Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the comments made last week on a radio show by Democratic New York City Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. that the gay community controls the New York City Council “outrageous” and justifies a punishment from Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Diaz, an outspoken social conservative, said in a Spanish-language radio show the Council is “controlled by the homosexual community.” The comments sparked an outcry and he’s refused to back down.

“What’s homophobic about saying that the gay community controls the NYC City Council? I’m giving them credit for the power and influence they have,” he wrote on Twitter.

Cuomo, speaking at a news conference at the Capitol, called on Diaz to apologize. He stopped start of backing Diaz’s resignation, but said any sanction meted out by Johnson would be appropriate.

“I think there’s no place for that kind of rhetoric, especially in this state, especially at this time, especially what we represent,” Cuomo said. “I think it’s disrespectful and in very poor taste.”