Black Rock City Council members Scott Burns and Matt McCarthy want Eneida Martinez to resign following the councilwoman’s arrest on 10 counts of illegal sale of alcohol and reckless endangerment in connection with a local police investigation into the shooting death of 21-year-old Nyair Charles Nixon at the Keystone Club, the Barnum Avenue social gathering that Martinez manages.
South End councilor Jorge Cruz defends Martinez.
From Burns and McCarthy:
(On Oct. 7), 139th District Councilwoman Eneida Martinez was arrested on numerous counts related to a business establishment she managed where a 21-year-old Bridgeport resident was murdered. While she was duly elected by her constituents and is entitled to due process under the law, these events lead us to call for her immediate resignation. Eneida agreed to step away from her committee assignments while the investigation was under way, but now that the charges are filed, it is time for her to step aside. Our city has suffered greatly in the past month, and we need to take every step possible to restore integrity to the Council.
We are deeply sorry for the loss of Nyair Nixon, and are sending our support to his family. This resignation will not bring him back, but it’s the first step in the right direction.
My question to both Black Rock city councilmen Matthew McCarthy and Scott Burns is, where was both of your voices when police Chief A.J. Perez and David Dunn got arrested? Did you call for Mayor Ganim to resign? NOPE you didn’t. Myself and another councilwoman suggested that the Mayor resigns publicly while everyone else’s voices were muted. Keep in mind that the councilwoman’s charges are Misdemeanors, none are felonies and most important she didn’t shoot anyone. Councilwoman Martinez was elected by the voters from her respective district, therefore anyone asking for her resignation should be her constituents who are predominantly Black and Brown, not Councilmen from a predominantly white district. I guess it’s much more easier to condemn a Puerto Rican woman then condemning a Mayor who happens to be white. REALLY … I MEAN REALLY??? Shame on you both.
Councilman Jorge Cruz