Fire Chief Issues Apology To Greenburgh Supervisor For Anti-Semitic Remarks

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Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Finer received an apology from Fire Chief Anthony LoGuidice for insensitive remarks made about the Supervisor.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Finer received an apology from Fire Chief Anthony LoGuidice for insensitive remarks made about the Supervisor. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Fairview Fire Department Chief Anthony LoGuidice gave a letter of apology to Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner Friday for anti-Semitic remarks the chief made recently.

LoGuidice’s alleged anti-Semitic remarks were detailed in depositions made in a non-related age discrimination case filed against the Fairview Fire Department by David Hecht, a Greenburgh native who was passed over twice for openings in the department.

Feiner, who had expected LoGuidice to meet with him Friday at 1 p.m., informed Daily Voice that he received the letter and that the chief would not be able to attend the meeting.

"Earlier (Friday), the lawyer for the Fire Chief indicated that he was unavailable to meet me at the scheduled appointment time that we had agreed to," Feiner said. "He cancelled the meeting. An hour and a half after the scheduled meeting, the Chief and his attorney appeared at my office unannounced. I was handed the  letter."

"First, I apologize for offending you and others with my careless and hurtful words," LoGiudice wrote in the letter he hand-delivered to Feiner. "I said what I said without thought and without thinking of the pain that it would bring to this community. When I read my words in The Journal News, and realized that young people, friends, colleagues and neighbors of the Jewish faith were reading those words, I was horrified."

The letter continued and included a check in Feiner's name from the Chief to the Myrna Youdelman Community Farm on the Woodlands campus as a gesture, "that would present new beginnigs, figuratively and literally for all of us."

"Using a slur to express anger is never appropriate in any context, even if uttered privately," LoGuidice wrote. "As a public official, I owe a special duty to the people I serve and to those who report to me to conduct myself accordingly. Slurs are hateful and ugly and have no place in the firehouse or anywhere else."

Read the whole letter here.

Feiner said the visit and letter were a positive step, but he hoped LoGuidice might go further in dealing with the insensitive remarks mentioned in his letter.

"In my opinion this is insufficient," Feiner said. "The Chief should visit the Holocaust Museum in N.Y. with a holocaust survivor so he will have a better understanding of the impact his words have had on the Jewish community and the entire community  and our concerns about anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred."

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Unfortunately the Holocaust is taking on the form of a religion. If we question any detail fabricated by any so-called “survivor,” we treated like heretics. We could be arrested in Germany and other European nations for expressing normal doubts about the weird and often self-contradictory claims.

Here, Feiner is demanding what used to be known in the church as as penance. The “sinner” must first make a pilgrimage to “sacred” museum, and totally abase himself before the “relics” in the “holy place” to cleanse his immortal soul of “mortal sin.”

Feiner come across like some power-tripping and corrupt medieval pope: he wants to demand the maximal “mea culpa,” because he wants not only to humiliate his critics, but the entire world.

The problem with these taxpayer-funded Holocaust museums is that the Holocaust simply isn’t true. Some Jews were killed in WW2; but other groups suffered far worse. Like the Japanese, for example; the Germans, for another. The US lost 400,000 men, for an unnecessary and unpopular war.

The claim that 6 mil Jews were killed by the German military is just an absolutely ridiculous assertion.

Most of these Holocaust claims are based on the testimony at Nuremberg trials in which the German officers were tortured and threatened with having their wives and children murdered to force them to sign false confessions.

The lampshades made of Jewish skin, the bars of soap made of Jewish flesh and the rugs made of Jewish hair were never found.

And, the Germans were supposedly able to gas people to death in chamber with a wooden door, cracks and window? Just not possible.

Claims vary, but between 2 to 4 million Jews were supposedly killed at Auschwitz. Their remains have never been found. Let me remind you that even after cremation, 5 – 9 lbs of bone material easily identifiable as human will remain. The time period in question, 1939 – 1944, is roughly 2000 days. So even disposing of only 2 million bodies at Auschwitz would correspond to roughly an average 1000 corpses per day!

In the process of losing the war, deprived of basic necessities like food and medicine, why would the Germans even bother to cremate thousands of bodies per day? Wouldn’t it be a big waste of fuel? And, even the most modern cremation technology existent today could not possibly handle that many bodies. Plus the manpower requirements would be huge; they would have had to run hundreds of cremation ovens 24/7, and those ovens would have to be tended at all times by trained personnel. Add that after death by cyanide, a corpse cannot be safely handled without special precautions. If the Holocaust were true, how did the Germans avoid creating a biohazard of global dimensions?

And, did you ever notice that among the 2 to 4 million Jews supposedly killed at Auschwitz, not one was a prominent individual? If you went about the US, choosing one million people at random, just by chance you would probably pick at least one noted writer, or an artist, or a musician, or scientist … Keeping in mind that the supposedly bloodthirsty Germans would likely be deliberately selecting the most powerful or prominent Jews that they could find, isn’t it a bit odd that not one of the victims was known for any particular achievement whatsoever?

The Holocaust is just pro-war propaganda. The fact that these tales are taught as “history” in our schools just shows how weak our educational system is, how anti-intellectual, and how adverse to critical thought.

The Fire Chief cancelled a meeting with his BOSS?
A written letter that was not accompanied by a VERBAL apology?
These do not sound like apologetic behavior.
The situation with the Fortress Bible Church has nothing to do with this issue.
Milking the situation for publicity has nothing to do with this issue.
It appears that the fire chief needs to so some serious soul searching. Bigotry is unacceptable by ANY public official in our community and elsewhere.

all this is over something the fire chief aid YEARS ago and now is being used by Feiner to take the heat off himself..As to relating to Fortress Church it does. Feiner showed his own opinions on how racist he is himself by making an issue of the property being used for a church. He is being petty for starting this over something said in a fire house kitchen among firefighters, not for public, said years ago before the fire chief was a chief.
Feiner did not accept apology because he did not have the media there to broadcast it. All he is looking for is publicity.

all this is over something the fire chief aid YEARS ago and now is being used by Feiner to take the heat off himself..As to relating to Fortress Church it does. Church fiasco showed Feiner to be a bigot. Feiner showed his own opinions on how racist he is himself by making an issue of the property being used for a church. He is being petty for starting this over something said in a fire house kitchen among firefighters, not for public, said years ago before the fire chief was a chief.

How about Feiner giving an apology to the members of Fortress Bible Church. He claimed that if they build on Dobbs Ferry Rd it would disrupt traffic.BUT it ok for his pals at Game On to build a sports complex on the same stretch of rd. Maybe he tried to stop Fortress Bible church because one of his other pals lived next to the property the church was to build on and did not want it built as he was afraid it would lower his property value.Fortress bible
church is a minority group. Sounds racist on Feiners part and I think he owes them and apology and he should also dig into his own pocket for a change and donate a sizable amount to them. He already costs the Greenburgh taxpayers over $5 MILLION dollars because of his racist views on this group.

Feiner will milk it for all that he can and has been sure to call all press outlets continually to keep it afloat and not because he is offended by the remarks, which are offensive, but to keep his name in the press. THIS is what the man does best.

Sounds like a positive step. Feiner should have stated that he accepts the apology and asked the Chief to also visit the Holocaust museum. stating it was insufficient only keeps the matter open. yes it was a stupid thing to say and stating he said it without thought probably means it is rooted. further knowledge on Jewish heritage is needed.... but an apology letter and monetary gift needs to be accepted as an olive branch