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Roslyn Harbor man yelled anti-Semitic slurs at neighbor, court records say

A Roslyn Harbor man was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of aggravated harassment after a neighbor said he yelled anti-Semitic slurs at him, according to court records.

Thomas Cerna, 61, was arrested Tuesday night after the neighbor said Cerna made expletive-laden anti-Semitic remarks, honked his horn and "made a slashing throat across his neck [gesture] while pointing" at the victim, according to court records. He was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment due to race, religion or other factors.

The victim said he worries that Cerna will harm him and his family, according to court records. An order of protection was issued against Cerna, who was released on his own recognizance, records show. His next court date is scheduled for July 6.

Cerna's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Cerna also could not be reached for comment. But a man who identified himself as Cerna’s father — Thomas Cerna Sr. — and said he lives in Florida said he was unaware of the alleged incident.

"I’ve never heard him speak an anti-Semitic remark," Cerna Sr. said of his son.

The younger Cerna previously had confrontations with officials with the village of Roslyn Harbor and had been banned from Village Hall, according to a 2019 letter sent to Cerna.

"Based upon your past disruptive conduct at Village Hall and the threatening language and actions in addressing and dealing with the Village staff, you are no longer permitted in Village Hall," the July 31, 2019, letter from Peter MacKinnon, an attorney for the village, stated.

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