ALBANY – The video, considered by many as being anti-Semitic, posted online by the Rockland County Republican Party, may have been taken down, but the fallout continues.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, blasted the video as “not just disturbing, it is disgusting.” He condemned it “in the strongest possible terms.”
The production, which appeared to be professionally produced complete with ominous music, headlines and photos of the county legislator, Aron Wieder, a Hasidic Jew, centered on the issue of overdevelopment in the county, suggesting it was Wieder and the religious sect that is responsible for it.
The governor said, “This type of attack and incitement against the Hasidic community is the very definition of discrimination and anti-Semitism.”
uomo said there is “no excuse for anti-Semitism masquerading as concerns over zoning or development” and said the video is “the latest example of the politics of division and hate permeating the nation and it must be called out.”
Cuomo said all members of New York’s GOP “must openly denounce this hateful rhetoric immediately and make clear that we will not tolerate this despicable behavior.”