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Crowley announces plan to create anti-Semitism
task force if elected Queens borough president
BY BILL PARRY
As the Jewish community grows more tormented by the day with the rise of
anti-Semitic attacks across the metropolitan area, Queens borough president
candidate Elizabeth Crowley announced that she would create the Queens
Anti-Semitism task force if elected. The task force would be made up of key
religious and civic leaders, law enforcement and public officials.
It would work to plan and implement a proactive action agenda to teach
tolerance, educate constituents, and promote the values that makes Queens
so strong, the former Councilwoman said. As anti-Semitic crimes increase
across the country, New York City has seen the largest increase in reported
hate crimes for anti-Semitic incidents with 152 reports this year, up 63 percent
from 93 reports last year. Half of the reports of hate crimes this year
“The numbers don’t lie and they are staggering,” Crowley said. “The fear
and concern I see in the faces of people I speak with is terrifying. Conversation
after conversation I am told of deep worries about not knowing whether
faith can be displayed in public.”
It is not just the attack on the Hasidic community in upstate Monsey on
Sunday in which Grafton Thomas allegedly slashed and stabbed five, or the
Dec. 10 attack on the kosher store in Jersey City, but it is also the random
street attacks that have brought trepidation to the Jewish community.
“The Jewish community deserves to live in peace and raise their families
without fearing if they will be attacked for who they are. Elected officials
have a great responsibility not just to react when an incident occurs, but to
act in stemming the tide against hate and intolerance. It is unacceptable to
me that the Jewish community is faced with these fears. I will make this a
top priority as borough president.”
In 2008, Crowley became the first woman and the first Democrat to be
Queens Borough President candidate Elizabeth Crowley will not allow a
climate of fear to persist in the Jewish community if she is elected.
Photo by Max Parrott/QNS
elected to represent District 30, which includes Middle Village, Glendale,
Ridgewood and parts of Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Forest Hills. She
lost her seat to Councilman Robert Holden in 2017 and is now running in a
field of five for Queens borough president special election.
Crowley will face Councilmen Donovan Richards, Costa Constantinides,
Jimmy Van Bramer, former Assistant District Attorney James Quinn
and police reform advocate Anthony Miranda in the March 24 special
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