YORKTOWN – Public officials representing Westchester County, Sunday, condemned the latest vandalism to hit the area, this time including Jewish and Catholic targets, a library and a theater.
The damage was done in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 4 with authorities believing all of the incidents were linked.
Four glass doors were shattered at the Yorktown Stage, a menorah was toppled at Veterans’ Field and several windows were broken at John C. Hart Memorial Library.
Windows were also destroyed at the First Presbyterian Church and the St. Patrick’s Old Stone Church.
County Executive George Latimer said the county is taking the incidents very seriously. “They are the reflection of a spreading sickness that encourages public expression of hatred.”
He urged all residents to “stand in solidarity against hate and intimidation.”
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY17) said the vandalism is “yet another example of hate that has no place in our community. These acts, especially during the difficult time of anti-Semitic violence, further heighten fear among our friends and neighbors.”
State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet), said, “We must all work together to create tolerance in our society.” He said he is pushing legislation to better education children about hate and symbols of hate “so they understand the importance of acceptance and respect for one another.”
Carlucci said, “Hate is not something anyone is born with; it’s a learned behavior, and we can teach better against it.”