GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner will meet Friday, March 28 with Fairview Fire Chief Anthony LoGuidice and the fire district's legal counsel to discuss recent allegations that LoGuidice made anti-Semitic remarks in regard to Feiner.
Feiner, who is Jewish, said LoGuidice asked for the meeting while the Fairview Board of Fire Commissioners investigates the matter.
“I want to communicate to him how hurtful those comments are to an awful lot of people,” Feiner told LoHud.com. “I’m hopeful, that if he made these comments, he will apologize and recognize how wrong it is.”
LoGuidice’s alleged anti-Semitic remarks were detailed in depositions made in non-related 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.
A retired firefighter and Deputy Chief Howard Reiss both testified under oath that LoGuidice used crude remarks to characterize Feiner.
The Fairview Board of Fire Commissioners issued the following statement Thursday, March 27 via its website and Facebook pages.
"A recent news report has noted a wholly inappropriate and embarrassing utterance by Chief Anthony LoGiudice, which is completely unrelated to a meritless lawsuit presently being defended by the Fairview Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners and Chief LoGiudice.
"The words do not reflect Chief LoGiudice’s true feelings. The words were spoken in an angry moment when Supervisor Feiner and the Chief were at odds over political issues related to Supervisor Feiner’s efforts to consolidate local fire districts with the Fairview Fire District. For reasons publicly outlined by Chief LoGiudice and earlier by the late Chief Mauro, Chief LoGiudice has very strong feelings of disagreement with Supervisor Feiner. Rather than eloquently address these disagreements, Chief LoGiudice inappropriately used words which do not – and never did – reflect his true beliefs of compassion and respect for people of all religions."