Community members rallied in support of Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. on Thursday, February 14 in front of his district office at 2347 Lafayette Avenue. The rally was held in response to the councilman’s remarks regarding the City Council being controlled by the LGBTQ community. Some council members demanded Diaz resign, and others demanded he be punished. His son, Borough President Ruben Diaz, did not publicly support his dad. In response to the controversial characterization Council Speaker Corey Johnson punished Diaz by taking away his leadership position as chairman of the council’s Taxi Committee. The committee was disbanded to the dismay of the limousine drivers.