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FDNY commissioner says department needs to diversify ranks

New York City's fire commissioner acknowledged Tuesday that "the department had failed" to diversify its ranks, where 4 out of 5 firefighters are white and fewer than 60 of the nearly 11,000-member force are female.

"We still have a way to go," said Commissioner Daniel Nigro, appointed in 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat.

Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by Crain's New York Business, Nigro said "there are many thousands" of black, Latino and other minority New Yorkers who wo

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