This week, Riverdale has experienced a horrific string of hate crimes and vandalism directed towards places of Jewish worship. Last weekend my office was notified of the vandalism of four local synagogues in Riverdale, and unfortunately we have seen a continuation of attacks throughout the week. I extend my deepest condolences to the Jewish residents of Riverdale, and acknowledge the pain that these acts of vandalism and hate have caused for the entire Riverdale community.
I want to reiterate my strong condemnation for these acts fueled by hate and antisemitism. Every person — regardless of their religion, race, gender, or creed — deserves to be treated with respect and the ability to attend their place of worship without fear. Hate crimes of any kind are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in District 34, and I condemn any iteration of white supremacy or bigotry.
I extend my gratitude to Captain Emilio Melendez, the NYPD investigators, the NYS Hate Crime Task Force, the Guardian Angels, and the rabbis and community leaders who are involved in ensuring that justice is served. This is a true demonstration of unity and is an example of the resilience of Riverdale.
My office continues to be in close communication with local leaders and the 50th precinct to ensure the safety of the Riverdale community. I urge that anyone with relevant information reach out to the 50th precinct directly. You can reach them at 718-543-5700 or by emailing their Crime Prevention unit at email@example.com.
Please know that my office and I are here to continue to support you in every way we can during this difficult time. You can reach my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 718-822-2049.
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi