New York City mayor Eric Adams has appointed a controversial pastor with a history of anti-gay views to a top post in his administration handling immigrant affairs.
A spokesman for Adams revealed Rev. Erick Salgado, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 2013 on an anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage platform, will serve as an assistant commissioner in the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
The spokesman made the announcement on Thursday evening.
Salgado for his part is happy and proud of his latest appointment.
“I am proud to serve in this administration under the leadership of Mayor Adams and share his long-held values of tolerance and inclusion,” Salgado said in a written statement.
“My views have evolved as society has evolved. As MOIA assistant commissioner, my mission will be to lift up immigrant communities across our city, including LGBTQ+ immigrants, who often face barriers to accessing needed services,” Salgado added.
Sources said Salgado, who’s worked as an evangelical pastor in southern Brooklyn, has long espoused anti-gay views and associations.
According to reports, in 2013, he carved out a short-lived lane for himself as a conservative Democrat in the mayor’s race by criticizing “mortal sins” like abortion and homosexuality and was endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-same-sex marriage group.
It was learned that Salgado also organized a march in the Bronx to protest gay marriage in 2011, the same year New York legalized the practice.