Taxpayers are on the hook for de Blasio’s FDNY diversity push

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What happens when a biased federal judge, who couldn’t care less about taxpayers, teams up with an ideologically driven mayor? Jane and Joe New Yorker pay through the nose.

That’s what’s still happening with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s settlement of a 2007 lawsuit claiming FDNY entrance exams discriminated against minorities.

As The Post reported Sunday, Mark Cohen, who was tapped by Judge Nicholas Garaufis to monitor the FDNY diversity reforms he ordered, has socked the city with $23 million in bills over his seven years on the job, with the tab swelling from $1.6 million in 2012 to $4.9 million last year.

That’s on top of the $98 million that de Blasio agreed to when he settled the case soon after taking office. After all, he’d slammed both the FDNY and the NYPD as racist in his 2013 campaign.

Yet the case has always been dubious.

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