Amherst Council Member Richard “Jay” Anderson must answer allegations in court that he spit on the grandmother of two of his stepchildren three weeks ago.
Anderson faces a second-degree harassment violation and is expected to appear before City Court Judge Joseph A. Fiorella later this month.
He denied the allegations on Wednesday and expects the matter to be dismissed.
“I would never, never consider doing what is alleged in this complaint to any person,” Anderson told The Buffalo News. He also said that, on the advice of his lawyer, he would not discuss the specifics of the matter.
“I really won’t have any further comment until after I’m exonerated at the end of this process, which I’m confident will happen,” he said.
Anderson and his wife apparently attended the Middle School Winter Concert at Nichols School on Dec. 19, an event that his wife’s ex-husband also attended along with the ex-husband’s mother.
According to a complaint filed two days later, the 71-year-old woman stated that while she was walking out of the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at the school, Anderson spit on her, “then laughed and walked away.”
The woman declined to comment when reached by The News. She is seeking an order of protection against Anderson “to keep him away from her and from contacting her in any way,” according to City Court documents.
Anderson originally was scheduled to appear in City Court on Jan. 4 but failed to show up, resulting in a bench warrant for his arrest. Anderson said the warrant was later rescinded because the summons for him to appear was not mailed to him until the day before the hearing, and he was unaware of the hearing date.
He is now slated to appear in court before Fiorella on Jan. 28.
Anderson, son of former County Legislator and Assemblyman Richard “Rick” Anderson Sr., was elected to his Town Board seat in November 2009. He will be approaching the end of his first four-year term in December.
News Staff Reporter Lou Michel contributed to this report. email: firstname.lastname@example.org