HAMTRAMCK (WWJ) – Hamtramck City Council has changed its mind on censuring a councilman for his comments on immigration made in an interview earlier this month.
During that interview September 11th, Ian Perrotta blamed immigrant residents for trash piles in alleyways, and residents from Yemen and Bangladesh in particular.
The resolution had noted, in part, that Perrotta made disparaging remarks “about recent immigrant arrivals to Hamtramck insinuating that, as a group, they lacked basic knowledge of and adherence to community norms related to sanitation and property maintenance …”
“There is an issue with trash in Hamtramck,” Perrotta told WWJ in an interview. “I think some of it comes from the fact that some of our immigrant population comes from areas where regular trash collection and sanitation is not available, or not a priority.” Listen to the complete interview here.
Perrotta apologized at Tuesday’s council meeting for his remarks, saying they were in response to a question about a city problem that was drawing complaints.
The council ultimately decided not to vote on a resolution to censure, or publicly disapprove, Perrotta; and Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski said she believes it is time for all to move on.
“Councilman Perrotta has apologized numerous times for the way his statement came out and the way it was interpreted,” Majewski said. “He’s apologized publicly, he’s apologized in writing, he’s apologized at a public event. I accept that apology and I think that most of the community does as well.”
Perrotta, who said the only purpose of the resolution had been to “damage my name and reputation, score political points, and divide the city,” is hosting an open meeting Wednesday (from 6 to 8 p.m. at Delite Café and Deli) to discuss the trash issue.