NYPD: City seeing 22% increase in anti-Semitic hate crimesPosted: Updated:
The city has witnessed a troubling increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, with the NYPD saying there's been a 22% increase from last year.
City leaders are proposing new initiatives to stop violence. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced increased police patrols, lighting and security cameras.
Sen. Simcha Felder criticized the efforts and said it is insulting. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries announced a joint initiative to combat anti-Semitism called "Breaking Bread and Building Bonds." This was in direct response to the attack in Monsey. It would have young people from different ethnic groups gathering together for 100 dinners to discuss cultural issues. Following that, they will visit homes to understand the environment people grow up in.
Officials say while the city is making changes, there needs to be a long-term plan to get to the root of the issue.
Adams expects the whole effort will cost $100,000 and as of now, his office will contribute $10,000. Adams hopes to recruit private organizations to help with the rest.