The Yonkers City Council’s Democratic majority leader was accused of threatening violence against a fellow council member. This allegation emerged following a vote earlier in January, where the leader’s position was unsuccessfully challenged.
According to multiple sources speaking to The Journal News, Councilwoman Tasha Diaz made an uncouth remark about Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac, who had voted to remove Diaz from her leadership role during a local council reorganization meeting on January 2.
“I need to get out of here before I slice this b—h’s throat,” one source claimed Diaz said while still inside the council chamber.
Shortly after, in the council president’s office, another individual claimed Diaz repeated her desire to harm Pineda-Isaac, this time mentioning slitting her neck.
Nonetheless, Diaz managed to keep her position during the reorganization vote.
Councilwoman Pineda-Isaac, also a Democrat, filed a detailed complaint with City Hall about Diaz’s alleged comment.
“Imagine how I felt being made aware of that,” Pineda-Isaac wrote of the throat threat. “Imagine coming to work and having to sit next to someone who has made such violent remarks.”
Pineda-Isaac’s complaint also included other aggressive remarks Diaz allegedly made about her in recent months. She claimed that she had overheard Diaz referring to her as a “backwards b—h” and threatening to “smack the taste out of [her] mouth.”
Responding to these allegations in a statement to The Journal News, Diaz claimed that Pineda-Isaac’s complaints were “retaliatory” but did not deny having made such remarks.
“In politics and while fighting for the residents of my district, I often speak hyperbolically as I am very passionate for fighting for the people of my district,” Diaz said.
“Language taken out of context does not give the full picture and is mainly used as metaphors. If language used has ever offended anyone, I apologize.”
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