You are reading

Cuomo Calls on State Hate Crimes Unit to Investigate Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found at Rego Park School

Swastikas at P.S. 139 in Rego Park (Photo: Karen Koslowitz)

Feb. 24, 2019 By Christian Murray

Governor Andrew Cuomo has called on the New York state hate crimes task force to help find those responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti found on a Rego Park school playground on Friday.

“I am appalled and disgusted by the Swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols of hate that were scrawled in a Queens schoolyard,” Cuomo said in a statement Sunday.

“In New York, we have zero tolerance for such vile acts of anti-Semitism. I am directing the New York State Hate Crimes Task Fore to immediately assist the NYPD in the investigation of this hideous act and hold those accountable to the full extent of the law.”

The announcement follows the discovery of dozens of swastikas and messages such as “Heil Hitler (sic)” scribbled in chalk over the school yard at P.S. 139, located at 93-06 63rd Dr.

Karen Koslowitz brought the alarming incident to the public’s attention on Friday shortly after she visited the school.

“I am horrified, disgusted and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today,” Koslowitz posted to social media, adding that the NYPD is investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

The imagery has since been washed off.

Students were off school for midwinter recess but the playground was open to the public.

The drawings were discovered by the school’s custodian, according to reports.

There has been a significant increase in the number of anti-Semitic bias crimes in New York City this year. There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city for the year through Feb. 17, compared to 21 for the same period a year ago, according to a New York Times report.

“New Yorkers stand with the Jewish community against anti-Semitism in all its forms, especially in the wake of the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in our nation’s history.” Cuomo said, referring to the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Op-ed: Protecting Forest Hills Stadium

Jun. 14, 2024 By Thomas Grech

After more than a decade since its rebirth, it is unfathomable to consider Forest Hills without our venerable 101-year-old Forest Hills Stadium. The iconic venue is an asset to our community in so many ways – from creating jobs, to supporting local organizations, to providing invaluable links to our community’s rich history. Amazingly, a small band of unrealists who fail to understand that communities are constructed on the mutual grace and respect of our neighbors, want to shut down Forest Hills Stadium for good.

Op-ed: Congestion pricing would do much more harm than good for New Yorkers

Jun. 11, 2024 By Assemblymember David I. Weprin

Like many residents throughout the five boroughs and across the New York Metro Area, I was pleasantly surprised by Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to “indefinitely pause” the implementation of Congestion Pricing. Rather than seeing this as a cynical calculation, as some have alleged, I see the Governor’s decision as a deeply pragmatic response to the crescendo of public concerns that I and many others have raised for years. As the countdown to the June 30 implementation date neared, everyday New Yorkers did what we do best: we spoke up for ourselves and said we won’t accept a bad deal! I applaud Governor Hochul for having the courage not just to listen to us but to take a tough stand against this misguided policy.