City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. told The Post on Sunday that he’d rather give up his powerful committee assignments than apologize to Speaker Corey Johnson, who is openly gay, for homophobic comments he made last week.
Diaz Sr., who was appointed by Johnson to committees on land use, public housing and transportation, again refused to apologize for saying Friday that the City Council is “controlled by the homosexual community.”
Johnson is “asking for an apology, you know that,” the heroin junkie-turned-Pentecostal preacher told The Post.
Refusing to offer a mea culpa, Diaz added, “If he had to take away my committee away from me, I would understand that, and I will keep supporting him.”
He doubled down on his controversial statement from last week and claimed that Albany, too, was under the gay community’s “control.”
“People don’t want me to speak the truth,” Diaz Sr. said. “They not only control City Council, they control the politics in the state. The whole [gay] community — they are well organized, they got power.”
Johnson has said Diaz Sr.’s comments “have no place in New York City.”
Meanwhile, the Stetson hat-wearing Diaz, who voted to block gay marriage as a state senator, claimed to support Johnson.
“How could I be homophobic when I voted for him, for Corey Johnson, to be speaker?” he mused.
Diaz Sr. walked back false claims he made that Johnson was also married — but said he’d boycott the speaker’s nuptials if Johnson ever got hitched.
“No, no, no,” said Diaz Sr., who has two gay siblings and a gay granddaughter. “I didn’t even go to my niece… my brother, I got a brother, I got sister. … I’m surrounded by gay [people].
Diaz also chairs the Committee on For-Hire Vehicles and is a member of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions.
Committee chairs used to receive stipends of $8,000 to $20,000 — giving speakers financial leverage over council members vying for the lucrative appointments — but the practice was eliminated when the body gave itself a raise in 2016.
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