Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a statement on Tuesday said he did not take offense with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s quoting of the n-word in a radio interview earlier in the morning.

Cuomo quoted The New York Times in the interview while discussing discrimination, quoting a slur used against Italians that included the n-word.

“The Governor was quoting a New York Times story and was using it for context,” Heastie said in a statement. “I didn’t take any offense at his comments.”

Heastie is the first black lawmaker to hold the speakership in the Assembly.

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who ran for lieutenant governor on an unofficial progressive ticket countering Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul last year, took a dimmer view.

Williams tweeted a link to a story about Cuomo’s remarks and added: “This headline brought to you by the 1940s and empowered white privilege.”