Governor announces state funds for license plate readers for Ramapo to help thwart hate crime

Israel Spitzer, mayor of the Village of New Square, left, welcomes Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Town of Ramapo on Monday

AIRMONT – Governor Andrew Cuomo. Monday, announced $340,000 in state funds to purchase and install license plate readers across the Town of Ramapo to protect the orthodox Jewish community.

His announcement is the latest action taken since the vicious attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey in December during a Hanukkah celebration in which five people were wounded by a machete-wielding man.

That suspect, Grafton Thomas of Greenwood Lake, was apprehended thanks to a license plate reader on the George Washington Bridge after Joseph Gluck, an attendee at the event, wrote down the license plate and immediately reported it to the police.

Joseph Gluck

Cuomo also announced on Monday that he wants all public school children  to visit the Holocaust Museum in New York City to learn what the Jewish community faced in World War II.

Since the Monsey attack, State Police have stepped up their security and patrols in and around Jewish communities and synagogues not only in Monsey, but in other areas of the Hudson Valley as well. Local police have also done the same.

Israel Spitzer, the mayor of the Village of New Square said the governor is “building bridges” in Rockland County by meeting with religious leaders and addressing the issue of hate crimes and intolerance.

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