ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on comments made by a New York City hedge fund manager that compared a black New York state lawmaker to the Ku Klux Klan (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denouncing comments from a top political donor who said a black New York state senator was worse than the Ku Klux Klan because of her support for teachers unions.
The Democrat released a statement Friday calling Daniel Loeb's comments "deeply hurtful and offensive."
Loeb, a billionaire hedge fund manager, wrote an online post in which he said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, had done more damage to "people of color" than anyone who ever "donned a hood," an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan. He later deleted the post and apologized.
Loeb is a leading charter school supporter.
Stewart-Cousins' spokesman said Loeb should be "ashamed of his disgusting comments."
A billionaire hedge fund manager has apologized for saying that a black New York state senator has "done more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood" because of her support for teachers unions.
Daniel Loeb issued a statement saying he regrets the language he used in the Facebook post about Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat. The post was an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan. It was deleted late Thursday.
Loeb is a top donor to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a leading charter school supporter. Top Democrats denounced his comments. Cuomo's spokesman called them "entirely inappropriate."
Stewart-Cousins' spokesman said Loeb should be "ashamed of his disgusting comments," adding that they speak volumes about the state of New York politics.