Slap Fight of the Day: Wikileaks vs Pernicious G

NJDhockeyfan5/20/2014 8:28:28 am PDT

Good grief… another racist politician exposed. This one doesn’t want to resign.

Nassau Dems, civic activists call on Birnbaum to resign

Civic activists joined Nassau Democrats Monday as they kept pressuring a Democratic county legislator to resign over accusations that she made racially derogatory comments.

…Birnbaum, a former Town of North Hempstead intergovernmental director, has apologized and called her comments “insensitive.” But she has refused to resign from her elected post, which pays $39,500 a year.

…Former Nassau Legis. Robert Troiano, a North Hempstead official, read an account of Birnbaum’s remarks, which he said came from a “collective recollection” of people who heard them directly. She was speaking to staff attorneys and was overheard by an aide to Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury).

“She said, ‘Why would anyone want to go there?’ Then … she added, ‘It’s a bad neighborhood,’ and ‘It’s a ghetto’ and … ‘It’s full of those black people,’ ” Troiano said Monday.

“She then … whispered, ‘Come on, who from the rest of the town is going to go there? After all, mostly black people live there,’ ” Troiano continued. “She later added, ‘All they want to do is play basketball.’ “

Asked about Troiano’s account, Birnbaum said, “Those are not my words.” She added, “I did not use ‘ghetto.’ “