Modified: September 17, 2019 2:16pm
Legislators Hardwick and Chimera respond to the July 2019 white supremacy recruitment attempt in the Tonawanda community
Tonawanda, NY- The Erie County Legislature passed a resolution at their September 12th legislative session condemning recent occurrences of hate speech in multiple Western New York communities. The resolution noted that Tonawanda has experienced 5 different instances of door to door leafletting from groups that have self-identified as white nationalist organizations.
Legislator Kevin Hardwick, who resides in the City of Tonawanda, was the prime sponsor of the resolution. After attending a meeting of local governmental officials earlier this summer on the topic, he felt compelled to act in response to the most recent events. Legislator Lisa Chimera joined as a co-sponsor on the resolution. As representatives from the 3rd and 4th Legislative districts, they represent the entirety of the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore.
“There is no place in our community for hate and division. Tonawanda has been my home for over 30 years, the place where I’ve raised my children, and we do not tolerate racism in any form,” said Legislator Kevin Hardwick.
Legislator Lisa Chimera added, “The entire Tonawanda community stands united in opposition to this hateful rhetoric and will continue to be a welcoming place for all who live here.”