Gov. Hochul visits Melville mosque where angry outburst occurred

Gov. Hochul met with religious leaders at the Islamic Center and promised protection from state police.

Kevin Vesey

Feb 26, 2024, 11:32 PM

Updated 108 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul pledged her support Monday afternoon to Long Island’s Muslim community in a visit to the Islamic Center of Melville.
The high-profile visit follows a racially charged outburst last week, which left many Mosque members frightened.
As News 12 has reported, 46-year-old Jordan Endler was charged with trespassing and harassment, after he was allegedly seen on camera berating worshipers at the mosque.
Endler makes numerous references to the Israel-Hamas war, and calls mosque members “racist.”
Hochul met with religious leaders at the Islamic Center and promised protection from state police.
The governor pointed to a $25 million grant program, aimed at helping religious institutions build up their security. Leaders at the mosque say the plan to apply for the funding.


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