New data dispels charges of racism in Buffalo’s fire exam – The Buffalo News


The Buffalo firefighter exam is coming up May 1, but the Common Council’s immediate focus is on finding someone to administer the psychological portion and re-evaluating 41 potential recruits rejected during the last hiring process on the recommendations of the city’s former psychologist.

About a dozen African-American applicants – most for the Fire Department – complained to a Council committee in late February that they passed other parts of the fire or police test but were removed from eligibility lists after a 10- to 15-minute verbal psychological exam that they felt had racial undertones and was biased against them because they are African-American.

However, numbers obtained from the city by The Buffalo News through a Freedom of Information Law request do not bear…

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