Mayor: NYC rolling out Neighborhood Safety Coalitions, school curriculum to fight hate
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new safety measures Sunday in response to the recent violence toward the Jewish community.
While slamming the recent attacks in both Monsey and Jersey City, the New York City mayor announced the launch of the Neighborhood Safety Coalitions in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park. He says it will be overseen by the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes.
The coalitions will address issues that drive hate-based crimes and meet with community members to be a presence to deter acts of hate. They are based on a model already used in East Flatbush and Williamsburg/Bushwick, which the major says has reduced gun violence in their communities.
"Building grassroots leadership to literally intervene and stop violence before it happens," de Blasio says. "People prepared and trained to see the signs of violence and coming to stop them before it even happens. It won't just be people of one background in one neighborhood, it will be multiple backgrounds working together."
De Blasio also said he will add additional officers in Jewish neighborhoods and near houses of worship. Security cameras and light towers will also be added.
The city's Department of Education will also roll out a new curriculum that aims to educate young people on hate crimes and awareness, with workshops and other resources.
The mayor also reminds residents to say something if they hear or see someone attacking another.
"Call it out when you see hate," de Blasio says. "Let us know. We will be there as we have been to protect the Jewish community. We will do more than ever as we have been because this is a crisis."
De Blasio later joined the community to light Brooklyn's largest menorah for the last day of Hanukkah.