Mark Cuthbertson Resorts to “Política Sucia” At Hispanic Heritage Celebration Event
The Huntington Hispanic Heritage Celebration took place on October 18th at Huntington Town Hall. The event, sponsored by the Town’s Hispanic Task Force honored 13 outstanding high school students as part of the celebration. The Town Board members were in attendance and spoke at the ceremony. Mr. Cuthbertson, who was introduced by Supervisor Frank Petrone, used the event to single out and disparage Councilman Mayoka and Councilman Cook and called upon the audience to boo them when their names were mentioned. He spoke in Spanish so that his colleagues on the town board could not understand what he was saying. Those remarks may be found by clicking on the video below:
The event was not supposed to be political in nature as many fine young students were being honored for various acheivements.
Long time former Huntington School Board member Rich McGrath, said “geez it’s supposed to be an event about kids, why would you do that? I am sure Mark Cuthbertson knows in retrospect it was a knucklehead move. But we all know if Gene Cook or Mark Mayoka had made similar remarks, there would be a press conference demanding their resignations”.
One of the event sponsors, Xavier Palacios, stated that he was very disappointed by all of the politicial remarks that were made at this event. He said some people approached him afterwards saying “what was that all about?”