A charter school advocate and major donor to Gov. Cuomo made racist remarks on Facebook about Senate Democratic Minority Leader, according to a report Thursday.
The 55-year-old investor serves as the chairman of the Success Academy charter school network board of directors.
His statement, apparently referencing the Ku Klux Klan, also applauded Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein and others who “stand for educational choice and support Charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack (sp.) kids.”
The Times article told of a recent confrontation between Cuomo and Stewart-Cousins, who represents a portion of Westchester County.
“You see my black skin and a woman, but you don’t realize I am a suburban legislator,” the 66-year-old lawmaker reportedly told the governor during a private meeting.
“In 2017 it is outrageous and offensive that this type of language is used by someone with such wide political influence,” Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy told the Daily News. “Daniel Loeb should be utterly ashamed of his disgusting statements. This whole episode speaks volumes about the state of our politics right here in New York.”
The comments come at a time when Cuomo, who is set to seek reelection next year, has been taking heat from the left wing of the Democratic party for not doing enough to unify the fractured Senate Democrats and could face a primary.
The Dems have 32 members in the Senate, enough for a majority.
But it does not control the chamber thanks to eight breakaway Dems known as the Independent Democratic Conference, led by Klein.
The group is aligned in a leadership coalition with Republicans plus Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who actually caucuses with the GOP.
Loeb and his wife have donated more than $170,000 to Cuomo, according to state records, The Times reported. He also pledged $500,000 to a super PAC backing Jeb Bush in 2015 and $700,000 to another PAC that bolstered House Republicans last year.
“We have no connection with these comments whatsoever and in our opinion they are entirely inappropriate and have no place in the public discourse,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said.
Loeb, who removed the post from Facebook, chalked up his words to his fervent belief in school choice.
“I regret the language I used in expressing my passion for educational choice,” he said in a statement. “I apologize to Senator Stewart-Cousins and anyone I offended.”