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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle Lincoln Zuber Riders for Justice, a local organization of African-American and Latino leaders, is calling on former President Bill Clinton to cancel a scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21.
“Noam is not deserving of the honor of standing with a real leader that respects the black community," said Mark McLean, a spokesperson for the Zuber Riders in a statement.
Representatives for Bramson called the charges erroneous, pointing to a past statement issued by 12 elected African American officials condemning McLean .
A statement, which was signed by State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Ken Jenkins and others, called the Zuber Riders "a front for the Astorino campaign."
The group claims that Mayor Bramson has a record of demonstrating hostility toward New Rochelle’s black population and cites past examples of what they call his continuing patter of disrespect.
"As Mayor and City Councilman, Bramson has voted to destroy the black district in New Rochelle, supported a plan to remove blacks from public housing and locked out the president of the New Rochelle NAACP from the historic Lincoln Park,” Mark McLean said in a statement.
New Rochelle Lincoln Zuber Riders for Justice is an organization of community leaders dedicated to honoring the memory of Paul Zuber, an attorney for the Lincoln school children in New Rochelle, and ensuring that all Westchester residents are aware of the struggle for civil rights in New Rochelle.
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