Yonkers F.D. commish apologizes for fiery comment

Yonkers Fire Commissioner Tony Pagano is apologizing for some fiery comments he made in front of new recruits, including the first female firefighter in the department?s history.

While speaking to a class of newly hired firefighters, Pagano admits he used a common term for the male anatomy when talking about the courage it takes to do the job. Some people agree that Pagano's comment was inappropriate because he leads a department of 400 firefighters, which now includes one woman.

After five years of trying to get hired, Lianne Navedo finally joined Yonkers? bravest in September. However, it took a court order to end the 100-year tradition of the Yonkers Fire Department being all male.

Navedo accepted the commissioner's apology and just wants to put the whole matter behind her. Pagano confirms there is a complaint on file with the Yonkers Human Resources Department, which is investigating. The commissioner says he will accept whatever the consequences might be.

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