MIDWOOD - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) publicly apologized today for his Purim costume that caused a stir in the borough.

A pictured posted on Facebook shows Hikind with his face painted black with an Afro-style wig on his head. Hikind was with his wife and son at a party they hosted at their home.

Hikind hosted a press conference from his home in Midwood and said he never intended to offend anyone. The assemblyman said he always likes to be unrecognizable during the Jewish holiday.

Hikind says he will be more sensitive with his costume choices in the future.