Town supervisor takes heat over comments made at Manhasset tree lighting

North Hempstead town supervisor Jon Kaiman is taking heat after publicly objecting to a priests prayer at the Manhasset tree lighting ceremony.

According to witnesses, Father Nick Zientarski from St. Marys Parish mentioned Jesus twice during the ceremony. Witnesses say Kaiman objected to the priest before saying to the crowd, "Excuse me, everyone. Please ignore what you heard. This is not, I repeat, this is not a religious celebration."

Kaiman has since apologized for what he calls "misplaying" the situation, but the political fallout has yet to be seen. Some residents say they will never again vote for the man they now call a "grinch." Others doubt the sincerity of his apology and say the situation is "political correctness out of control."

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