Albany Round-up

March 29, 2012

NY Senate flares up over 'dumb' racial comment

ALBANY — A black Democratic New York state senator has used Twitter to deride recent budget negotiations as "three White guys in a room making all the decisions."

The Republican majority leader, who is white, promptly called the tweet "dumb."

Brooklyn Sen. Kevin Parker tweeted his comment while Majority Leader Dean Skelos was praising the budget talks on a live radio interview.

Parker tweeted: "Three White guys in the room making all the decisions. Of course that what Skelos wants."

When questioned by reporters, Skelos called the comment "dumb."

Parker referred to the talks by Skelos, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, all of whom are white. They met by telephone and in closed-door session to negotiate the state budget.

Parker did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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