FDNY boss sent anti-Semitic, homophobic texts about embattled underling, court papers say
The boss of a New York City firefighter allegedly wrote anti-Semitic and homophobic text messages about his embattled underling, according to court papers.
Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Michael Durkin of the Bureau of Fire Investigation allegedly sent a 2017 text message to someone else within the department referring to Jewish firefighter Jonathan Cummings as a “c–shot” and calling him “a Jewish wash woman,” court papers filed in Putnam County last week say.
Cummings — who investigated the fire that broke out on the set of Ed Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” that lead to firefighter Michael Davidson’s death in March — has allegedly faced bogus disciplinary charges for disagreeing with the fire report’s assessment of what caused the blaze, the court documents say.
“The FDNY is covering up the death of Michael Davidson — in order to protect the Movie company,” the court filings claim.
Cummings’ dad, retired Scarsdale cop Ronald Cummings, notified the city and the FDNY last month the he planned to sue them for confiscating six handguns in an alleged scheme to retaliate against his son.
Last week, Ronald filed court papers seeking the return of the weapons, in which he revealed the content of the text messages.
“The scourge of anti-Semitism continues to be embraced by the upper echelons of the FDNY,” Jonathan’s attorney, Peter Gleason, told The Post.
FDNY said of the text message, “The department will look into the allegation.”
The city Law Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
Durkin did not immediately return a voicemail message.
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