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    Fire Department's 16 hires praised
    AARON LEO aleo@ctpost.com

    "BRIDGEPORT ó Sixteen people, including nine Hispanics and five blacks, have been hired as city firefighters ó a class of recruits that a minority firefighter group called "history in the making."

    The rookies, part of a diverse class that also includes three women firefighters, were among the top scorers on the Fire Department's entrance exam administered in 2002.

    They are training at Joseph Elias Fire Training Center in Fairfield before they begin rotating through the city's fire stations, City Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs said.

    The new hires are paid a base salary of $37,742. They are on probation for the next year, Jacobs said, as they complete their training. Ranked first on the hiring list was Samuel Muhammad.

    Other new hires, in order, were Montique Pettway, Nancy O'Donnell, Nathaniel Quiles, Pedro Gonzales Jr., Charles Deer, David Rivera, Erwin Ayala, Sheilyan Santiago, Robert Errichetti, Anthony W. Hayes Sr., William Alicea, Franklyn Green, Richard Rivera, Luis M. Mazza and Ronald Reed.

    They were officially hired April 3. The hiring list expires two years after the date of the first hire.

    Jacobs said he does not know if more will be hired.

    Ron Mackey, president of the Firebirds Society, which serves black firefighters, said the rookie firefighter class is "history in the making" because it contains nine Hispanics and five blacks. Of those minority candidates, three are women.

    "This is the largest class of black and Hispanic firefighters in the city's history to join the Bridgeport Fire Department without being ordered by a court order," said Mackey, who is black and a retired Bridgeport firefighter.

    In the 1970s and the 1980s, several lawsuits by minorities resulted in the city hiring more minorities as firefighters and scrapping a promotion exam for lieutenant.

    Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by 19 white firefighters contesting the 2002 test scores is wending its way through the federal court system.

    The suit seeks to have the scores tossed out and to halt further hiring.

    It was not clear what would happen to the 16 rookies if the suit succeeds.

    The test being challenged in the suit was administered Sept. 14, 2002. The previous test was held in 1997."




    I also wonder if its history in the making hiring someone who isnt even a U.S. citizen.


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    let's not forget the one who used his fathers address to get the 10 resident points( and lived out of state), the one who was tardy once and awol once already or the one who beat the crap out of his 14 year old sister 4 days before he started.i could imagine the stuff we don't know about this group.time to put a lock on my locker.

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    Where do I start. Mr Leo, if a person is not a US citizen or can not prove that he or she does not have papers when applying for a position then who should hire him or her? Unless a person is told that they have until they are hired like getting a license or they must be 18 by the time they accept the position, what does Mr. Jacobs have to say about that?or has that information been made prevy to you by FOI or a friend? what is clear it doesn't matter what happens with that case in court those 16 hires have a job. If the 19 other happen to win their case then the city will be paying out alot of money again. Won't be the 1st time.

    An address being used by someone who lives out of town! and that's new???? What is the penalty for being tardy or AWOL? Whatever it is then that's how it should be handled. That's the problem when discipline isn't given out at the proper time. Leave people on the line to judge. As for the one who allegedly as you say beat the crap out of his sister, was there an arrest??? any police involvement???? The stuff you don't know about this group is no different than the stuff you still don't know about your own. You should had put the lock on your locker long time ago!

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    YEAH MAAAAAANNN!!!!!!one!!!11!!!!el eventy!!!!!

    Dude, are you serious? You can't possibly be sticking up for the hiring process of the most inept hiring body in the state of CT. I am all for allowing the disadvantaged being given a shot, even being given a better shot . . . seeing as how they have it worse off. They should absolutely be allowed every opportunity to make a better living, even being given more points and allowances on civil service exams, but don't for a second think that Bridgeport's "landmark" hirings are of any significance or precendent setting. The political nature of Bridgeport makes it a laughingstock. As do the hirings, and the promotions. Ony in Bridgeport can a person involved in the SLAYING of a 14 year old girl be rewarded with a job with the town.

    The rest of logical society spits on you, sir.

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    Hey OstateSHFD




    Were did you get your information? What new Bridgeport Firefighter recruit listed below was involved in the slaying of a 14 year old girl? I think you are a little boy just starting a rumor. All of the 15 Bridgeport firefighter recruits passed there background checks with the Bridgeport Police Department with flying colors were your proof? Were the arrest report? What is the recruit name? As for the one who allegedly as you say beat the crap out of his sister, that was just a rumor there no police report it never happen. The U.S. citizen firefighter recruit he has the right be a firefighter there was no rule in place saying he canít take the test and the recruit who used his fatherís address who cares his father was on the job for 30 years show so class. This class is history in the making not because itís all minorities recruit class but because its the best recruit class the City of Bridgeport Fire Department ever put on. Just ask your Fire Chief Brian Rooney and stop posting rumors


    The new recruits who all passed there background checks
    Montique Pettway
    Nathaniel Quiles
    Pedro Gonzales Jr
    Charles Deer
    David Rivera
    Erwin Ayala
    Sheilyan Santiago
    Anthony W. Hayes Sr
    William Alicea
    Franklyn Green
    Richard Rivera
    Luis M. Mazza
    Ronald Reed
    Nancy O'Donnell
    Robert Errichetti

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    The rumor of a recruit beating up his sister, is a fact. Members of BFD responded to the scene, where told by the father that his son had done it and that he was coming on the job. He was worried what the incident might do to his son's chances of getting the job. Why is there no police report? I can't answer that, ask the investigating BPD officer. Maybe it was just a misunderstanding. There is evidence that BPD respond to that home for a disturbance. Every class has had it's share of winners and loosers. Time will tell how good this class really is.
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    Default Rooney picked to lead BFD

    Bridgeport stays home for new fire chief
    Rooney confident despite complaints from minorities
    SUSAN SILVERS ssilvers@ctpost.com



    BRIDGEPORT ó Nearly 34 years after he joined the Bridgeport Fire Department, Brian P. Rooney has climbed the ladder to its top job.
    "It's been a long, arduous process," Mayor John M. Fabrizi said Thursday in announcing that he had selected Rooney, the provisional chief since February 2005, as the department's full-fledged top administrator.

    The lengthy process of selecting a new fire chief began when Michael Maglione left the post to become Waterbury's chief early last year.

    Fabrizi said Rooney fit the bill as "someone with extensive experience leading an urban Fire Department, who is passionate about fire safety and prevention and who has a demonstrated record of achievement."

    Rooney ranked second among the three finalists for the chief's job after a nationwide search, and was the only one from the local ranks.

    Thirty-two people had initially applied for the job.

    The other two finalists were Daniel Andrus, a fire battalion chief in Salt Lake City, who ranked first after a battery of tests and interviews, and George Morgan, a retired battalion chief in Howard County, Md. Morgan supervises fire protection for Northrop Grumman, a large defense contractor.

    The final choice, however, was Fabrizi's to make from the three finalists forwarded by the Civil Service Commission.

    "I am overwhelmed with the confidence that the mayor has in my ability to manage the Fire Department," Rooney said.

    "It'll probably set in tomorrow or the next day," he said.

    A swearing-in ceremony for Rooney is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

    One of Rooney's immediate challenges could be mending relationships with the city's minority firefighters.

    Two groups that represent black firefighters, charging he implemented budget cuts in a way that particularly threatened African-Americans, criticized his role as provisional chief.

    They said the deaths of three members of a South End family may have been avoided




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    had Rooney not closed down an engine company as directed by the mayor to save money.
    A group of Hispanic firefighters also said they weren't impressed with Rooney's work.

    But Rooney said he is proud of his role in diversifying personnel at the city's eight fire stations and in appointing minorities to key department positions.

    But "you're not always going to please everybody," he said.

    Rooney said his immediate priority is to press ahead with the "Safe Asleep" program, which aims to ensure all city dwellings have smoke detectors, especially homes occupied by children under 14, the disabled, senior citizens and those with older, battery-operated detectors.

    Fabrizi said the new chief, who will serve a five-year term, will be paid a $102,793 salary ó the same rate as new Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood. It is the middle of the range for such officials, the mayor said, adding that until now Rooney has been paid at the bottom of the range at $97,960.

    Flanked by the six fire commissioners and the new chief, Fabrizi told a press conference that Bridgeport is an old industrial city with substantial housing stock that is decades old. He said he wanted to hire someone familiar with the city's conditions.

    As chief, Rooney will oversee a staff of 322 fire personnel and 16 civilians, and a budget of $21.8 million.

    A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Rooney joined the Fire Department on Sept. 9, 1972. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was a drill instructor.

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    Firefighter hopefuls claim violations
    AARON LEO aleo@ctpost.com



    BRIDGEPORT ó Several white firefighter candidates, already suing the city over the Fire Department's hiring practices, are trying to get three probationary firefighters disqualified from the job, claiming alleged city charter violations. But the city's Civil Service Commission this week rejected one of their challenges against rookie Charles Deer of Fox Street. Ralph Jacobs, the city's personnel director, would not disclose the three candidates' ethnic backgrounds. But most of the 16 rookies are black or Hispanic.
    "It's business as usual," John Bolton, one of the plaintiffs, said after the commission's decision Tuesday.
    He and two other candidates raised their complaints at Tuesday's commission meeting in City Hall.
    Bolton, one of 19 white candidates already suing the city for alleged faulty grading on the entrance exam, claimed Deer was not living in the city when he applied for residency points, which boost entrance exam scores for Bridgeporters.
    Jacobs said Bolton and the other candidates did not prove their charges against Deer.
    The white candidates also challenged rookies, Pedro Gonzalez Jr. of Park Street and Franklyn Green of Wilmot Avenue, on similar grounds.
    All three candidates' addresses were recorded by the Civil Service Department at the time they were ranked on the firefighter hiring list several years ago. The commission tabled Bolton's appeals involving Gonzalez and Green, and sent it to the city attorney's office for more study.
    Deer and Gonzalez could not be reached for comment Thursday. A telephone message left for Green was not returned.
    None of the three were home Thursday evening at the addresses listed by the Civil Service Department.
    Since the hiring of the 16 rookies, allegations have circulated questioning their eligibility and citizenship.
    One rookie is not a U.S. citizen, but



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    Jacobs declined to identify that person. The city attorney's staff is studying the citizenship issue.
    Jacobs agreed with Bolton the city's Civil Service rules and the city charter require U.S. citizenship for city jobs. He believes those rules were adopted as early as the 1930s. But federal law and the U.S. Constitution override those rules, except for police officers, Jacobs said.
    "The city would have to have extremely good justification," to bar a non-U.S. citizen from being a city firefighter or working in a non-police job, he said.
    However, non-citizens must follow the law and maintain their authorization to work in the United States, Jacobs noted.
    The rookies, who were hired April 3 and are paid a base salary of $37,742, are training on a testing site in Fairfield. They are slated to start work in city fire stations on a rotating schedule in June after they are sworn in.
    Meanwhile, the federal lawsuit brought by the white firefighters is scheduled to go to trial in summer 2007, Bolton said.
    Bolton and four others are tied for the 192nd slot on the firefighter hiring list. They are the highest-ranked among the plaintiffs.
    They seek to have the entrance exam scores tossed out and to halt further hiring. It could not be determined this week what would happen to the 16 rookies if the suit succeeds.
    The hiring test being challenged in the suit was administered Sept. 14, 2002. The previous test was held in 1997.
    Aaron Leo, who covers regional issues, can be reached at 330-6222.

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    New chief criticized, applauded
    AARON LEO aleo@ctpost.com



    BRIDGEPORT ó Brian Rooney, a 34-year veteran of the Fire Department, became the city's 15th fire chief Tuesday amid applause from supporters and criticism by the leaders of three groups representing black and Hispanic firefighters.
    Ten people carrying signs protested outside the City Hall ceremony.

    Rooney first took over the department on a temporary basis after Michael Maglione retired in February 2005 to head Waterbury's fire department. Mayor John M. Fabrizi chose Rooney, who was ranked second on the fire chief exam held by an independent consultant hired by the Civil Service Department, based in part on his long career in the Fire Department.

    "It's a great honor to be appointed the fire chief," Rooney told a standing-room-only crowd, including firefighters and chiefs from other communities.

    "I'm just as excited as you can imagine," he said. "I'm ready to provide the leadership the Fire Department really needs.

    "For the mayor to pick me as part of his team, I'm really impressed. I'm really proud," said Rooney, a Bridgeport native.

    "I was born here, raised here. I know the city well," he added.

    His daughter, Mardele Lorenson, pinned his badge on his navy blue dress uniform. Other members of Rooney's family also attended.

    After the testing process narrowed the field to three candidates, Fabrizi said his staff scrutinized them based on standards including dedication to fire safety and a "demonstrated record of achievement."

    "Brian Rooney has fulfilled those qualifications," Fabrizi said.

    Stuart Rosenberg, chairman of the city Board of Fire Commissioners, said Rooney's tenure in the Fire Department was a boon.

    "Rooney brought to the selection process what no one else did," he said.

    "Any time a homegrown member of the Fire Department can achieve the rank of chief, that says it all," he added.

    However, before the ceremony, critics blasted Rooney's credentials.

    Rooney has a high school diploma, while the first-ranked candidate has two bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees and a doctorate. The third-ranked candidate has an associate's degree in fire science and is a candidate for a master's degree.

    "And we choose a high school graduate," said Ron Mackey, a retired city firefighter and president of the Firebird Society, a group for black firefighters.

    Donald Day, another retired firefighter and president of the Northeast Region of the International




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    Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, said hiring one of the two rejected candidates would not have cost the city any more money.
    The fire chief is paid a $102,793 annual salary.

    The Bridgeport Hispanic Firefighters Association opposed Rooney because of an alleged connection to the Bridgeport Firefighters for Merit Employment, a group of white firefighters whose stated goal is to support the city's civil service rules in hiring and promotion based on merit.

    The three minority groups accuse the BFME of racism. Rooney has denied ties to the group.

    Day and Mackey added that Fabrizi should have followed civil service rules and picked one of the other candidates based on their credentials.

    Fire Inspector Ismael Hernandez III, treasurer of the Hispanic group, carried a sign accusing Rooney of helping to circulate a rumor that members of the Firebirds cheated on a lieutenant exam in 1999.

    The three groups had made the same accusation in February 2005 when Rooney was tapped as acting chief. Rooney's reply at the time was a vow to work with the groups.

    Rooney has a five-year contract with the city as chief; he is limited to two five-year terms. The mayor must reappoint him for the second term.

    Fabrizi defended the new chief.

    "Their comments are so shallow," he said of the critics. "To me, they're just looking for excuses, as usual."

    Fabrizi praised Rooney for his leadership in the Safe Asleep program, the goal of which is to place smoke detectors in every city home.

    Eleven people have died in fires in the city over about a year. In most cases, smoke detectors either didn't work or were absent.

    Ralph Jacobs, the city's personnel director, attended the ceremony and defended the test.

    The exam was designed by experts in testing for fire chiefs, he said.

    Rooney ranked second by "drawing on 34 years of experience," Jacobs said.

    The testing shows that education does not necessarily make a candidate the best choice for fire chief, he added.

    Aaron Leo, who covers regional issues, can be reached at 330-6222


    IMO: This is not the only area where the Mayor (Fabrizi) is using nepotism and putting in Dept heads who are friendly to him (his campaign) and not necessarily the most qualified.

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    Democratic official facing drug charges
    MICHAEL P. MAYKO mmayko@ctpost.com



    BRIDGEPORT ó A Democratic Town Committee member, whose mother is the chairwoman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, is charged by federal authorities with participating in a cocaine-trafficking ring run by two local businessmen.
    Shawn Fardy, 36, of Nutmeg Road, is charged with conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and using a telephone to facilitate a cocaine deal. Fardy spent several days in jail before his lawyer, Francis O'Reilly, convinced U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons to release him Monday.

    The judge ordered Fardy, the father of five, to live with his parents, Patricia and Andrew Fardy, in their Nutmeg Street home and not leave Connecticut while the case is pending. She also imposed a $300,000 bond secured by the equity in the parents' home.

    O'Reilly declined to comment on the case and advised his client not to talk.

    Fitzsimmons ordered a June 6 hearing to determine if there is probable cause for Fardy's arrest.

    However, it is expected that Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alex Hernandez and Felice Duffy will seek an indictment from a federal grand jury before then. An indictment constitutes probable cause.

    U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor confirmed Wednesday night that the investigation is continuing.

    Fardy and his father, Andrew, were both elected to new terms earlier this year to the Democratic Town Committee.

    Andrew Fardy, a retired firefighter who specialized in arson investigations, once served on the city's Parks Commission.

    Patricia Fardy, Shawn's mother, is the chairwoman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

    The federal evidence against Shawn Fardy includes at least four conversations, recorded from a wiretap, in which Fardy allegedly discussed and ordered cocaine from an accused drug trafficker, Juan Marrero of Bridgeport.

    A federal court affidavit filed by Bridgeport Police Sgt. Juan J. Gonzalez alleges that Marrero told investigators that he "regularly provided cocaine to Fardy, who would in turn distribute cocaine to his customers."

    Marrero and his brother, Victor "Slick Vic" Marrero of Trumbull, along with their family, operate Marrero's Restaurant and Absorb Discount Liquor, both on East Main Street.

    The two brothers were among nearly two dozen people arrested last year on federal charges involving trafficking in cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana. The investigation, however, dates back at least to 2004.

    Among those previously arrested were Jeffrey Streck, then a Bridgeport police detective who has since pleaded guilty to the oxycodone conspiracy, and Anthony Erodici, a state corrections officer who pleaded not guilty to participating in the cocaine-trafficking conspiracy. Rumors of Shawn Fardy's involvement with the Marreros surfaced soon after their arrests. But he was never charged until now.

    He has six prior state convictions dating back to 1990, when he paid a $150 fine for possession of marijuana. On Jan. 16, 2001, he was convicted of possession of narcotics




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    and sentenced to 18 months in prison, which was suspended to three years of probation.
    Despite his arrest last week and release from custody, Shawn Fardy attended Tuesday night's Democratic Town Committee meeting, several members said. Mayor John M. Fabrizi said Wednesday that he was not aware Shawn Fardy had been arrested.

    Fabrizi said he knows the Fardy family. He said he's in the process of nominating Andrew Fardy to serve once again on the city's Parks Commission. Fabrizi said news of the son's arrest would not alter his plans to place Andrew Fardy on the Parks Commission.

    "It will have no impact," Fabrizi said.

    Still, the mayor said he's disappointed to learn of Shawn Fardy's arrest.

    "You never want to see people get in trouble," he said. "It's disappointing. I'm a parent, and I know this is rough on the parents."

    Fabrizi said he did not "hang out" with the younger Fardy, and knew of him because of his parents.

    "I know a lot of people in this city. But I didn't know him personally," Fabrizi said.

    Asked if Shawn Fardy should resign from the Democratic Town Committee, Fabrizi said he should if he's convicted of a crime.

    Fabrizi said he may have gone to Marrero's restaurant on East Main Street, but he wasn't sure.

    "I think, three years ago, I had lunch at a Marrero restaurant."

    Democratic Town Committee Chairman John Stafstrom expressed surprise Wednesday when told of Fardy's arrest.

    "Obviously, when someone like this is arrested, it's never good press for the party, never good press for the city," Stafstrom said. However, he pointed out that a person is presumed innocent until convicted.

    Stafstrom stopped short of calling on Shawn Fardy to resign his Town Committee post. "I'd like to talk to him," he said.

    But Councilman Robert Walsh, D-132, didn't mince words in calling for Shawn Fardy to step down.

    "We don't need Town Committee members with charges as serious as these. It sends a bad message," Walsh said. The councilman suggested Fardy tender his resignation with a request that he be reappointed if he is cleared.

    Shawn Fardy is the latest Bridgeport Democrat in trouble with federal authorities.

    Earlier this year, former state Sen. Ernest E. Newton was sentenced to five years in prison for taking a bribe, mail fraud and filing false income tax returns.

    And Fabrizi's predecessor, Joseph P. Ganim, is serving a nine-year sentence after his conviction in March 2003 on several corruption counts, including extortion, bribery and racketeering conspiracy.

    Staff writer Bill Cummings contributed to this report.

    IMO:
    Rumor is Mayor John M. Fabrizi is involved with this cocaine-trafficking ring and is the next to go. Once again black eyes for City of Bridgeport itís always business as usual for the people who run the City of Bridgeport will it ever stop?

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    I have heard this same thing..that he used to be involved with the Marrero brothers..do you see his answer..Fabrizi said he may have gone to Marrero's restaurant on East Main Street, but he wasn't sure.

    "I think, three years ago, I had lunch at a Marrero restaurant."


    That in itself sounds like BS.

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