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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velazquez on Hate Vandalism in Williamsburg

Velázquez on Hate Vandalism in Williamsburg
November 22, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY-07) released the following statement regarding reports that Anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas and “KKK” had been scrawled in the stairwells of Independence Towers, public housing located in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhood:   

“All of us must speak with a collective voice in making clear there is no place for these despicable actions and demanding that the authorities investigate swiftly. While it is my fear that irresponsible rhetoric and a toxic national political environment can engender these types of acts, I also firmly believe that New York is a City that cherishes diversity – and we will stand together in renouncing these actions.”  

Last week, Velázquez introduced H.R. 6328, legislation that would establish a national hate crimes hotline and also provide federal funds to help local law enforcement prevent and prosecute hate crimes.