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Village Employee Claims Homeowner Hurled Racist Remark

Eugene Koret has been accused of uttering a defamatory racial remark at a village sanitation worker in late December.

An Alanon Road man is facing a harassment charge in connection to an alleged racially-charged confrontation with a village sanitation worker on Dec. 26.

Ridgewood police said the Sanitation Department worker – who was not identified – claimed that at roughly 10 a.m. on Dec. 26 the homeowner on Alanon Road called him a "f------g n----r" while he was picking up refuse in the neighborhood. Others reportedly overheard the derogatory term.

The employee, who is black, subsequently filed a citizens' complaint with the police department. Judge Russell Teschon, the Glen Rock Municipal Court Judge, found enough probable cause at a hearing to have charges filed against the homeowner, identified as Eugene Koret. (The hearing was heard in Glen Rock to avoid potential conflicts of interest.)

Neither police nor Koret clarified the events leading up to the alleged confrontation.

"The individual's conduct to our employee, as I understand it, is reprehensible," Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser said. "He was very insulting to the village staff member... It's totally unacceptable. The employee showed great restraint in not retaliating."

Koret, 68, declined to comment on the alleged incident at his home on Friday. Village Manager Ken Gabbert did not respond to a request for comment.

Koret recently filed a counter claim against the employee, Ridgewood Municipal Court Administrator Maria Doerr told Patch Friday. His claim has not yet been heard.

No trial date in Glen Rock has yet been selected, Doerr said.

Susan Donnelly, LCSW January 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM
What oozes out between the lines of some of these comments is hard enough on any old day, but TODAY? Although not an equivalent, it appears the employee did not respond with a comment on the homeowner's yucky cracker garbage. Quite an interesting speculation this one.
Fan of Ridgewood January 22, 2013 at 05:08 PM
And yet you feel comfortable using the, "cracker". Interesting.
Mikka H January 22, 2013 at 08:36 PM
who you calling cracker???????? dag nabit.......
Mike Kilhaney January 24, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Susan... the Patch published this for whatever reason on "MLK" day (Jan 21), but notice the incident occured way back on day after Christmas (Dec 26). When was the complaint filed ? Why published on "MLK" day ? The "accused" citizen was promptly identified, but the town employee's identification is being protected ? Prior comments by Bill P. and Chester are realistic. It is getting soooo tiring to continue to read "much ado about nothing" discrimination complaints...from unidentified accusers . All THIS about calling someone a name ? Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me". What would MLK think of this ? This is sort of rediculous....is it not ? YES-it is !
James Kleimann January 24, 2013 at 01:45 AM
There's no conspiracy here, Mike. Publishing on Jan. 21 is purely coincidental. I heard rumors of the alleged incident and was only able to confirm it last week, receiving the bulk of the details on Friday. Other details were gathered Saturday, edited late Sunday and published Monday. I don't hold stories. As to why the worker was not initially identified, police did not ID him as they said they considered by them to be a "victim" at that point in time. When the probable cause hearing for the counter-claim was found in favor of the homeowner, he was immediately identified. Maybe you missed the article: http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/counter-claim-granted-in-alleged-racial-slur-incident-report-says

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