Hamilton Mayor Martin Condems Stone Terrace by John Henry’s Russo

Hamilton's Jeff Martin.

Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin this afternoon issued a statement in response to a Facebook post generated by Joseph Russo, identified as a partner at eatery Stone Terrace by John Henry’s.

“I’m saddened and horrified to see Mr. Russo holds such hateful and abhorrent views,” said Martin. “Had I known he held these racist feelings, I would never have attended, supported, or held events at his restaurant. I unequivocally condemn his words and his disregard for human decency.

“Hamilton’s diversity is one of the best parts of our Township,” the mayor added. “We have residents of all races, religions, ages, creeds, nationalities, and beliefs.  We have people who live in urban, suburban and rural communities.  Like America, our diversity is our strength.

“Clearly, a much larger discussion on race and racism, on diversity, on compassion, and on acceptance is not only needed, but necessary.  Today, I am leading the first of those discussions with members of our law enforcement and minority community.  I am happy to lead and participate in those discussions locally, but they must also occur across our state and country.  Until we come together to ensure hate has no home, we will continue to face the ugliness that is racism.”

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