County legislator under fire for disparaging remarks about county executive

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County Legislator Cathryn Borgia is under fire after referring to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's actions as something a Nazi would do.

Local lawmakers and religious leaders came together Wednesday to demand an apology and called her statement completely inappropriate of a public official.

The controversy stems from a private email between the Democratic majority leader and her supporters that was made public. In the email, Borgia likens the county executive's recent actions relating to his veto of the Immigrant Protection Act to those of a Nazi saying, “It's the classic ‘Big Lie’ technique. All clever Nazis use it.”

"There's a lot of this stuff going on nationally, and we can't let that kind of incivility come here to Westchester,” said Astorino.

Some religious leaders say an apology simply isn't enough, and that further disciplinary action should be taken against Borgia.

"I will call on the legislative body to censure this majority leader, not just ask for her apology,” said Bishop Nathan Edward, former president of the United Black Clergy.

In a statement, Borgia apologized for using provocative language. She went on to double down on her claims that Astorino was promoting misinformation in order to distract people from the issue at hand: protecting undocumented immigrants.

Astorino says the proposal would put innocent people at risk, making Westchester a breeding ground for crime.

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