NY employee suspended after outburst over baby crying on Delta flight

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NEW YORK — A program director at the New York State Council on the Arts has been placed on leave after an outburst on a Delta flight.

Program Director Susan Peirez was on a Delta flight about to take off from Kennedy Airport to Syracuse when she was caught on video cursing about sitting next to a crying baby.

The baby's mother started recording and told Peirez the baby would not be crying for long.

Yet Peirez was heard repeatedly using profanity and complaining bout having to sit next to her crying baby.

She threatened a flight attendant's job while saying she had a connection to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The flight attendant demanded she be removed off the flight.

Peirez quickly apologizes and says she was really stressed out, but a gate agent still removed her from the plane.

In a statement Delta said, "We ask that customers embrace civility and respect one another when flying Delta. This customer's behavior toward a fellow customer on a flight from New York to Syracuse was not in keeping with those standards."

The New York State Council on the Arts has since suspended Peirez.

“State employees are and must be held to the highest standard both professionally and personally. We were notified of this situation and have commenced an investigation. This employee has been removed from the office and placed on leave until further notice and until the inquiry is resolved,” according to a statement provided by the council.

Clarification: An earlier version of this article misidentified the program director’s role at the New York State Council on the Arts and the council's action in response to the employee's alleged behavior. It since has been updated.

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