Belleville Councilwoman Marie Strumolo Burke’s alleged racist rant caught on tape

A voicemail recording containing racial slurs has many people in Belleville calling for the resignation of a council member and mayoral candidate.

Many have called for Burke’s resignation after the

Many have called for Burke’s resignation after the recording was made public on YouTube.

BELLEVILLE - A voicemail recording containing racial slurs has many people in Belleville calling for the resignation of a council member and mayoral candidate.

Marie Strumolo Burke is accused of saying the “N-word” in the background of a voice mail message left on Councilman Kevin Kennedy’s answering machine. The recording has since been made public on YouTube.

 CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE RECORDING -  WARNING CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE

"This is terrible. This is terrible. This is gonna be a (f------) (n-word) town," a woman says near the end of the message.

According to the Star Ledger, the audio recording was sent to a Michigan forensics lab, which confirmed with 85 percent certainty that the voice heard on that recording is indeed Burke's.

The audio analysis was reportedly paid for by a group of “concerned citizens.”

Burke has repeatedly denied the allegations. The councilwoman sent an email to the Star Ledger accusing Mayor Kimble of engaging in dirty campaign tactics.

Mayor Kimble admits he received the tape back in October but does not know when the phone call was placed.

Kimble says the pending election had nothing to do with his decision to speak out. The mayor denied ordering the audio analysis, but said the recording speaks for itself.

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