NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered an increase of police patrols outside synagogues during Yom Kippur.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that that he was directing the added law enforcement presence “to ensure this sacred day is not disturbed by anyone seeking to spread division or fear.”
“Recent anti-Semitic incidents, including an attack against a Synagogue in Williamsburg over the Rosh Hashanah holiday,” Cuomo said in a statement, “underscore the need to protect against anti-Semitism and hatred of all kinds. At the same time, we must redouble our commitment to working together to root out bigotry and ignorance and to achieve the promise of an equal, safe and secure society for all.”
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish everyone a safe and meaningful holiday. Gmar Chatima Tova” the Governor concluded.
A meeting will be held later Monday by leading Jewish activists to underscore for government leaders the urgency to better respond to acts of hate.