Fairview Fire Chief Anthony LoGuidice, under fire for making anti-Semitic remarks about Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, will meet with Feiner at 1 p.m. on Friday. The fire district’s legal counsel will also attend the meeting.
Feiner told Tax Watch that LoGuidice requested the meeting, at which he will bring the fire district’s legal counsel.
“I want to communicate to him how hurtful those comments are to an awful lot of people,” Feiner said. “I’m hopeful, that if he made these comments, he will apologize and recognize how wrong it is.”
A member of the Fairview Board of Fire Commissioner also told Tax Watch Wednesday that the panel would investigate claims that LoGuidice made such remarks. Fairview is one of three independent fire departments that serve the unincorporated sections of Greenburgh, Westchester’s largest town.
The New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League on March 19 called on LoGuidice to apologize for the remarks, and he called on the Fairview Board of Fire Commissioners to investigate.
Tax Watch last week broke the story of LoGuidice’s anti-Semitic remarks, which were detailed in depositions made in the age-discrimination case filed against the Fairview Fire Department by David Hecht, a 45-year-old Greenburgh native who was passed over twice for openings in the department.
Retired firefighter Darryl Leak, and Deputy Chief Howard Reiss both testified under oath that LoGuidice used crude remarks to characterize Feiner, who is Jewish. Hecht’s maternal grandmother was Jewish as well.
Leak testified that that LoGuidice often called Feiner a “c***sucking Jew bastard.”
Neither LoGuidice nor Fairview Fire Commission Chair Vikki Simmons returned phone messages on Wednesday.
Fire Commissioner Michael Cotter, meanwhile, said it was time for the fire board to investigate. Cotter and Simmons were both present at Leak’s deposition, records show.
“We are not going to ignore it,” Cotter said. “I’ve lived in this community for almost 50 years. It needs to be addressed. Just give it a little more time. It’s going to be taken care of.”