Buffalo County Official, Candidate Goes on Racist Rant

A commissioner on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority who is also a candidate for the city council was recorded going on a racist, slur-filled rant but says he won’t step down and won’t pull out of the council race because it was “out of character” for him to do that.

In an audio recording obtained by The Buffalo News, Joseph A. Mascia can be heard complaining to a former employee about Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Dawn Sanders-Garrett, who was Mascia’s boss at at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

During the one-minute profanity-laced recording, Mascia manages to use the N-word eight times.

“The f*cking n*****s, man,” he tells the employee as the recording ends. “Once they get in power, forget about it. Forget it. They want it all.”

On Wednesday, Mayor Brown called on Mascia to step down as resident commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

But Mascia refuses to do so, saying that what he said was “out of character” for him:

“The statement was totally out of character,” Mascia wrote in an email apology. “I have deep regard and respect for the individuals mentioned in the recording and apologize to them personally and profusely. It is my hope that they will accept my sincerest apologies and forgive me for my weakness in that moment.”

“Regardless of my frustration at the time, there is no excuse for the language that I used. I will continue to fight for neighborhoods that have been neglected and people who have been ignored,” he continued. “I have no intention of interrupting my progressive, inclusive vision for our city and the Fillmore district. As always, I will make myself available to the community to discuss this or any other issue related to the Fillmore district or my candidacy.”

Mascia is the Erie County Conservative Party’s endorsed candidate for the Buffalo Common Council candidate. He has also entered a three-way Democratic Party primary for the post.

No, see, if it was out of character for you, you would not have said it. The simple fact that you said it proves that it is, in fact, within your character, or lack thereof, to say it. Here’s the audio, with the slurs edited out, unfortunately.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    It would be out of character for me to go off on a bigoted slur-filled rant. So you know what you can safely bet money on? That I will never go off on a bigoted slur-filled rant.

  • busterggi

    “It is completely out of character for me to say such things when there is a recording device anywhere within a mile of me.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Okay, first of all, a white person complaining to someone about a bunch of urban [*wink wink*] Americans* is not raci…[checks party affiliation of Mascia]… Whose party is the party of racism now, hmm? Checkmate, Democrats!


    * Mayor Byron Brown, black

    Council President Darius Pridgen, black

    Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, black

    Dawn Sanders-Garrett, [picture not found]

  • whheydt

    Hmmm…. If that’s how he gets when frustrated in his current job, one can only imagine what he’ll say as a council member, where the frustration level ill probably be a lot higher. I recommend that he *not* consider a career in diplomacy.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    It would be completely out of character for me to spit on him.

  • http://www.jafafahots.com Jafafa Hots

    Just a clarification… that would be an Erie County official.

  • http://www.jafafahots.com Jafafa Hots

    Oh… and BTW, I just moved back here after several years in the SF Bay Area and elsewhere.

    It was always a conservative area, but I see in just one month since getting back that it had become only more so.

    You should see the signs people have in their yards… not even about issues in an upcoming election.

    This area has a declining population, has had for decades, yet while the city itself grows more and more abandoned and turns into urban prairie, the housing explosion never stopped – rural and suburban areas have houses going up like gangbusters… and this is an area that missed every economic boom… there was no ot-com or real estate boom here… the economy has been depressed since the late 1960s.

    But yet with fewer and fewer people and more room in the city, those who stayed here are still building houses in what were woods, (but yet shoulder-to-shoulder, no privacy) and riding 4x4s the 100 yards to their mailboxes, and SUVs to the Walmart.

    Erie County is one of the most segregated counties in the USA… and yet white flight is still going on, people fleeing from the inner-ring to outer ring suburbs… the outer-ring suburbs growing into the rural areas faster than ever… and the fleeing whites being people who probably have never even met a non-white person.

    If NY state didn’t have NY City, it would be redder, more solidly conservative than Georgia.

  • Sastra

    Uh huh. If it were REALLY “out of character” he’d be making multiple appointments with a lot of doctors. There are indeed conditions where people say and do things which simply don’t fit in with their personalities and it’s very alarming. Brain tumors will do it, as will things like alzheimers , dementia, strokes, and so forth. “Frustration” simply doesn’t fit into that category. No go.

  • caseloweraz

    Mascia is the Erie County Conservative Party’s endorsed candidate for the Buffalo Common Council candidate. He has also entered a three-way Democratic Party primary for the post.

    I would more readily believe that it’s out of character for a Conservative Party candidate to run in a Democratic Party primary contest for the same position.

  • John Pieret

    Jafafa Hots:

    I went to college in Buffalo in the late 60s and early 70s. Doesn’t sound like anything’s changed.