The New York Daily News reports:
Mayor Adams has named a controversial pastor with a history of anti-gay views to a top post handling immigrant affairs. The Rev. Erick Salgado, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 2013 on an anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage platform, will serve as an assistant commissioner in the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, a spokesman for Adams confirmed Thursday night.
Salgado, who’s worked as an evangelical pastor in southern Brooklyn, has long espoused anti-gay views and associations. In 2013, he carved out a short-lived lane for himself as a conservative Democrat in the mayor’s race by criticizing “mortal sins” like abortion and homosexuality and was endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-same sex marriage group. He also organized a march in the Bronx to protest gay marriage in 2011, the same year New York legalized the practice.
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As I reported earlier this week, Adams is also considering awarding a “faith-based” post to anti-LGBT pastor and former NYC Council member Fernando Cabrera.
I attended the above-cited 2011 march in the Bronx, where hate group leader Brian Brown spoke to the crowd and where a pastor declared (in Spanish) that homosexuals are “worthy of death.” [Video below.]
In 2013, I reported that NOM endorsed Salgado’s bid for NYC mayor. Salgado earned less than 3% of the vote in the Democratic primary.
NEW: @NYCMayor has picked Erick Salgado for a top immigrant affairs post despite the pastor’s long history of anti-gay views.
This comes amid word that Adams is still looking to also hire anti-gay ex-Councilman Fernando Cabrera.
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) February 18, 2022