Thursday, January 03, 2008

Anti-Semitism by member of Board of Selectmen

Organizers of an effort to remove Maureen Kenney from her seat on the Board of Selectmen say they are ready to collect the thousands of signatures needed to put a recall question on the ballot.

At the Oct. 23 meeting, Kenney said that she believed that Silverman's request for up to five days of paid leave after the death of a close family member was excessive and unnecessary.

“It's not the standard in industry,” Kenney is quoted by Silverman as saying in a letter recounting the incident. “Besides, don't you Jews plant them within 24 hours.”

After Silverman objected to Kenney's remarks, he then quoted her as saying: “I don't see any side curls on your head, so what the hell do you need five days of bereavement leave for.” Side curls are traditionally worn by male Hasidic Jews.

A copy of Silverman's two-page letter to school committee members and lawyers was obtained by The Patriot Ledger.

Elected a selectman in March, Kenney has said she doesn't intend to give up that seat. She could not be reached for comment.


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