Dennison actually voted in favor of the resolution, although he did not express regret for the YouTube remarks.
“I’d just like to say, apparently, some of you must watch my Youtube channel, so make sure you subscribe,” he said. “If you want to call me out, call me out for having my own opinions, but that’s exactly what they are. I’m not the only person in the world that has them. You turn on the TV today and see people calling the president a Nazi and a Russian spy and all those kind of things. Yes, I’m all for getting through this thing, but I just … I’ll actually vote ‘yes’ on this thing for you.”
There was no additional discussion on the resolution, and all 14 legislators voted in favor of it.
Thursday night’s vote was the second time in 2020 that Dennison has drawn criticism from his colleagues for public comments he made.
In the summer, Dennison resigned from his position as chairman of the county’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee and Legislature Chairperson Aileen McNabb-Coleman removed him from the committee entirely, in response to a letter he submitted to The Citizen attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.
More than a dozen area residents blasted Dennison’s comments at a Legislature meeting following the letter’s publication in late June. The Auburn/Cayuga Chapter of the NAACP called on him to resign from the Legislature.