Correction: Mayor-Facebook Flap story

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) — In a Nov. 27 story about an upstate New York mayor who referred to some voters as “retarded,” The Associated Press erroneously identified Fort Ann. It is a village, not a town.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Mayor refuses to resign after calling some voters ‘retarded’

New York village mayor says he will not step down and will run for re-election after he called people who vote for Democrats “retarded”

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York village mayor who called people who vote for Democrats “retarded” says he will not step down and will run for re-election.

In an interview with The Post-Star of Glens Falls on Monday, village of Fort Ann Mayor Denis Langlois says he used a poor choice of words, but it’s what he believes.

Langlois posted the comments about voters on Facebook before Election Day, saying people should vote Republican and “keep America great.”

Fort Ann resident Katelyn White, who wrote a letter to the newspaper after Election Day, says Langlois should consider broadening his vocabulary and that he doesn’t represent the town.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, an organization that supports disability inclusion, says Langlois’ statement shows again how U.S. leaders fail to understand how such slurs impact people with disabilities and their families.

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