Ossining official claims his sexuality is being used against him

Posted: Updated:

An Ossining official formally came out as gay last week after he says his sexuality was being used against him.

At the village board meeting, Ossining Trustee Omar Herrera formally came out as gay, saying a number of Ossining officials have called him a fake Christian. He says they threatened to use his sexuality against him, as well as the financial struggles he faced in his early 20s.

"I never thought in 2019 my sexuality and being gay would be used against me," said Herrera.

Herrera told News 12 he wouldn't let fear stop him from addressing a number of controversial topics, like rent control, police assisting ICE and racial issues.

Herrera would not reveal their specific names, but said it was a number of village officials on numerous occasions who made these threats.
However, at the Sept. 18 meeting, Mayor Victoria Gearity said his message seemed to be directed at her.

"I assume it's me. If it's not me, then please be clear about who these allegations are against," said Gearity.

Herrera, however, said Gearity was not being called out. He is not seeking re-election.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."