New York City Mayor Eric Adams is set to name a controversial former Bronx councilman to run the rebranded $1.5 billion mental health initiative.
Sources said Adams is set to appoint Fernando Cabrera, whose 11-year City Council tenure ended on Dec. 31, to run the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health — the agency formerly known as ThriveNY.
This early appointment of Cabrera already received some backlash from the LGBTQ community.
The LGBTQ community is not happy with the appointment of Cabrera, who serves as the pastor of New Life Outreach.
International Church, due to his 2014 YouTube video in which he praised the notoriously homophobic government of Uganda.
Allen Roskoff, head of the Jim Owles LGBT Liberal Democratic Club said Cabrera’s record makes him ill-suited to head any city agency.
“Fernando Cabrera is a homophobe and a bigot and has no place in government,” Roskoff said.
“This is the most egregious appointment I can think of a politician making. It’s outrageous,” Roskoff added.