L.I. Campaign Worker Caught on Video Making Racist Remarks

Nassau County legislator says worker should be fired

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    A volunteer working for a Long Island legislator made some racist remarks on video, and now his opponent is asking for a federal investigation. Greg Cergol has the story. (Published Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011)

    A Long Island politician wants one of his former campaign volunteers fired from his day job.

    Nassau County legislator John Ciotti says Vincent M. Prisco should be fired from his position at a sanitation facility.

    Prisco is seen on a video outside the office of the man opposing Ciotti for re-election. On the video, made by the candidate's sister, Prisco is heard making a derogatory remark about blacks. Prisco and Ciotti are white. His opponent, Carrie Solages, is black.

    Ciotti also says Prisco is no longer a volunteer.

    A Nassau prosecutor is investigating. The U.S. Attorney's spokesman declined comment Wednesday on a civil rights attorney's call for a federal investigation. A sanitation facility official declined comment, citing the DA's investigation.

    There was no answer at a number for Prisco.