HAVERSTRAW (VINnews) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has responded after an anti-Semitic man was caught on film at a Rockland County meeting threatening to run over jews.
In the video, a man named Nick Colella from Thiells, NY is seen at a town meeting openly launching a hateful tirade against the local Jewish population.
After first complaining about local houses being used as Shuls, he then accuses “a certain sect of people” of walking on the street without “any reflective gear.”
It should be noted that this neighborhood does not have any sidewalks.
Colella then says that if he will run one of them over, then of course he will “back over them again.”
[UPDATE: Haverstraw Police Chief Peter Murphy is scheduled to meet with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office on Friday in order to determine if the man’s statement was a threat and if any laws were broken.]
At that point he is thrown off the stand, but not before he yells a few more words about capacity laws in the local Shuls.
A few hours later, Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted about the incident, calling the man out for his blatant anti-Semitism.
“I have heard reports of violent rhetoric towards our Jewish community at a town meeting in Rockland County. Antisemitism, like all forms of hate, is horrifying and unacceptable,” the governor wrote. “Everyone has the right to walk down the street without fear. New York, we are better than this.”
I have heard reports of violent rhetoric towards our Jewish community at a town meeting in Rockland County. Antisemitism, like all forms of hate, is horrifying and unacceptable.
Everyone has the right to walk down the street without fear. New York, we are better than this.
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 11, 2021
Later, Rockland County Executive Ed Day weighed in, calling the hateful rhetoric “beyond disgusting.”
This is beyond disgusting and not what the people of Rockland are all about. We can disagree but there is an intelligent and respectful way to make your point. On behalf of the good people of Rockland, I condemn this ignorant & hateful commentary in no uncertain terms.
— Ed Day (@ElectEdDay) November 12, 2021
However many people in the replies took issue with day’s language, saying that at this moment there is no reason to say anything other than that the comments were wrong.
1. In such an incident you condemn. Period! But EdDay feels the urge to point out that we can disagree etc.
2. His actions are whats Costing the fire. He's at fault.
— (((Volvi Einhorn))) (@VolviEinhorn) November 12, 2021
Antisemitism, and all forms of hate, reflect one’s values and is not political. However, in posting the “we can” statement, the Exec is dog whistling Rockland County is antisemitic in their policy decisions. Day knows exactly what he’s saying.
— Gail Eidman, CFP®️ (@Gail_Eidman_CFP) November 12, 2021