstuff.”
In another tweet, he Cassano complained, “Got kicked in the shin by a drunk and had to carry a 275 pound guy down 5 flights of stairs . . . my job is the worst #yearandahalftogo.”
Before last November’s election, Joseph Cassano vowed to “move to Scotland” if Obama were re-elected.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he posted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
Joseph and two other scions of FDNY brass are among 100 new hires at the EMS — where about 40 percent of personnel are minorities.