Levy promises to give us an affidavit from a Hispanic man that Newsday had reported was made homeless by Levy’s closing an illegal apartment house. A photo with the original story showed the man beside a cardboard box in the woods. He claims a local cop identified the man as never being homeless and confronted him, insisting the photo was staged.
“The guy admitted it, and put it down in a statement,” Levy stresses emphatically.
[Following repeated requests from the Press since last June, Levy’s office has still not produced the affidavit to this day.]
This brief passage tells a lot about how Levy operates.
First, the county executive obviously sees no problem in a police officer who is supposed to protect the public using his taxpayer-supported time to convince, and likely intimidate, a Latino into signing an affidavit in defense of Levy.
Second, like a lot of his allegations against the immigrant community, Levy levels a charge and then fails to produce the evidence.
Third, before the crackdown, Levy was happy to brag about how he was getting tough on immigrants. When his campaign forced people out of their homes and into the woods, Levy denied his actions had any negative effects on his victims.