East End City Councilwoman Eneida Martinez declared on Monday “In light of press accounts, I wish to state categorically, that I bear no animosity toward anyone based on his or her race, ethnicity, or religious tradition.” At the December 27 Ordinance Committee meeting, according to minutes, Martinez described Russell Liskov and Juda Epstein, lawyers involved in the collection of Water Pollution Control Authority fees, as “Jews and buddies and they go to the same synagogue and they are buying up these properties.”
In her Monday statement Martinez added, “As a person of faith, and a minority woman, I respect all religious traditions, and detest bigotry in any form. I will have no further comment on this topic, and will move forward as the co-chair of the Ordinance Committee, to address the important work in front of us, work which I have been involved in throughout my time as a member of the City Council.”
Martinez is also involved in a protracted legal defense of more than $10,000 in leaseholder fees, common charges and maintenance fees at her Wilmot Apartments residence on Connecticut Avenue, according to filings in Superior Court. Epstein, a collections specialist, represents Wilmot Apartments in the matter.
The collection of WPCA fees has come under fire from several City Council members who assert the aggressive liens and foreclosures actions are abusive to constituents.
Martinez sent the letter to all members of the City Council, Mayor Joe Ganim, Connecticut Post and OIB.