JAMESTOWN – Tensions surrounding a car show slated to take place next month at a local Jamestown area park continue to grow, as some in the community are taking offense to a councilwoman’s comments against the Hispanic community.
The issue was brought forward during Friday’s Human Rights Commission meeting.
Commission member Justin Hubbard brought forward concerns from residents, who say Ward IV Councilwoman Marie Carrubba’s comments during last Monday’s City Council work session upset Jamestown’s Hispanic population.
“It wasn’t about the type of event, it was believing it to be a normal car show, and I’ve been told this is typical for a Hispanic car show,” said Carrubba on Monday. “I think Jose mentioned that they do the event with no speakers, and it was unfamiliar to me when Councilman Russell told me that there was this two-step thing that sounds like backfire, and in that area could sound like gunshots to people.”
Carrubba goes on to say, “not everybody is aware of all of the events that occur at your car competition, that provoked issues to me if police are getting calls for gunshots.”
Those on the commission acknowledge that her comments were offensive, however say the issue is heated on both sides. The group believes that Carrubba’s comments were not made in malice and do not want her stance to cause division within the community.
The car show, hosted by the Los Contrincantes Car Club and Bike Crew Car Show, is tentatively scheduled to take place at Bergman Park Sept. 18. After members of the Council approved the original permit earlier this summer, several residents voiced their concerns to their respective representatives.
Specifically, those living in the area are concerned about excessive noise levels the show could produce.
The Council is expected to discuss and entertain a motion to potentially alter or revoke the permit during its Voting Session Aug. 30.
WNY News Now reached out to Councilwoman Carrubba for comment, but has not heard back as of publish time.