Chelsea synagogue vandalized with graffiti, Cuomo calls it 'despicable'

Elise Czajkowski
December 12, 2019 - 2:06 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Graffiti reading "666" was found scrawled on the wall of a Chelsea synagogue on Thursday morning. 

The graffiti was found on the wall of the Chelsea Synagogue and Chabad of Chelsea just before 9 a.m. The wall was defaced with the words "Soul saver." 

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo called the act "despicable" and ordered the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation. He also ordered increased police presence at synagogues and other Jewish institutions across the state. 

The incident follows Tuesday's shooting of a kosher market Jersey City, which is now being investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says the shooting may have been "fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs."

At a press conference on Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that anti-Semitic hate crimes were up 22 percent in New York City this year. 

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