Mascia’s campaign manager resigns

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Joe Mascia’s campaign manager has resigned.  Katrinna Martin is stepping down just days after a recording was released where Mascia calls multiple African American leaders derogatory terms.

Mascia calls Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council President Darius Pridgen the n-word in the recording.

Mascia came forward earlier this week to apologize for his actions. As he did so, Martin, who is African American, stood by his side.

In the days since the apology, Pridgen took to social media.

“We have had people, both black and white, give their lives for the equal treatment of our people [African Americans] and that is what that post is coming from,” says Pridgen.

Martin had her own response for Pridgen. On her Facebook page, she wrote to Pridgen, including screenshots of his posts about her, and she writes “Black pride isn’t selective” and also talks about how the campaign team has been through so much.

Pridgen says he is done talking about the situation and he isn’t taking the blame for Martin’s resignation.

Mascia released this statement after receiving news about her resignation.

“Katrinna is an amazing person. Handled the situation with grace and poise. Very professional and will be missed. I still consider a friend and I hope she does me.”

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