NY State Assembly staffer is slammed for sharing 'xenophobic' Facebook message

NY State Assembly staffer is slammed for sharing 'xenophobic' Facebook message urging New Yorkers to avoid Chinese businesses as the city battles coronavirus Marilyn Franks, an employye in a Brooklyn assembly office, shared the message The message claimed owners returned from China 'bringing along coronavirus' A campaign group for Chinese workers has blasted the comments as 'divisive' Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus has apologised for her employee's actions

By Sophie Law For Mailonline

Published: 08:44 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 08:44 GMT, 3 March 2020

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A New York State assembly employee has been slammed for sharing a 'xenophobic' Facebook message urging people to avoid Chinese businesses amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Marilyn Franks, a receptionist in Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus' Coney Island office, shared the message which claimed owners of restaurants and shops had returned from China 'bringing along the coronavirus'.

The message also urged people to people to spread the word to 'keep our people from this deadly virus.'

Marilyn Franks (pictured), a receptionist in Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus' Coney Island office, shared the message which claimed owners of restaurants and shops had returned from China 'bringing along the coronavirus'

Marilyn Franks, a receptionist in Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus' Coney Island office, shared the message (pictured) which claimed owners of restaurants and shops had returned from China 'bringing along the coronavirus'

Marilyn Franks (left), a receptionist in Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus' Coney Island office, shared the message (right) which claimed owners of restaurants and shops had returned from China 'bringing along the coronavirus'

'We urge citizens to stay away from Chinese supermarkets, shops, fast food outlets, Restaurant, [sic] and Business,' the message read. 

'Most of the owners went back to China to celebrate the Chinese New [Year] Celebrations,' it continues. 

'They are returning and some are bringing along the coronavirus. Rather be safe than sorry.' 

A campaign group for Chinese workers in New York has since blasted the comments as 'divisive'. 

'We urge citizens to stay away from Chinese supermarkets, shops, fast food outlets, Restaurant, [sic] and Business,' the message read. Pictured: Chinatown in Manhattan

'We urge citizens to stay away from Chinese supermarkets, shops, fast food outlets, Restaurant, [sic] and Business,' the message read. Pictured: Chinatown in

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