MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was joined by Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Rabbis and Jewish community leaders, and local elected officials today to announce increased and intensified protection efforts around Synagogues and other areas of concern during the Jewish High Holidays.
In response to a nationwide increase in hate crimes and active shooter threats, Nassau County has worked closely with faith leaders and houses of worship across Nassau County to provide security assessments, training, and other resources to ensure worshippers are kept safe. Nassau County has seen an increase in the number of reported hate crimes. In 2018, there were 34 reported hate crime incidents. In 2019 year-to-date there have been 50 reported hate crime incidents, 30 of which were anti-Semitic.
“We’ve seen an alarming rise in hate crimes, including a concentrated increase in brazen anti-Semitic attacks – right here in New York. We will not tolerate hatred in Nassau County, nor will we look away from it. No matter how you worship, you should feel safe and welcome in Nassau – with your family, with your fellow congregants, or out in public. Our number one job and obligation is to keep you safe,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.