BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Joe Mascia said he plans to fight back and challenge his suspension.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown suspended the Buffalo Municipal Housing Commissioner after its board of ethics forwarded a request for his suspension and termination.
City officials say Mascia faces numerous personnel policy and ethics violations.
This all started when a recording surfaced in July of Mascia making racist remarks about the mayor, common council president, and other politicians.
Mascia said he has apologized and that the audio does not speak for his years of service to tenants.
“What we want to do is focus on the campaign and move forward. It’s obvious that things like this happen two weeks before a campaign. Our feeling is that they’re always trying to influence the outcome of an election,” he said.
The suspended commissioner will go in front of the board for a hearing either in September or October.
He said the law firm Hurwitz and Fine will provide a hearing officer.
Masica said he plans to continue running for a seat on the Buffalo Common Council.