Boynton Beach’s vice mayor on Tuesday asked a resident who has been labeled a white supremacist — after comments she allegedly made at a meeting — to step down from her volunteer position on an advisory board.
But she refuses.
Vice Mayor Justin Katz emailed Cindy Falco-DiCorrado asking her to resign, and less than two hours later, Falco-DiCorrado emailed back with her response — no.
Residents have accused Falco-DiCorrado of spewing racial slurs at them at the Dec. 5 commission meeting when the city’s leaders discussed whether to become a sanctuary city at the request of Commissioner Christina Romelus. They decided against it. But now the officials are fielding emails about Falco-DiCorrado, who opposed Romelus’ pursuit, and are asking for her to be fired from the Community Redevelopment Agency advisory board.
The City Commission has the power to pull her from the board. That conversation will likely happen at the next commission meeting, Dec. 19.
The board members make recommendations to the CRA board, comprised of the City Commission, on redevelopment and other agency business in the Heart of Boynton. The CRA is tasked with removing slum and blight.
Resident Mathi Mulligan said Falco-DiCorrado told him to speak “better English,” and allegedly told black residents “you’re lucky we brought you over as slaves or else you’d be deported, too.”
Mulligan added: “We will keep pressing on until the City Commission fires this white supremacist from a job that gives her direct power over the lives of people of color.”
Resident Adam Wasserman, who supported Romelus’ idea of a sanctuary city, called Falco-DiCorrado a racist and said she “should not be in this position of power.”
Katz wrote in an e-mail to Falco-DiCorrado:
“While you and every other American have a right to hold certain views, now matter how offensive; you do not have a right to serve on a city advisory board and espouse patently racist and prejudicial comments to other residents at meetings. Your comments are not representative of the City of Boynton Beach and only serve to injure our great city and it’s budding reputation as a growing and inclusive community.”
In her email to Katz, Falco-DiCorrado said she is not a racist and doesn’t feel the accusations against her are cause for her to step down.
“I do NOT believe in Slavery as my ancestries like yours were the first slaves for over 400 years at the hand of many Pharaoh’s. (sic) in Egypt,” she wrote. “I stand with Moses Let MY PEOPLE GO!!! I stand with Martin Luther King :I have a dream. That dream I believe was for all mankind to realize that we are created in the image of God and that we are all from the same race, yes , The Human Race. How this got misconstrued and blown out of proportion is beyond me.”
Falco-DiCorrado told The Palm Beach Post on Monday she was misunderstood. She said she has an adopted son who speaks with a Spanish accent and a husband who speaks with an Italian accent and tells them to speak better English.
She said she doesn’t recall what she said regarding slavery, but meant it with a benign interpretation, that “out of hardships you can rebuild again and there are blessings.”
She said she’s willing to meet with whomever she has offended one-on-one to end what she has described as a “lynch mob.” She said she’s been harassed through emails and is starting to feel threatened.