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FDNY commissioner's son resigns after 'racist' tweets discovered: Officials

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The fire commissioner's son resigned from his EMT job Monday after racist and offensive tweets he sent drew headlines and forced an apology from his dad, the department said.

Joe Cassano, 23, son of FDNY comish Salvatore Cassano, left the job after just three months over the tweets, according to officials. The commissioner said he was disappointed in his son's behavior and that he thought the resignation was the "right decision."

"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," Cassano said in a statement. "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."

Cassano went on: "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."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a news conference yesterday morning that he "found the message offensive," and that he also agreed with the resignation.

"It is my understanding that he has chosen to resign from the fire department," Bloomberg said, according to published reports. "I think that's the appropriate thing and I'll leave it there."

The younger Cassano hadsent anti-Semitic and racist tweets from his Twitter account @jcassano15, which has since been shut down. The tweets were published by the New York Post Monday, forcing the quick resignation.

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