Mayor Demeza Delhomme pledged to vote against all building permit applications by Jewish developers to retaliate against Jews for supporting political opponents, according to a secretly recorded conversation obtained exclusively by The Journal News.
Asked whether he would vote against, “anything a Jew brings,” Delhomme replied, “Yes,” during a conversation recorded last March at Village Hall.
Delhomme later said, “I swear to God. On the application. Any Jew that comes in.”
The mayor, who is Haitian, said if a Haitian brought the same application as a Jew, he would support it.
“I’m voting for them,” he said on the recording. “Because they voted for me. They supported me.”
Delhomme refused to answer a reporter’s questions about the roughly 40-minute recording, but denies discriminating against anyone.
“Do you have proof that I have been discriminating against anybody?” he asked a reporter. “If you don’t have proof of it, stay the hell away from me,” he said as he hung up the phone.
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