GREENBURGH - A Westchester legislator says the incident involving anti-Semitic remarks about the Greenburgh town supervisor spotlights the need for a stronger Human Rights Commission in the county.
As News 12 has reported, Fairview Fire Chief Anthony Loguidice made a brief apology today to Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner for making anti-Semitic remarks.
Legislator Ken Jenkins, who formerly served as the head of the Yonkers NAACP chapter, says the entire situation could have been avoided.
Jenkins says he is not blaming anyone directly for what was said in Greenburgh, but says that the county's Human Rights Commission has been weakened in recent years. He contends that a greater commitment to the commission would have helped to prevent the incident from happening.
He blames the commission’s weakening on County Executive Astorino and Michael Kaplowitz, who replaced Jenkins as County Board Chairman earlier this year.
Jenkins says that he's concerned that the county's Human Rights Commission does not have the stature to make a difference, and that the anti-Semitic remarks made in Greenburgh are just part of what he feels is the problem.
Kaplowitz says there are limits to what a commission like that can do. “It can't avoid problems when they've occurred at that moment,” says Kaplowitz. “Instead you need to, over a long period of time, help create a culture and an education of tolerance.”
A spokesperson for the Astorino administration dismissed Jenkins’ claims, and pointed out that spending by the county for the Human Rights Commission increased in the current budget.