FULL RECORDING: Listen to the entire racially charged recording

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After being caught on tape verbalizing racist slurs, one candidate and Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) official is on the defensive.

Joe Mascia, a commissioner of the BMHA, spoke to News 4 about the comments, expressing shame and apologies.

“The person caught me at a weak moment saying things that I shouldn’t have said. People who know me know that’s not who I am, that’s not what I say or how I say it. I feel terrible,” Mascia said.

He admitted to targeting several prominent black Buffalo Politicians, including Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council President Darius Pridgen.

On Thursday, Pridgen responded, saying if Mascia wins the Common Council seat, it will be a challenge to work side-by-side with him.

“I would say it would be difficult and it would really take me tapping into my faith to be able to accomplish the task of working with Mr. Mascia,” Pridgen said.

FULL RECORDING | Listen to the entire recording below, or click here if on the News 4 app


At just over a minute and a half of speaking, the caller and Mascia turn their conversation to black politicians, specifically Mayor Byron Brown, and that’s when racial slurs start to be used.

  • Paul Christopher: What is he?
  • Joe Mascia: He’s a F****** N*****.
  • Paul Christopher: What is he?
  • Joe Mascia: So who did you hear that from about the Mayor leaving in May?
  • Paul Christopher: Christopher responds with a name that is difficult to understand.
  • Joe Mascia: What does he know?
  • Paul Christopher: What is he?
  • Joe Mascia: Him? He’s a F****** camel jockey.
  • Paul Christopher: What is Darius?
  • Joe Mascia: Oh he’s another N*****. F***** N*****s.
  • Paul Christopher: What’s Leonard Williams?
  • Joe Mascia: N******.
  • Paul Christopher: What’s Mike Seamen?
  • Joe Mascia: N*****, he’s a W******.
  • Paul Christopher: What’s Dawn Sanders?
  • Joe Mascia: Oh, she’s a F***** dumb N*****.
  • Paul Christopher: What is she doing with the card?
  • Joe Mascia: She and her girlfriend Crystal Peoples and getting her girlfriend Collins as the new uh Chancellor? Bob Bennett is out! Them N******s take over man. Hey, Heastie says whatever Crystal Peoples wants, so F***** N******s man. I told you, once they get in power, forget it, they want it all.

At this point in the conversation, talk turns away from Buffalo politicians and to other matters of politics and the BMHA.



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