State police increase patrols in Jewish neighborhoods amid string of attacks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state police will increase patrols in Jewish communities and at houses of worship amid a string of attacks.

News 12 Staff

May 25, 2021, 2:11 AM

Updated 1,062 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state police will increase patrols in Jewish communities and at houses of worship amid a string of attacks.
Members of Long Island's Jewish community say they're on edge following a series of violent antisemitic attacks in New York City, including one that left a Lawrence man injured. Another incident targeted an Oyster Bay elected official.
Rabbi Rafi Rank, with the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, says he welcomes the added police presence. He thinks it will help prevent possible hate crimes.
"I think their presence, their visible presence is a deterrent," says Rank. "Nassau County police often park in our parking lot late at night. That gives everyone a sense of security."
Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, at the Hillside Islamic Center, is urging Cuomo to also increase patrols at Muslim houses of worship after a mosque in Brentwood was vandalized earlier this month.
"I would hope Cuomo and the police authorities will take that into consideration and extend the same protection to the Muslim community as well," says Bhuiyan.
Nassau police commissioner Patrick Ryder sent a statement saying he's recently spoken with several religious leaders about the situation and that patrols are being intensified around all houses of worship.
Suffolk police say it also has patrols at synagogues and in Jewish communities, though right now it says there are no credible threats.


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