'Not tolerable in our county.' Suffolk Executive Bellone announces tasks force to address antisemitism

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison says so far this year, the county has had 10 reported hate incidents.

Thema Ponton

Mar 30, 2023, 2:34 AM

Updated 390 days ago

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Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone announced Wednesday that the county is creating a task force to specifically address the rise in antisemitism.
The plan was discussed at a community forum at the Suffolk Jewish Community Center in Commack.
"We are 100% committed to fighting antisemitism anywhere it is found," Bellone said. "It is not tolerable in our county."
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison says so far this year, the county has had 10 reported hate incidents.
He says those include hate symbols being found near parks and schools.
Antisemitic flyers have also been left at residents' homes. Police say that is not a crime, but also something the authorities aren't going to ignore.
"You're not just going to put flyers on people's windows and think that it's OK," Harrison says.
The county executive says more specifics about the task force will be coming soon.


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