West York mayor doesn’t show for council meeting, apologize for Facebook posts

WEST YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – West York Mayor Charles Wasko didn’t attend Monday’s scheduled borough council meeting after making headlines nationally for his Facebook posts that many consider offensive.

Wasko posted a picture of orangutans and referenced the Obama family, along with pictures that council members said were offensive to people of various religions.

Council president Shawn Mauck said he wants Wasko to step down.

“We will pursue all avenues,” Mauck said. “His comments do not represent the majority of people who live in our community.”

Dozens of protesters stood outside before the meeting, including Lisa Zortman Gross, who said she could not sit this one out.

“I was appalled,” Gross said. “I had to come down here and take a stand against what he said.”

Public comment lasted nearly two hours as many called for Wasko to step down.

Council members, along with representatives of the NAACP and the state legislature, indicated they are looking into all avenues on how to remove Wasko from office if he chooses not to resign.

At the end of the meeting, the council formally censured Wasko.

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