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NYC billionaire suggests black NY senator is worse than KKK

NYC billionaire suggests black NY senator is worse than KKK (WRGB)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denouncing comments from a top political donor who said a black New York state senator was worse than the Ku Klux Klan because of her support for teachers unions.

The Democrat released a statement Friday calling Daniel Loeb's comments "deeply hurtful and offensive."

Loeb, a billionaire hedge fund manager, wrote an online post in which he said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, had done more damage to "people of color" than anyone who ever "donned a hood," an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan. He later deleted the post and apologized.

Loeb is a leading charter school supporter.

Stewart-Cousins' spokesman said Loeb should be "ashamed of his disgusting comments," adding that they speak volumes about the state of New York politics.

AP-WF-08-11-17 2137GMT

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