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Dispute over naming Clifton Park park over deceased publisher
CLIFTON PARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A battle over a name as a renowned Harvard professor and attorney is threatening to organize a loud and determined crusade if a New Jersey city approves renaming a park after a beloved local publisher.
"Chester Grabowski is an anti-semitic racist bigot," said Alan Dershowitz.
The Harvard law professor doesn't hold back when it comes to Chester Grabowski.
Grabowski was the publisher of the Post Eagle in Clifton.
He died 6 months ago, and some have suggested a park or a street should be named after him.
Because, his son says he did a lot of good for a lot of people.
"People stop us every day and say if it wasn't for your dad and thanks for your father," said Mathew Grambowski.
Mathew is a councilman in Clifton and says his father knew presidents, kings and even the pope.
0He doesn't defend some of what his father said, but doesn't believe he was a bigot either, and is horrified by what Dershowitz has been saying.
"And if you're saying that's why he shouldn't be honored, what about the people who do have reason to honor him?" He asks.
But Deshowitz says nothing but his family should ever bare Grambowski's name.
"He told the Polish people to be mad at the Jews for killing Christ... He was a horrible man," he said.
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