Ossining official claims his sexuality is being used against himPosted: 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.