Councilman aide claims he was bullied on the job because of disability

A Bay Ridge community is coming together in support of a former aide to Councilman Vincent Gentile.



Michael Bistreich, who worked for Gentile for 2 1/2 years as a legislative and budget director, claims his colleagues bullied him for having Asperger's syndrome to the point that he could no longer work there.



In a $10 million lawsuit, he claims Gentile's senior staff taunted his disorder, including locking him in a basement and placing mutilated stuffed animals on his desk.



Community members dropped off stuffed animals in front of Gentile's office Monday to support Bistreich and to protest any discrimination of people with disabilities.



The stuffed animals will be donated to the Salvation Army.



News 12 reached out to Councilman Gentile's office, which declined to comment.


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