Staten Island Advance
May 8, 2013


GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota apologizes for remarks about Port Authority cops

By Frank Donnelly
Staten Island Advance

NEW YORK -- Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota has apologized to Port Authority police officers for calling them "nothing more than mall cops."

The former MTA chairman said he regretted his "unfortunate characterization." He said it was "an inappropriate answer that does not accurately reflect the hard work of its officers."

Lhota made the disparaging remark at a mayoral forum Tuesday while responding to a question about sex trafficking through JFK Airport. The Port Authority runs the airport.

The remark was criticized by police unions and other mayoral candidates.

Lhota made his apology in a press release Wednesday

It's not the first time Lhota has had to apologize for a remark he's made.

Several months ago, he apologized to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for referring to him as an "idiot."