NY assemblyman stands by blackface, Afro costume

A veteran New York Assemblyman says he meant no offense when he wore blackface makeup, an Afro wig, and a basketball jersey to a costume party.
Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind tells CBS Newsradio 880 in New York he doesn't regret the costume he wore to a party he recently held at his home for the Jewish holiday of Purim.
A spokesman said Monday that Hikind, whose district is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside Israel, wasn't immediately available for comment. But he says Hikind isn't trying to avoid the issue.
CBS reports Hikind said he never thought the outfit would be offensive.
There was no immediate comment from the Assembly's majority.