WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) – A Washington city councilman has been reprimanded, for calling a friend gay while sending out an email testing a citywide alert system.

The Observer-Reporter says Councilman Matt Staniszeweski sent out an email alert that read, “Alert: This is an test. Brian is gay.”

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The paper reports during Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Brenda Davis reprimanded Staniszeweski for the unprofessional remark.

Davis reportedly said, “This is inappropriate for the city of Washington. Coming from the city of Washington, it does not look good for us.”

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During the meeting Staniszeweski reportedly said the comment referred to a college friend, but said it would be wrong to assume he was attaching an insulting connotation to the word. Saying, “we all know that the word means happy.”

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