Bean Counters Are Worried
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, CITY HIRING AUTHORITIES have been under the gun for not having enough city residents, especially those in the minority classifications, on the city's fire department rolls. So they have taken a couple of measures that may well give distinct advantages to the residents on the next entrance examination which is sheduled for Tuesday, November 19.
It has long been a requirement that any applicants for a city job must have been residents of the city for at least 90 days when applying. Consequently, suburban wannabe's in the past established a temporary residency 91 days ahead of the deadline in order to qualify for the very desirable job with the BFD. That maneuver has now been thwarted along with the previous policy of giving the exams on Saturdays.
The Buffalo News reports:
(T)he upcoming exam wasn’t announced until after the deadline for moving into the city had passed. The Nov. 19 test, which falls on a Tuesday, also breaks with the tradition of holding exams on a Saturday, which made it easier for individuals with job or school commitments to take the test.
City officials announced the November exam on Aug. 19, only 61 days before the Oct. 19 deadline to submit an application to take the test.
"The bottom line is we want city residents, and the new firefighter contract says you have to live in the city your entire career," Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said. Whitfield said the test was delayed because of the time needed to formulate questions and to obtain federal approval under a court order overseeing the hiring of minorities.
So far, 822 people have applied to take the test.
Once the hiring list is certified, it will be in effect for four years.
A statement from the IAFF Local president to the News said:
"The city has some good candidates, but by this exam announcement you’re limiting and eliminating the potential of the best-qualified candidates the City of Buffalo can recruit," said Daniel M. Cunningham, president of the Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, Local 282. "I think they just want city people to take the test."
Things are upset further with a new requirement that all new hires will be required to live inside the city for the duration of their working careers.
Read the full story in The Buffalo News HERE.
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