At a December 27 meeting of the City Council’s Ordinance Committee, Eneida Martinez criticized the role of two lawyers Russell Liskov and Juda Epstein in the collection practice of the Water Pollution Control Authority. “Both men are Jews and buddies and they go to the same synagogue and they are buying up these properties,” she declared, according to minutes of the meeting. A council colleague has apologized for not reprimanding her.
More on this from Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
A freshman City Councilman has apologized for not reprimanding a colleague for her inflammatory comments about a two Jewish attorneys.
“It was a lapse on my part and, although no excuse, it stemmed partially from the shock of hearing such inappropriate comments from another council person. Lesson learned,” Peter Spain wrote Tuesday to Hearst Connecticut Media. “I hope I never hear such inexcusable comments again; but if I do, I will not be shy about immediately responding and objecting.”
Spain’s letter followed a complaint, filed by Russell Liskov, a municipal attorney, with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), accusing Spain and seven of his council colleagues of anti-Semitism.
The council’s ordinance committee is probing what critics call a too-aggressive sewer fee collection process, overseen by Liskov, who often sends delinquent bills of $2,000 or more to collections lawyer Juda Epstein to pursue. Sometimes homeowners who cannot clear their debt–including legal fees charged by Epstein or other collections attorneys–lose their homes to foreclosure.
Full story here.