Poles and Slavs Take Up for Polish Community Name
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The $1 billion Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union is a fixture in the Polish community of Greenpoint, so it might be understandable when the CU expressed indignation about an anti-Polish slur that the CU alleged had been made by a city employee in print.
In a statement on its Web site, the CU noted that Greenpoint had only improved since it became something of an enclave for Polish immigrants and it decried the slur.
"Polish Greenpoint welcomed and hosted many guests, regardless of their national origin or religious beliefs," the CU said. "Among them is the author of the anti-Polish article, which in poorly selected terminology (attempting to be journalist satire) demands the removal of the 'Polish infestation' from Greenpoint. "An additional 'slap in the face' to our community is the fact that this individual is paid from tax payer funds and works for the city agency," the CU continued, "which has not paid attention to Greenpoint, as evidenced by the condition of the sport and playground facilities found at the local park. "We do not wish to identify the name of this individual, so that this person will not get any more undeserved publicity. However, we demand that this type of and similar anti-Polish behavior be punished by the officials of the City of New York, as well as be condemned by the officials at Haverford University, where the mentioned individual received his diploma and continues to publish his degrading articles--unpunished."
In the meantime, the mysterious petitioners, which said they have collected over 1,400 signatures for a special meeting at which board member Alex Storozynski could be recalled, have complained that the CU has not addressed their concerns or scheduled a meeting.
According to its federal credit union bylaws, the credit union has 30 days to call a special meeting, inclusive of the requirement of the seven-day prior written notification to its members. Nov. 7, 2006 was the deadline date to send out that notification, the petitioners said.