Speaker Christine Quinn visited the Mezuzah burning hate crime this morning in Williamsburg, and held a press conference at the site with other elected officials. "Make no mistake that was a coordinated hate crime," Ms. Quinn said alongside Rabbi Moshe Duvid Neiderman, the organizer of the press conference, and Rabbi Jonathan Mentzer. "This is clearly an act designed to spread hatred and fear into the hearts of New Yorkers. In particular the Jewish community, and in particular the Jewish community in Williamsburg."
"So, I am out today to send a very strong message: 'To the coward opr cowards who have perpetrated this crime, Your actions do not reflect the beliefs of feelings of New Yorkers. Our City's greatest strength is our diversity. We will not tolerate acts of hate like this,' Ms. Quinn angrily stated.
"Hate is literally a cancer,and its our job as a society to eradicate it," she added.
Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, was the first public official and mayoral candidate to condemn the act of hatred in the strongest terms.
“Nothing but hatred can explain why someone would burn mezuzahs on Yom Hashoah, the day we remember the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust," a statement of the Public Advocate's office read on Monday afternoon. "This is a sickening act of prejudice that strikes at the very core of who we are as a city. Make no mistake: we will find those responsible. I thank the NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce and Deputy Inspector Mark DiPaolo of the 90th Precinct for their quick response and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this hateful crime should immediately call the NYPD confidential tips line 1-800-577-TIPS.”