Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo is openly questioning how so many Asian Americans are being accepted into public housing, reports the Observer.
Cumbo says with the one percent vacancy rate, it seems unlikely so many new residents would come from one ethnicity.
“I don’t know how to explain to the residents why their number hasn’t been called but they’ll see a large migration average of the same ethnic group,” she said. “It’s not as if it’s one person from this country, another person from that country. How does the authority handle certain situations such as that?”
Cumbo describes the large number of Asians as “something very valuable to our community” and denies she has anything against them.
“It was not my intention to offend the Asian community or any other cultural group that calls NYCHA home,” Crumbo said in a statement designed to clarify her earlier remarks.