Monsey Hanukkah attack victim Josef Neuman dies at 72, Cuomo to name domestic terrorism bill after him

Kimberly Dole
March 30, 2020 - 2:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- One of the victim’s of December’s Hannukah stabbing attack in Monsey has died, a community leader announced late Sunday night.

"With great sadness we mourn the passing of Josef Neuman at the age of 72, who succumbed to injuries sustained during the #MonseyStabbing while celebrating Chanukah on December 28th. May his memory be a blessing," Rabbi Yisroel Kahan tweeted.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is naming a new domestic terrorism bill after Neuman.

"After the hate-fueled attack in Monsey, I vowed to enact a law that calls this violence & hate what it is—domestic terrorism—and punishes perpetrators accordingly," Cuomo tweeted. "I will rename this bill in honor of Josef & I call on the Legislature to pass it. We owe it to him to get it done."

Cuomo also tweeted, "New York is heartbroken by the death of Josef Neumann, who was brutally attacked during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey three months ago. This hate-motivated attack shook us to our core. Any attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."

Neuman had been in critical condition after he was slashed several times by the attacker's machete, which penetrated his skull.

He was among five people slashed with the machete by Grafton Thomas on Dec. 28 at the home of a local rabbi who was hosting a Hanukkah party. 

Neuman had been "showing signs of improvement," when, according to a community leader, he opened his eyes after being in a coma for 59 days. 

Thomas was charged with five counts of attempted murder and federal hate crimes and could face an upgraded murder charge now that Neumann has died, the New York Post reports.