BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB)- Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Commissioner Joe Mascia told News 4 his recent suspension isn’t stopping him.
“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, that something like this is released. Our feeling is that they’re always trying to influence the outcome of an election,” he said.
Mascia is running for a seat on the Buffalo Common Council, but now he’ll also have to go in front of a Housing Board in September or October to learn his fate.
Mayor Byron Brown wants him terminated, after a video came out in July showing the BMHA Commissioner making racist remarks about the Mayor and other officials.
Brown said he was approached by the Housing Commission’s Board of Ethics, asking for Mascia’s suspension and eventual termination.
Mascia apologized for the remarks, but the Mayor said that’s not enough.
“It’s not about apologizing to me or any individual. It’s about the impact of his comments and his actions on the residents of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, that we elected to represent. And the impact of his comments and his actions on the larger community,” Mayor Brown told News 4.
Mascia said despite that video, he’s done important work for the city.
“What needs to happen is people need to realize that what I do as Commissioner, I’m fighting everyday for the people who live in housing,” he said.
Mascia will receive counsel from the Hurwitz and Fine law firm.