(JTA) – A Westchester County, New York, man was arrested for allegedly sending an anti-Semitic email to a town supervisor who had been pushing to remove a monument to Confederate soldiers in a private cemetery.
Timothy Goetze of White Plains was arrested on Wednesday and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Police did not say what was in the letter but said it targeted Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, who is Jewish.
Feiner had supported the removal of the monument in Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings, New York, but at the beginning of the month he reconsidered, saying the obelisk-shaped monument was a symbol of reconciliation rather than of the Confederacy or white supremacy, the Journal News reported.
“While we respect everyone’s right to free speech, this was clearly a case where that line was crossed,” Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney said of Goetze’s letter in a statement. “We want to send a message that such hate filled threats will be fully investigated and those responsible will be brought to justice.”
This isn’t the first time Feiner was on the receiving end of alleged anti-Semitic invective. In 2014, a local fire chief apologized after colleagues deposed in an age-discrimination lawsuit said the chief often used anti-Semitic language to refer to Feiner.
Greenburgh, a mostly affluent suburb of New York City, includes six independent villages and a sizable Jewish population.