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Breon Peace, left, appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Biden, was sworn in Friday by U.S. Chief District Judge Margo Brodie in Brooklyn.

Peace had been a partner at the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He worked in the white collar defense and investigations and litigation groups.

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The city filed an appeal last week contesting U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis’ finding that officials have intentionally discriminated against minorities trying to join New York’s Bravest and his appointment of a monitor to oversee all aspects of hiring for the next 10 years at least to remedy what he believes is systematic racial bias within the Fire Department.

Claiming that Garaufis has lost his objectivity, city attorneys want him removed from the case, his decisions reversed and a neutral arbitrator assigned to take over. The judge has ruled that the last three FDNY exams are biased, and blocked the city from hiring applicants who passed those tests.

The FDNY is seeking to hire a new crop of Bravest and will be accepting applications through Sept. 15. The exam they will take will be the first since a federal judge ruled that three previous tests were biased and ordered a hiring freeze until the problem was corrected.

The test is scheduled to be administered between Jan. 3 and Feb. 3, 2012. The current minimum salary for a firefighter is $39,370 annually, reaching $76,488 annually after five years of employment.