SP: Grocery Store Worker Arrested For Bigoted Remarks To Coworker
Gov. Cuomo held a press conference Friday to announce the arrest of a Hudson Valley grocery store worker who's accused of making racist remarks towards a female coworker.
On Friday, New York State Police arrested 21-year old William Sullivan of Saugerties and charged him with aggravated harassment, a class A misdemeanor.
The arrest is the result of an investigation into an alleged incident that occurred on March 11, at Mother’s Earth’s Storehouse on Kings Mall Court in Ulster.
A female worker, who is Jewish, reported that she was in the cooler with another co-worker when Sullivan came into the doorway, shut off the lights, and made an anti-Semitic remark, “You’re in the gas chamber now,” followed by an expletive referring to her Jewish faith, police say.
"If you attack a Jewish person, you attack me. If you attack a Muslim person, you attack me. You attack an LGBTQ member, you attack me. That's the New York credo...Bias-related crimes, hate crimes, are not just wrong, they're not just unethical, they're not just immoral - they are illegal and we will prosecute every case to the fullest extent of the law. And that is my promise as Governor of the state of New York," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference regarding the arrest.
Mother’s Earth’s Storehouse owner Kevin Schneider confirmed to Hudson Valley Post Sullivan no longer works for the grocery store adding the store is taking steps to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
"We absolutely do not tolerate hate speech at the store," Schneider said to Hudson Valley Post. "Moving forward we are taking all the actions to make sure it doesn't happen again. We are going to be doing one-on-one employee training on sensitivity. We do not tolerate that."
Sullivan was issued an appearance ticket and released. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 26.