BROOKLYN - Brooklyn Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo is sorry for comments she made following a possible knockout assault.

Cumbo caused controversy after writing a letter that blamed the so-called knockout attacks on racial tension. She said that many of her black constituents in Crown Heights told her that they feel threatened by the growing Jewish community.

In a statement, Cumbo said in part, "I have taken the last week to reflect, evaluate and meet with Jewish, African-American and Caribbean leaders all across New York City, and I understand now that my words did not convey what was in my heart, which is a profound desire to bring our diverse communities closer together."

She also wrote, "I sincerely apologize to all of my constituents for any pain that I have caused."