Earlier this year RiverheadLocal reported that a firearms dealer planning to locate on Elton Street published a blog containing racist commentary on Jews and Blacks, in addition to soliciting donations for a legal defense fund for a founder of the domestic terrorist group, the Proud Boys. The company’s principal donated to the campaign of Riverhead Supervisor Aguiar (who seems to have no problem taking money, including illegal contributions over limits set by state law, from anyone doing business with the town.) The Elton Street site plan has now been approved.

Shame on Riverhead’s officials for failing to condemn and denounce anti-semitism and racism. Extremists gun dealers with ties to insurrectionists present a clear and present danger to our community and don’t belong in our town.

I, for one, condemn anti-semitism and racism and stand with our Jewish and Black colleagues, friends and clients. Riverhead deserves better.

Ronald D. Hariri, Esq.

Aquebogue

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