Editor's Note: FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano has issued the following statement on the resignation of his son, Joseph Cassano, from FDNY as one of the city's EMTs.
“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. 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.
“As a parent, this is very painful for me, but I believe my son has made the right decision. I love him very much and, with the support and love of our entire family, we will get through this together.”
The first-responder son of city Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano has unleashed a sickening slew of tweets that target everyone from Jews to blacks to the poor.
Joseph Cassano, 23 — who yesterday’s Post revealed is working as an FDNY EMT in an apparent bid to fast-track his promotion to firefighter — regularly uses the derogatory term “shwoog” when referring to black people, and once tweeted, “I like jews about as much as hitler.”
He even openly gripes about his job, calling it “the worst’’ and ripping the people he’s paid to serve.
“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,” Joseph Cassano tweeted Feb. 3.
About a week earlier, the young EMT posted from his Twitter account, @jcassano15, “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.
EMS members get first crack at joining the FDNY as firefighters under new federal diversity rules that put them ahead of “open competitive” applicants to the Fire Academy.
Those rules were adopted after federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis found that the FDNY had for years discriminated against minorities.
As The Post exclusively reported yesterday, critics say the EMS gig allows Cassano and his well-connected co-workers a shortcut into the FDNY.
The young Cassano made it clear earlier this month that he wants to join the FDNY, tweeting, “I hate ems” and, “Everybody wanna be a firefighter, but don’t nobody wanna be a damn EMT.”
He has no love for the NYPD, either, tweeting in September: “U couldn’t pay me enough to be a cop, there’s absolutely no direction in that department and I’m very glad I’m going the other way.”
Early this morning, Joseph Cassano released a statement through an FDNY spokesman that said, “I regret posting some comments that were offensive, especially since I enjoy my job and treat every patient with great care and respect.” His father declined to comment.
The boorish tweets started before Joseph was even hired by the city.
“News flash to half of the island,” Joseph, who lives at home with his parents on Staten Island, posted in August. “ur white! Stop talking like ur a shwoog.”
In November 2011, Joseph laid into rapper Flo Rida after the performer sampled the song “Levels,” by Tim Bergling, in his own tune “Good Feeling.”