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Brooklyn, NY - Assemblywoman Offers Lukewarm Apology For Anti-Jewish Rant

Published on: April 5, 2018 02:21 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - An assemblywoman whose constituents include many Jewish New Yorkers is coming under fire after reportedly making anti-Semitic comments at a community board meeting this past week.

The New York Post (https://nyp.st/2GAjglU) reported that Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, whose district includes Crown Heights and parts of Flatbush, went into a lengthy outburst at a Monday night meeting of Community Board 17, speaking disparagingly about Senator Simcha Felder and Jews.

Former City Councilman Lew Fidler said that the first comment came when Richardson acknowledged being tired, blaming her lack of sleep on Felder, referring to last Friday’s lengthy debate on the state budget.  Richardson reportedly referred to Felder as “that Jewish senator from Southern Brooklyn.”

Further into the meeting, when one of the meeting’s participants complained about a large number of people coming to her door and asking if she wanted to sell her home, Richardson allegedly said, “It must be Jewish people.”

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“That was dripping with anti-Semitism,” said Fidler.  “That’s when smoke came out of my ears.”

None of Richardson’s remarks, which also included attacks on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Eric Adams, were recorded, something that Community Board 17 chairman Barrington Barrett admitted was a mistake. According to Fidler, Richardson asked that the recorder be shut off before she made the comments in question, giving her the ability to make statements that could potentially raise eyebrows.

Richardson released a quasi-apology for her words, noting that she works closely with the Jewish residents she represents in District 43.

“If by any chance or for any reason something I relayed or repeated was misconstrued, and as a result offended anyone in any way, I sincerely apologize,” wrote Richardson. “I see us, all of us as human beings, and at the end of the day, we all bleed red, it was never my intention to insult or hurt anyone nor would it ever be.”

Assemblyman Dov Hikind who described Richardson as a progressive liberal said that he was stunned by the deafening silence that has followed the assemblywoman’s statement.

“I am waiting for all of my progressive friends, the governor, Cynthia Nixon to say something,” Hikind told VIN News.  “When you use the word ‘Jew’ or ‘Jewish,’ you have crossed the line.  We don’t need elected officials playing that game.”



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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:31 PM AmYisroel Says:

Another typical liberal Democrat anti Semitic scumbag
The Democratic party is the anti Israel anti Semitic party

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:28 PM Anonymous Says:

unfortunately the double standard when it comes to blacks being called out for their racism, is blatant. Had a white person said anything half funny about a black, sharpton would be in he streets rioting...but calling out a black person for their racism?! and especially when their rants target Jews? NEVER!

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:25 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this adams guy is much worse he is connected to Farrakhan even more than Obama was, did what she say actually a lie? I know many Lubavitches themselves are priced out by other I will not name groups that control the real estate in Crown Heights.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 04:08 PM elyeh Says:

Progressive Democrats love to hate Jews, especially if they can avoid having it recorded.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 05:25 PM Final 4 Says:

Typical Jew hating liberal not much more to see here. Yes Hashomer we know Trump and all Republicans are anti semites

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 05:56 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #3  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this adams guy is much worse he is connected to Farrakhan even more than Obama was, did what she say actually a lie? I know many Lubavitches themselves are priced out by other I will not name groups that control the real estate in Crown Heights.

Can you imagine what would happen if Simcha Felder had refereed to her as the black assembly woman from Crown Heights?

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 08:25 PM Reb Yid Says:

Jeremy Corbin comes to America. Watch...it all starts now.

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 Apr 06, 2018 at 06:31 PM austin Says:

why would anyone vote for her-

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 Apr 08, 2018 at 06:41 AM ex Crown Heights Says:

You keep voting them in. You only have yourselves to blame.

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