Tonawanda News — Stocker said that soon after the January meeting with Kloch, Rizek was stopped by a North Tonawanda police officer and asked for his identification as he was entering the Post Office. They also allege the notice of Thursday’s court appearance was hand delivered by two North Tonawanda police officers — which Rizek said was meant as intimidation for his continuing to pursue the lawsuit.
He also questions a recent city assessment of the damaged property at $220,000 — which they say is inflated and was completed before the building was even refurbished after the fire.
“We were going to try and prove they intentionally engaged in conduct to discriminate again Mr. Rizek,” Stocker said of his client, who was born in Palestine.
Nickerson dismissed the allegations and said that Kloch’s ruling could negate the federal lawsuit.
“I certainly deny any of those claims or wrongdoings,” he said.Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.