A Rochester dentist and his wife accused of hosting a racist party last month that some city firefighters were forced to attend are defending themselves against the accusation.
Dr. Nicholas Nicosia and his wife, Mary, say through their attorney they have lived in and supported a diverse Rochester community for decades. Dr. Nicosia asked for patience before anyone rushes to judgment. The full statement says the allegations of racism are "false and malicious" and the couple will respond "fully and completely" in the coming days.
The complaints about the racist nature of the party began surfacing last month...and last week, Firefighter Jerrod Jones came forward to announce he was offended after being forced to attend the party by his superior, Captain Jeffrey Krywy. He is suing the city, saying officials didn't do enough to address his concerns about the party, which allegedly mocked the Juneteenth holiday that honors the end of slavery in America.
Captain Krywy took early retirement this week after being told by the city he would be let go for showing a serious lack of judgement.