Upstate NY woman behind mock Juneteenth party brags about her offensive Twitter account 

The wife of an upstate New York dentist has bragged about her racist Twitter account after a black firefighter complained about her racist mock-Juneteenth party.

Mary Nicosia made the brazen admission during a press conference Tuesday which was designed to clear her name over the bash held earlier this year, and which saw her rail against cancel culture. 

She declared: ‘In full disclosure, I do have a Twitter parody account that operates under a veil of a persona and I have made blatantly racist comments under that persona.’

The conservationist was referring to a now-deactivated Twitter account where she mocked black colloquialisms, and shared offensive cartoons, and even declared her anonymous account ‘charming.’ 

Nicosia and her husband Dr Nicholas Nicosia sparked fury over the bash, which included buckets of KFC and cut-out Donald Trump figures.  

It was reported in August that Rochester fire captain pressured a black firefighter to attend a racist party at a mansion by his white boss, who has since resigned after being warned he faced dismissal over the incident.

Firefighter Jerrod Jones has filed a lawsuit against the City of Rochester and the fire department. The firefighter is seeking $4 million in damages.

To begin the conference, the couple’s attorney, Cory Hogan had said: ‘We are here to talk about how political correctness can destroy lives.’ 

He added: ‘I challenge you, the press, look into their backgrounds. Find anything they’ve done in their lives, their 50 plus year lives that’s racist.’ 

During the 75 minute long press conference, Mary Nicosia spoke about cancel culture, the fact that she is not a racist and her burner Twitter account that she uses to troll people with

One of the images showing a sign displayed at the party advocating Juneteenth as 'Freedom Day'

One of the images showing a sign displayed at the party advocating Juneteenth as ‘Freedom Day’

Jerrod Jones filed a notice of claim on August 11 against the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) and and the City of Rochester

Jerrod Jones filed a notice of claim on August 11 against the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) and and the City of Rochester

Dentist Dr. Nicholas Nicosia said that since the party made national news, his practice has received negative Google reviews

Dentist Dr. Nicholas Nicosia said that since the party made national news, his practice has received negative Google reviews

The Rochester-resident maintained that her husband didn’t know about her Twitter account. 

She went on: ‘But nonetheless I hold myself accountable. I am ashamed. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, to get up here and tell you this. And I ask that you accept my apology as it is sincere.’ 

Mary said that the Twitter account were in keeping with the ‘culture of Twitter’ adding that was ‘part of its charm.’ 

She said: ‘The culture of Twitter operates that way. And it’s part of its charm — I don’t want to say charm — but, it gives you an opportunity to be someone you’re not, in terms of a persona.’

‘For these comments, I’d like to apologize to people in the African American community, and other people I have hurt or offended by doing what I was doing on Twitter,’ Mary said.  

The socialite went by the moniker ‘HoHoHomeboyROC’ and ‘Colonel Nathaniel Sanders’ on Twitter. At the time of writing, the account is no longer active. It had been active since November 2021. 

The language of the account mocked black speaking colloquialisms. 

Speaking directly about the account, Mary said: ‘For these comments, I’d like to apologize to the African American community, and for other people in the community I have hurt or offended by doing what I was doing on Twitter.’

The couple’s lawyer was forced to admit that the Twitter account was ‘racist’ and said: ‘There’s no justification for it.’ Then however he said that Mary Nicosia does not have ‘a racist bone in her body.’

The press conference lasted for a full 75 minutes.  

The Nicosias' (pictured) reportedly both talked to Jones and Mary allegedly offered the firefighter to take home the buckets of chicken

The Nicosias’ (pictured) reportedly both talked to Jones and Mary allegedly offered the firefighter to take home the buckets of chicken 

Jones, who has been on the force for 14 years, is currently on leave and is asking for $3million in emotional damages and a $1million in compensatory damages

Jones, who has been on the force for 14 years, is currently on leave and is asking for $3million in emotional damages and a $1million in compensatory damages 

The Nicosia’s and their attorney mentioned the phrase ‘cancel culture’ multiple times.  While Mary said: ‘The allegations of this narrative have caused my family almost unbearable pain.’ She also said: ‘I’m here to defend myself from false claims of racism.’

She continued: ‘I grew up in East Cleveland. Very diverse community. And I would challenge you that you would find anyone in the community that would tell you that I am. Nonetheless, I hold myself accountable. I’m ashamed.’ 

According to the couple’s attorney, the party was themed the ‘Liberal Smashin’ Splish Splash Pool Party’ and was political, not racist in nature. Hogan said: ‘You will see this event was a political event. There is absolutely no racism anywhere.’

Cory Hogan is a partner at the Buffalo-based legal firm HoganWillig.  

He said that when Jones arrived at the party, despite being uninvited: ‘They shook his hand, welcomed him, asked him if he wanted any food or drink, and asked him to come into their yard. What is racist about that?’ 

Dentist Dr. Nick Nicosia said through tears: ‘Our children are being attacked on social media. Cancel culture can be cruel. It took me 32 years to build my reputation and less than two hours to destroy it.’

He continued: ‘The only thing I hate more than racism are false racist allegations.’ 

The dentist appeared to attempt to put some distance between himself and the party. He referred to the attendees as his wife’s ‘idiot friends.’  

His wife said: ‘To see our entire world collapse in a matter of hours was bewildering, it was like a bad dream.’

She continued: ‘But nonetheless, I hold myself accountable and I’m ashamed … I ask that you accept my apology. It is sincere.’ 

The party took place at an East Avenue mansion (pictured)

The party took place at an East Avenue mansion (pictured) 

In the fallout from the party, Mary Nicosia said that she has been suspended from the board of the Landmark Society of Western New York where she was the group’s vice president. 

Her husband was the team dentist for the Rochester Americans hockey team and is on the board of Highland Hospital.  

The couple has been married for 35 years. 

Her husband also said: ‘There’s been nothing with any interaction with us that would even suggest that we’re racist.’

The dentist’s opinion was that it was ‘cancel culture’ that was orchestrating an ‘an organized, malicious, well-orchestrated, politically charged attack’ motivated in part because they were seen as a ‘snooty couple that lives in a big mansion.’

He added: ‘It took me 32 years to build my reputation, and less than two hours to destroy it.’ Nicholas said that his practice has been affected by negative Google reviews following news of the party. 

At the time of writing, no reviews are publicly available to read on Google for Dr. Nicholas Nicosia’s dental practice in Brighton, New York.   

In the aftermath of the press conference, Jerrod Jones’ lawyer Nate McMurray tweeted: ‘After continued requests from the media, I feel it necessary to give a more formal comment: The Nicosia’s verified everything in our complaint.’

He went on: ‘In addition they verified that they operate a racist Twitter account. We will use their press conference as evidence going forward.’ 

The Nicosia’s lawyer said that his clients may possibly launch a defamation suit. Hogan said: ‘They just all dumped them because of how powerful this cancel culture is.’

He concluded by saying: ‘Now they have to decide, do they live in Rochester anymore or do they move? Can they redeem their character? That’s maybe what the judicial system can do. We shall see.’ 

At the press conference, a slideshow was operated by conservative radio host Shannon Joy. Joy did not speak to the media at the event, reports the Rochester City Newspaper.

According to the website, the couple has hosted fundraisers for cystic fibrosis research and for local political figures, including for Democratic Rochester Mayor Malik Evans.  

Since the party incident, Krywy has since resigned from his role – before disciplinary proceedings that could have resulted in his termination could begin.  

The party was private, but Krywy is said to have insisted that his firefighters attend.

Captain Jeffrey Krywy took firefighters Jerrod Jones, 40, who is black; McKenzie 'Mack' Neal, and Aurelio 'Angel' Perez to an East Avenue mansion for a party while on-duty on July 11. He has since retired after an investigation determined he would have to leave the force

Captain Jeffrey Krywy took firefighters Jerrod Jones, 40, who is black; McKenzie ‘Mack’ Neal, and Aurelio ‘Angel’ Perez to an East Avenue mansion for a party while on-duty on July 11. He has since retired after an investigation determined he would have to leave the force 

Jones (pictured) said he saw a cutout of Trump in the driveway, pictures of politicians on stakes, and buckets of KFC until Juneteenth flags while at the party

Jones (pictured) said he saw a cutout of Trump in the driveway, pictures of politicians on stakes, and buckets of KFC until Juneteenth flags while at the party 

Jones filed a notice of claim on August 11 against the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) and and the City of Rochester.

‘We will use the attached document as the basis of our lawsuit going forward. But we would prefer to resolve the matter with the City,’ Jones’ lawyer, Nate McMurray, told DailyMail.com earlier this month. 

Jones, a 14-year veteran of the force, said he ‘immediately’ felt uneasy when he noticed a ‘large cut out of former President Donald Trump’ in the driveway upon arrival.

He also saw ‘two large Juneteenth celebration flags decorated the lawn,’ according to the notice.

‘Near the flags he saw buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken prominently displayed – an apparent use of the racist trope recycled by bigots to mock Black Americans,’ the notice read.

There were also pictures of ‘local democratic politicians on stakes across the grass and around the backyard, including members of the Rochester Police Accountability Board and a picture of Councilman Mitch Gruber among many others.’

And there was a woman wearing a red wig impersonating Democratic County Legislator Rachel Barnhart and attendees reportedly yelled ‘sexually explicit comments’ at her.

‘The woman danced in a mocking, but sexual, manner to please the attendees,’ the notice read. 

Neal reportedly apologized to Jones, stating: ‘We shouldn’t be here. This is bulls***.’

RFD members are not allowed to ‘attend partisan political events, let alone events that advocate for prejudice that hatred or otherwise disparage the RFD.’

Perez reportedly did not say anything, but the notice claimed that was ‘custom and culture for less senior members,’ but he appeared ‘uneasy.’

Nicosia had come over to Jones to speak with him at the party, the notice claimed, to ‘neutralize any potential negative fallout from Jones’s presence.’

While speaking with the homeowner, Jones noticed the impersonator handed Krywy a gift bag, which had a Juneteenth cup and a bottle of Cognac liquor – which is ‘another racist trope used to demean Black Americans.’

‘I didn’t know the captain [Krywy] was a Cognac man,’ Jones shouted over to his superior mockingly, the notice said. Krywy reportedly responded by telling his men not to take any pictures.

Jones claimed the captain and the homeowner walked away afterward and talked ‘nervously’ and that no one at the party told Jones their ‘real names.’

As the party continued, the three firefighters reportedly wanted to leave the party and at one point Nicosia’s wife Mary Nicosia asked Jones if he ‘wanted to take home the chicken,’ which he refused.

She then allegedly asked: ‘You sure? It’s KFC!’ Neal then offered to take the rest of the chicken to the firehouse for the others on-duty, which Mary obliged too.

At the August 24 press conference, the couple’s lawyer said: ‘There are 27,000 franchises of Kentucky Fried Chicken around the world.’

He went on: ‘Four thousand in this country. Is everybody that pulls into a Kentucky Fried Chicken, like the Nicosias do probably every couple of weeks, are they a racist?’ 

While about the presence of Hennessey cognac, Hogan said: ‘Hennessy cognac. Millions, I think about 70 million bottles sold every year. It has a racial undertone to it. The Nicosias knew nothing about it. It was given away, a small bottle, as a prize. No racism.’ 

Roughly 40 minutes after arriving to the party, the four of them left. Neal later asked Jones and Perez: ‘How f***ed up was that?’ 

Jones reported the incident to acting battalion Chief George Smith. The chief was reportedly ‘shocked’ and promised ‘immediate action,’ but Jones claimed no investigation took place and he and Krywy were scheduled to work the next shift together.

Krywy has since retired before the termination process could begin after being presented with the investigation results, which would have ‘required him to leave the service,’ according to Rochester Mayor Malik Evans. 

Jones is now requesting a court to award him in $3million in emotional damages and $1million in compensatory damages. 

‘What happened to me a month ago, cut me very deeply,’ Jones said at a press conference.

Jones also said he was fighting for this because he has two children and doesn’t want them to ‘go through what I experienced.’

DailyMail.com has attempted to contact the Rochester Fire Department for comment.

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