GOP campaign worker fired over alleged racist comment

VALLEY STREAM - A campaign worker for County Legislator John Ciotti (R-Valley Stream) has been let go for allegedly making a racially charged remark that was caught on tape.

The worker, identified as Vincent Prisco, of Valley Stream, was putting up posters for his candidate Saturday in front of the headquarters of Ciotti's opponent, Carrie Solages.

When asked by Solages' sister, Mickey, to take the signs down, Prisco can apparently be heard saying, "Don't worry, we will put them on the back of the bus where they belong."

Mickey Solages, who videotaped the encounter, says Prisco was aggressive and attempted to intimidate her. She now wants both Prisco and Ciotti to apologize.

Douglas Mayers, of the Freeport-Roosevelt chapter of the NAACP, says more action needs to be taken in the aftermath of the incident.

"I would like District Attorney Kathleen Rice to really look at this," he says.

Rice has released a statement saying that her office is looking into the incident.

Prisco, who works at the District 6 Sanitation Department in West Hempstead, apparently took the day off to hang the posters. His supervisor says the Sanitation Board will be looking into what happened.

For the complete video of Vincent Prisco making the racially charged remark, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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