Fernando Cabrera wins the position of senior religious adviser at the town hall

Former Bronx councilman Fernando Cabrera has finally landed a role at city hall — where the controversial pastor will serve as senior religious adviser in the new Office of Faith and Community Partnership.

Mayor Eric Adams confirmed the nomination in a statement late Monday shortly after Cabrera posted a lengthy mea culpa on Facebook for his past anti-gay remarks.

“Fernando Cabrera has acknowledged the pain his past comments have caused and has apologized for the words he used,” Adams said in the statement announcing the hiring. “I heard and accepted his apology.”

Cabrera, who is the pastor of New Life Outreach International Church, was initially a leading candidate for the mayor’s office of community mental health — formerly known as ThriveNYC, a source told the Post.

But after an intense backlash from the LGBTQ community, a city hall spokesperson earlier this month denied that Cabrera was wanted for the starring role.

Cabrera took heat for a 2014 YouTube video in which he praised Uganda’s notoriously homophobic government.

He cited those past comments in his apology and said at the time that he “was unaware of the Ugandan government’s egregious treatment of the country’s LGBTQ+ population.”

The city council’s LGBTQ committee criticized Cabrera’s nomination because of his personal opposition to same-sex marriage.
Councilman Fernando Carbrera/Fac

“My remarks were made in the context of a move towards multi-party elections, but with limited information. I understand how these words have led some to believe that I condone and support the Ugandan government’s historic denial of the civil and human rights of their LGBTQ+ population, but nothing could be further from the truth,” he wrote.

The 57-year-old police officer told the Post in 2019 that he personally opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, but respects the law of the land.

He took that position one step further in a Bronx Chronicle op-ed last year during his failed bid for Bronx borough president.

“I wholeheartedly support and respect the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and respect the right of every New Yorker to marry the person they love and choose to enter into a partnership,” Cabrera wrote. “This matter is an established law of the land. Period.”

The Council’s LGBTQ caucus spoke out against the appointment of Cabrera’s religious adviser.

“This man is a fanatic…his appointment to a taxpayer-funded position is an affront to us as individuals and as a caucus, and would be an insult to LGBTQ New Yorkers,” the group said. legislators.

Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal LGBT Democratic Club, also trashed the nomination.

“The mayor gives the LGBT community the middle finger and tells us we’re no good hiring Fernando Cabrera,” Roskoff said.

New York Post

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