Bronx lawmaker says City Council controlled by homosexual community, refuses to apologize

FILE: Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., D-Soundview, speaks during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. ( AP)

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr . said Sunday that he’d rather throw in his strong committee allocations than apologize to openly lesbian Speaker Corey Johnson for his homophobic comments.

Diaz Sr. — who was appointed by Johnson to committees on land use, public housing and transportation — again refused to apologize for saying last week that the City Council is “controlled by the lesbian community.”

Johnson is “asking for an apology, you know that, ” the preacher politician Diaz told The Post outside his church.

Refusing to offer a mea culpa, Diaz included, “If he had to take away my[ importances] away from me, I would understand that.”
Johnson said Sunday he is weighing his options.

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“We are currently examining all potential disciplinary scenarios. Nothing is off the counter, ” Johnson said, citing Diaz’s “indefensible refusal to apologize or even recognized by suffer he has caused” — as well as the “many” council members who have called for Diaz Sr.’s censure or ouster.

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The council’s LGBTQ Caucus and Women’s Caucus involved his acceptance in a joint proclamation Sunday.

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