NEW YORK- Police in the region made preparations after reports that an anti-Jewish “National Day of Hate” was being coordinated by extremist groups around the country. Additional patrols were assigned to monitor houses of worship and other sensitive locations as a precaution.
As of Saturday evening, no specific threats had been made and there had been no incidences of violence in the region connected to the hate day effort. Many elected officials wasted no time to strongly denounce the coordinated day of hate.
Congressman Mike Lawler (R- Pearl River) released a statement in response to the reports of the day of hate. “I am deeply disturbed by reports of a ‘National Day of Hate’ by extremist groups targeting our Jewish communities here in the Hudson Valley. Hate of any kind has no place in the Hudson Valley or in our country,” said Congressman Lawler. “I’m proud to represent one of the largest Jewish populations in the country here in New York’s 17th District and to have spent much time meeting with Jewish business owners and school administrators just in the past 24 hours alone. I will never waver in my support of our Jewish community and ensuring the Hudson Valley is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Senator James Skoufis (D-Cornwall) stated, “Anti-Semitic hate has no place in New York or America. We will not succumb to fear. We stand with our friends in the Jewish community on this Sabbath and every day.”
Assemblyman Anil Beephan (R- Hopewell Junction) said, “I wholeheartedly condemn calls for a ‘Day of Hate’ and any group or individual who support such radical beliefs. We will stand together as a community against ignorance, intolerance, and hate.”