Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Directs State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to Investigate Stabbing at Synagogue in Monsey, Rockland County, NY

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RAMAPO, NY — December 29, 2019 —Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel divulged that Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, NY, stabbed and wounded five people attending a Hanukkah celebration at the residence of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg. Governor Cuomo had stated that the incident was fed by intolerance that is a “cancer” in American politics. The “knife” used in the attuning of  5 people, two very seriously, is described as a machete the size of a broomstick. Police arrested a suspect in Harlem whose car was seen Saturday night in Monsey at the site of the crime,  Synopsis by Hezi Aris

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Statement from Senator David Carlucci on a Stabbing Attack in Monsey, NY

Statement from 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg – English / Español

Statement from Westchester County Executive George Latimer

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

MONSET, NY and RAMAPO, NY — December 29, 2019 — “I am horrified by the stabbing of multiple people at a synagogue in Rockland County tonight — the latest in a string of attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York this week. On behalf of the family of New York, my heart goes out to the victims and I am praying for their full recovery.

“This was a despicable and cowardly act, and I am directing the State Police hate crimes task force to immediately investigate and to use every tool available to hold the attacker accountable to the fullest extent of the law. State Police are currently on the scene assisting local law enforcement.

“Let me be clear: anti-Semitism and bigotry of any kind are repugnant to our values of inclusion and diversity and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hate. In New York we will always stand up and say with one voice to anyone who wishes to divide and spread fear: you do not represent New York and your actions will not go unpunished.”




Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a joint statement with over 130 faith leaders from across the state condemning anti-Semitism in wake of attack that took place during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey last night. Last night’s mass stabbing is the latest in a disturbing rash of anti-Semitic attacks throughout the state during the Hanukkah holiday.


“Anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate of any kind are repugnant to our values and will not be tolerated in our state. We condemn this attack and all attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York — an attack against one of us is an attack against all of us. Together we will continue fighting hate and intolerance with love and inclusion.”


The list of faith leaders and groups who are supporting the Governor’s statement includes:


  • Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
  • Rev. Dr.  Floyd & Elaine Flake, Greater Allen AME
  • Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Diocese of Broolyn
  • Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard, Christian Cultural Center
  • Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, New York Board of Rabbis
  • Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Grace Baptist Church in Mt Vernon, NY
  • Mayor Izzy Spitzer, Village of New Square
  • Rabbi Michael Miller, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, Congregation KJ
  • Steve Gold, Co-President, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County
  • David Kirschtel, CEO, Jewish Community Center Rockland County
  • Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union
  • The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Episcopal Bishop of New York
  • Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudath Israel of America
  • Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, CBST
  • Rabbi Rachel Kohn Troster, Truah
  • Rabbi Hersh Horowitz, Monsey Community Outreach Center
  • Michael Schmidt, American Jewish Committee AJC NY
  • Eric Goldstein, CEO, UJA
  • Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Park East Synagogue
  • Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, EITAN-The American-Israel Network
  • MPAC-NY, Mobilizing Preachers & Communities
  • Rev. James Duckett, Fort Mott Baptist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green, Mt. Neboh Baptist Church
  • Bishop Orlando Findlayter, New Hope Christian Fellowship
  • Rev. Al Cockfield, God’s Battalion of Prayer Church
  • Rev. Gil Monrose, Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day & President of 67th Precinct Clergy Council
  • Rev. Steve Lopez, Associate Pastor, Calvary Center Church
  • Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President of Union Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Renee Washington Gardner, Memorial Baptist Church
  • Pastor Wayne Francis, Lead Pastor, Authentic Church
  • Rev. Greg Merriweather, Calvary Baptist Church in Haverstraw
  • Omar Siddiqi, Leader of Community/Religious Affairs, Osmanli Dergah
  • Rev. Roderick Pearson, St. Mark Remnant Ministries, Inc.
  • Rabbi Howard Beuchler, Dix Hills Jewish Center
  • Dr. Isma Chaudry, Islamic Center of Long Island
  • Imam Abdul-Rahman Yaki, Islamic Center of the Capital District
  • Bishop Max Jones, Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ Syracuse
  • Pastor Ernest Flagler-Mitchell, Rochester
  • Pastor Kinzer M. Pointer, Agape Fellowship Baptist Church and Convener of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York
  • Rev. Dr. Phil Craig, Greater Springfield Community Church
  • Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov, Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavit Achim
  • Mendy Mirocznik, Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island
  • Imam Tahir Kukiqi, NYPD Chaplains Unit and Vice President of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center
  • Phyllis Walker, Homeless Outreach Specialist, Brooklyn Tabernacle Church
  • Rabbi Dr. Keith Elijah Thompson, Bronx Miracle Gospel Tabernacle
  • Rabbi Aaron Slonim, Chabad at Binghamton
  • Bishop Darius Pridgen, True Bethel Baptist Church
  • Rabbi Chaim Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Vaad Harabonim of Queens
  • Rabbi Deborah K. Bravo, MakomNY Founder and Treasurer of the NY Board of Rabbis
  • Rev. Patrick Young, First Baptist Church of Corona
  • Rabbi Joshua Stanton, East End Temple
  • Hussein Rababah, PACE Director, NY Muslim American Society (MAS)
  • Rev. Jim Bostic, New Union Church of New Rochelle, Youth Pastor
  • Rev. Patrick O’Connor, First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica
  • Bishop T. Anthony Bronner, Elim Christian Fellowship
  • Bishop Angel Gauthier, Prince of Peace Christian Church
  • Rev. Mike Servello, Compassion Coalition Utica
  • Dr. Vasundhara Kalasapudi, Executive Director, India Home
  • Rabbi Scott Weiner, Senior Rabbi Temple Israel of New Rochelle
  • Rabbi Beth Nichols, Temple Israel of New Rochelle
  • Eliot Forcheimer, CEO, Westchester Jewish Council
  • Lisa Roberts, President, Westchester Jewish Council
  • Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz, Chabad of Yonkers
  • Rev. James Galasinski, Unitarian Universalist Church, Canton NY
  • Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas
  • Rabbi Daniel Fellman, Temple Concord Syracuse
  • Rabbi Daniel Jezer, emeritus at Congregation Beth Solom-Chevra Shas
  • Rabbi Peter Schaktman, Temple Emanu-El in Utica
  • Rabbi Eli Goodman, Chabad of the Beaches
  • Rabbi Anchelle Perl, Chabad of Mineola
  • Rev. Demetrius Carolina, Central Family Life Center
  • Rev. Sedgwick Easley, Union Baptist Church of Hempstead
  • Rev. Dr.  Adolphus Lacey, Bethany Baptist Church
  • Rev. Shaun Lee, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church
  • Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
  • Rev. Bruce Grodner, National Exec Director, American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC)
  • Dr. Lionel Rouse, Co-Chairman, American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC)
  • Babu Kudaravalli, President Telugu Literary and Cultural Association
  • Rev. Kate Jones Calone, Interim Pastor, Setauket Presbyterian Church
  • Pastor David Traynham, New Horizons Christian Church
  • Imam Mohammed ElFiki, The Islamic Society of Central New York
  • Rev. Tony Baker, St. Philip’s Baptist Church
  • Rev. John Williams, New Creation Ministry, Inc.
  • Pastor Carl Wauchope, City of Refuge NY
  • Pastor Sal Sabino, Heavenly Visions
  • Dr. Siddiqur Rahman, President, Jamaica Muslim Center
  • Rev. Charles Galbreath, Clarendon Road Church
  • Rabbi Bob Kaplan, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Founder & CEO, Urban Upbound
  • Audrey Sasson, Executive Director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
  • Rev. Dr. Les Mullings, Far Rockaway Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Rabbi Shea Hecht, National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education
  • Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, Jewish Future Alliance.
  • Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director, Labor-Religion Coalition
  • Michael Cohen, Eastern Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, Jewish Community Center of Harrison
  • Pastor John Carter, Abundant Life Christian Center
  • Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director, Crown Heights Jewish Community Center
  • Rabbi Chanina Sperlin, Crown Heights Jewish Community Center
  • Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church
  • Rev. Canon Patrick Malloy, Ph.D., Sub-Dean, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Dean, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
  • Rev. Canon Patti Welch, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Rev. Canon Steven Lee, Canon Pastor and Vicar, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
  • Rabbi Ben Keil, Young Israel of Pelham Parkway
  • The Right Reverend Allen K Shin, Bishop Suffragan of New York
  • The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool, Bishop Assistant of New York
  • Rabbi Neal Loevinger, Temple Beth-El, Poughkeepsie
  • Imam Ajmal Agha of the Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester
  • Avi Greenstein, CEO, Boro Park Jewish Community Council
  • Rabbi Andy Bachman, Executive Director, JCP Downtown
  • Pastor Jay A Gooding Sr., Miracle Revival Temple, Fellowship Tabernacle Ministries, Church of God In Christ, President Clergy Council 49th Precinct
  • Rev. Victor Brown, Mount Sinai United Christian Church
  • Bishop C. Nathan Edwers, Senior Pastor, Friendship Worship Center
  • Rabbi Avi Kilimnick from Congregation Beth Shalom in Rochester
  • Avi Posnick, StandWithUs
  • Elder Robert Martinez Rice, Bethel Gospel Assembly
  • Rabbi Menachem Creditor, UJA
  • Bishop Minnie Crawford, The House of God Diocese
  • The Rev. Delvin Moody, the House of God Church, Inc.
  • Pastor Daren Jaime, The People’s A.M.E. ZION Church
  • Ali Javed, Chairman, Upper Westchester Muslim Society
  • Daniel Korobkin, President, Rabbinical Council of America
  • Rabbi Mark Wildes, Manhattan Jewish Experience
  • Bishop Dr. Luonne Abram Rouse, Family Church
  • Bishop Kenrick McBean, Redeem Christian Fellowship
  • Bro. Anthony Zuba, OFM Cap., Pastoral Associate, Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Congregation Ohab Zedek
  • Rabbi Daniel Sherman, West Side Institutional Synagogue



SOURCE: New York State | Executive Chamber | Press Office 

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Statement from Senator David Carlucci on Act of Domestic Terrorism in Monsey, NY

SPRING VALLEY, NY — December 29, 2019 — “The horrific act of mass violence at a rabbi’s home in Monsey yesterday, during Hanukkah, has shaken the very foundation of our community. We are all deeply disturbed by the the perpetrator’s callus actions and disregard for human life.

“Words matter, and we must call this hateful act on our Jewish community domestic terrorism. We must all unite and be forceful in denouncing hate and anti-Semitism any time we see it. Hate sadly continues to plague our society and pull at the moral fabric of who we are as Americans. It is more important than ever, that no stone go unturned when it comes to solutions to ending hateful rhetoric and anti-Semitic attacks. No one is born hating others, it is a learned behavior, and it needs to be addressed.

”The State Police hate crimes task force is investigating this act of domestic terror. I thank our brave members of law enforcement who responded to the scene and who our patrolling our synagogues today out of an abundance of caution. No one should have to worship in fear in this country, and I encourage residents to go about their daily lives.

I thank the members of the Jewish community who have been comforting residents in this time of grief. We pray for the victims and their families.”


Senator Carlucci represents Monsey residents in the NYS Senate


SOURCE: Mary Mueller | Communications Director | NYS Senator David Carlucci

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32BJ Statement on Attack in Monsey and Rise of Anti-Semitism By 32BJ SEIU President KYLE BRAGG

“As the president of one of the most diverse unions in the country, I know I speak for all of 32BJ in expressing my grief, horror and outrage at the recent string of violent attacks against the Jewish community in our region. Our thoughts are with the victims of Monsey, New York. Anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in any form are hateful scourges. They must be opposed like the lethal diseases they are, and their alarming increase must stir us to unity and action.

“On behalf of the 32BJ members, I send my condolences to the families and communities who have lost loved ones. We stand with all those impacted by this attack and the rise of anti-Semitism in the region, and we demand action by the authorities to ensure that all members of our communities, no matter their faith, race, or ethnic background, feel safe, secure and supported.”

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With over 175,000 members in 11 states, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

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32BJ Declaración Sobre el Ataque en Monsey y el Aumento del Antisemitismo atribuida a Kyle Bragg, Presidente de 32BJ SEIU

“Como presidente de uno de los sindicatos más diversos del país, sé que hablo en nombre de todos los miembros de 32BJ al expresar mi dolor, horror e indignación por la reciente serie de ataques violentos contra la comunidad judía en nuestra región. Nuestros pensamientos están con las víctimas de Monsey, Nueva York. El antisemitismo, el racismo y discriminación en cualquiera de sus formas son flagelos odiosos. Hay que oponerse a ellos como a las enfermedades letales que son, y su alarmante aumento debe incitarnos a la unidad y a la acción.

“En nombre de los miembros de 32BJ, envío mis condolencias a las familias y comunidades que han perdido a sus seres queridos. Estamos con todos los afectados por este ataque y el aumento del antisemitismo en la región, y exigimos que las autoridades actúen para garantizar que todos los miembros de nuestras comunidades, independientemente de su fe, raza u origen étnico, se sientan seguros, protegidos y apoyados”.


Con más de 175,000 afiliados en 11 estados, 32BJ SEIU es el sindicato de servicios de propiedad más grande del país.

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SOURCE: Frank Soults | Communications Director | 32BJ SEIU

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Statement from Westchester County Executive George Latimer on Incident in Rockland County 

WHITE PLAINS, NY — December 29, 2019 — “Westchester County stands with the people of Rockland County and condemns the horrific act of violence last night in Monsey.

“I have directed the Westchester County Police Patrol Units to conduct additional inspections of synagogues and any other Jewish facilities within our jurisdiction.  If any are occupied, we are having our officers stop in to reassure that we are here to protect them.

“This is in addition to the continuing Operation Safeguard Taskings which have been ongoing for more than a week in our County in conjunction with New York State Police.  These Taskings consist of daily inspections and high-visibility patrols of places of mass gatherings, transportation facilities and retail centers. County Police also has a detective partaking in the response to the incident in Rockland County.

“This is a very holy time of the year, one where we must come together and protect and support our neighbors. We pray for the victims and pray that unity and tolerance prevails.”


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Comments 6

  1. Keep letting these animals out with no bail, Democrats are the biggest hypocrites around. And its starts with Fredo, they make me sick to my stomach, I wouldn’t vote for a Democrat even if he was my brother.

  2. Cuomo, Latimer, Carlucci are all full of shit. Typical political pandering for the votes our community can give them. Endless Phew to you all politicians! God Bless the victims and their families.

    1. Cuomo and all the politicians fail to mention that a certain segment of the population are the majority of the arrested/suspects in these cases-but they are the first ones hollering and screaming if it was the other way around. Listing Al Sharpton has to be the biggest joke of them all.

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