Former Brooklyn City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, who has stirred controversy for remarks decried as anti-immigrant, is set to take over the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, multiple people familiar with the move told THE CITY.

Cumbo was an outspoken supporter of Mayor Eric Adams during the election, appearing on-stage with him during his primary-night party and frequently campaigning on his behalf.

But she has had to explain and apologize in the past for comments made and positions taken during her eight-year tenure in the Council, capped with her opposition in December to a bill allowing some non-citizens to vote in local elections.


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