A Greenburgh rabbi has condemned the crude anti-Semitic remarks that two Fairview Fire Department firefighters say they’ve heard Chief Anthony LoGuidice utter when referred to Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.
Rabbi Billy Dreskin, of Woodlands Community Temple in Hartsdale, issued a statement on Tuesday, six days after Tax Watch reported on the comments attributed to LoGuidice in David Hecht’s age discrimination case against the district. Feiner is a member of Dreskin’s synagogue.
Hecht’s maternal grandmother was Jewish.
Said Dreskin: “I condemn any bigotry, regardless of its intended target. Our world is so complicated as it is; we needn’t add more fuel to the fires of prejudice and hatred. In fact, I’ve just returned home from a three-day “Civil Rights Journey” to Alabama and Georgia with my temple’s high school kids. Retracing the footsteps of the civil rights movement, seeing once again the lengths to which people will go in their resentment of those who are different, it saddens me greatly when I hear of such words being spoken in my own community.”
According to retired firefighter Darryl Leak’s deposition in Hecht’s case, LoGuidice referred to Feiner as a “c***sucking Jew bastard.” Deputy Chief Howard Reiss said he heard LoGuidice refer to Feiner using similar words.
The Anti-Defamation League has asked LoGuidice to apologize to Feiner. The organization also called on the Fairview Board of Fire Commissioners to investigate the allegations. Feiner said Tuesday that he had yet to receive a call from LoGuidice.
LoGuidice, in court papers, denied making derogatory remarks about Feiner. He did not return a phone message left Tuesday.
Photo: Rabbi Billy Dreskin