An aide to City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has been fired after the New York Post reported that he served time in federal prison for tossing a burning rag into an empty Army recruitment office in protest of the Iraq War. David Segal, who has been Rodriguez's spokesman since last March, did six months in jail and four months on house arrest for the crime he committed at age 19, but said he indicated on his job application that he had a past conviction. "He is a very hardworking person during the time that he's been in my office," Rodriguez told Policker today. "I didn't know about any crime that he did or that he spent time in jail in the past and he's being relieved from my staff."
"I've found other ways that I think I can give back to society and advocate for working and middle class people, specifically when it comes to housing or jobs and education in the city," said Segal. "I think I've added something positive to the city while I've been doing that. I apologize to anybody who is disappointed in me in light of all this and to anyone who disagrees with my past."
And just in case he has any radical anger left underneath that acceptance, Council Minority Leader James Oddo is on watch, telling the Post, "If I see anything ablaze in his hands in or around City Hall, he will have a hell of a lot more to worry about than jail."