Assemblywoman makes bizarre rant against Jews at meeting
Brooklyn, New-York – A Brooklyn legislator was accused Wednesday of delivering a bizarre tirade against Jews, while ripping Mayor Bill de Blasio as a sellout, during a local community board meeting this week.
Assemblywoman Diane Richardson’s 50-minute rant during the Board 17 meeting Monday night faulted Jews for gentrifying in her district, which includes East Flatbush, Flatbush, Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, according to an eyewitness.
During a rezoning talk, a board member complained that people constantly ring her doorbell to ask if she’s interested in selling her home.
“It must be Jewish people,” Richardson responded, according to Lew Fidler, a former City Council member who is Jewish and attended the meeting as a representative of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“As a Jew, I found that to be offensive,” Fidler told The Post.
“That was dripping with antisemitism. That’s when smoke came out of my ears.”
Before faulting Jewish interlopers, Richardson snidely referred to Brooklyn state Sen. Simcha Felder as “the Jewish senator from southern Brooklyn.”
Richardson said she was tired and sleep-deprived because Felder briefly held up passage of the state budget last week in a spat over the regulation of yeshivas.
“I found it gratuitous when she referred to Simcha Felder as ‘the Jewish senator from southern Brooklyn.’ It was inappropriate, ” Fidler said.
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