Publicly apologize and resign from your position
  • Petitioned Easthampton (Massachusetts) City Councilor-at-large Donald Cykowski

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Easthampton (Massachusetts) City Councilor-at-large Donald Cykowski

Publicly apologize and resign from your position

    1. Lauren Marcous
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Marcous

      Easthampton, MA

On Dec. 7, 2011, Easthampton (Massachusetts) Councilor-at-Large Donald Cykowski made a racist comment at a City Council meeting. The comment came about when Councilor-at-Large Ronald D. Chateauneuf briefly left the room during a discussion about his appointment to the Planning Commission and the door automatically locked behind him. When he was called to come back into the meeting he had trouble opening the door, to which Cykowski said, “Where’s a Puerto Rican when we need one?”

On Dec. 21, 2011, Councilor Cykowski attempted to apologize to his fellow council members and those who were present at the City Council meeting, saying “I made a statement. If I offended anyone, I apologize." Cykowski failed to explain what he meant by the statement; failed to acknowledge that the statement was racist; and failed to admit to any wrong doing whatsoever. Essentially, he apologized for other people "misunderstanding" him-- not for the racist statement he made.

We cannot accept a city councilor who publicly (or privately) makes racist statements and potentially harbors racist sentiments toward Puerto Ricans and other people of color in our community. City Councilor Cykowski has shown no remorse for the statement he made nor has he shown any remorse for the negative impact the statement has had on people of color in our community. Cykowski's statement and feigned apology are beyond offensive. Such egregious behavior cannot, should not, and will not be tolerated from our local government officials.

Councilor-at-large Cykowski should publicly apologize and resign from his position immediately.

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    • Robert Cranston EASTHAMPTON MA, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      It's pretty simple here, this guy is your typical racist in the Polish community of Easthampton/Western MA.

      Not only that, but you can rest 100% assured that this is his reflections of people (not just miniorities, but people that aren't Polish) amongst his friends and family, and it's regular talk and thoughts amongst his inner circle on a daily basis.

      It's time to step down here, Cykowski...I'll refrain from showing you any sort of respect by calling your "Sir" or "Mister," just remove yourself and keep your old, racist, and foolish thoughts to yourself.

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      • over 2 years ago

      The comment that was made cannot be tolerated and as a Puerto Rican will not accept the apology. In reading what he said in his apology...it says IF I offened anyone..yes he did offend me. I leave those reading this with this quote from MalcolmX We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary."

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    • Scott Burns CHICOPEE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      We can not tolorate such insensitive remarks from an elected official in a public meeting. Mr. Cykowski should have thought about the repercussions and public outrage over his comment before he made them. Now he must answer to the voters and residents of Easthampton who are trying to collect the required 400 signatures to remove him from office. If he really does have his town's best interests in mind he will either take a much bigger effort to show he is more tolerant of other people with public action between now and the next election or resign in shame, and hopefully take it as a learning experience.

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    • Mitzi Bevan COCONUT CREEK, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      If you hold a position in public office represent EVRYONE equally or get off!

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    • Jose Cajigas AKRON, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      This person have had a life opportunity to make a difference in our America instead he has chosen to fall under the minority group of those who dont represent America. Puerto Rican will take care of him with the elections, Puerto Ricans are the number one group in terms of population among Hispanics/Latinos in MA.

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