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Officials from the Tonawandas issue statement condemning hate groups

Five elected officials from the Tonawandas issued a statement Tuesday condemning recent recruiting efforts by hate groups in their communities.

A Ku Klux Klan chapter recently passed flyers in the area, but City of Tonawanda Council President Jenna Koch said those weren't unique.

"In the past two years, there have been at least five known door-to-door canvasses by white supremacist groups in an attempt to both recruit and terrorize," Koch said.

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)

"As one of the few openly gay elected officials in New York State, I feel it is one of my responsibilities to stand up against any acts of inequality in our communities," North Tonawanda Alderman Austin Tylec said.

"With this, we are one step closer to a better, safer and more inclusive Western New York," Town of Tonawanda Councilman Bill Conrad said.

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick also backed the statement, which called on other elected officials to pass resolutions opposing hate groups.


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