BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One thing’s for sure, Joe Mascia is resigning as commissioner of the BMHA. Or he’s not.
That’s as clear as it gets, unfortunately, as the call for his resignation — from the BMHA and from members of the Buffalo Common Council — grows louder by the day.
The call for his resignation was echoed again Monday during the BMHA Resident Advisory Board meeting.
Mascia’s future with the BMHA was scheduled to be topic A at that meeting. But board member Sam Smith called for a vote to hold off on that discussion because he said Mascia had told him he was planning to resign. And that he’d put ink to paper this morning to make it official.
But while he admits to having a conversation with Smith, Mascia says the contents were private, and that he has no intention of resigning as BMHA Commissioner. Mascia also called Smith’s statements about his resignation politically motivated.
“He said, ‘Yes, I’m going to resign,'” Smith said. “And we even talked about how he was going to do it. Now that he’s said that not only was misunderstanding what I said, but that I did it for political reasons, basically he’s calling me a liar.
“Now I fought for him in that meeting,” Smith added. “I defended him in that meeting. I’ve always, we were friends. And the door is still open for him to do the right thing. Right now. He needs to resign and do it with some kind of dignity and not drag the residents through this whole thing.”
Smith says he’s leaving the door open, and he hope Mascia walks through it — resignation in hand — so the BMHA can move on from what they’re calling a distraction.
Meanwhile, Mascia hasn’t responded to requests for comment about Smith’s statement made Tuesday.