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NY shows unity after synagogue shooting: ‘We’re all in this together’

October 28, 2018 - 3:39 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Local leaders rallied behind the Jewish community as they mourned and showed unity a day after a gunman killed 11 people and wounded six others at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from Monday until next Sunday in honor of the victims of the shooting in Pittsburgh and another shooting in Kentucky in which two black grocery patrons were shot by a white gunman; both shootings are being investigated as possible hate crimes.

“The hate in this country has reached a fever pitch, and it is bubbling over into violence,’’ Cuomo said in a statement.

At a press conference at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side Sunday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio said hate wouldn’t win in New York.

“New Yorkers know that the only way to address hatred is head on,” the mayor said. “We have to confront it, all of us together.”

The mayor also said New Yorkers stand with those mourning in Pittsburgh.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Pittsburgh today. Our hearts go out to the members of the Tree of Life synagogue. We feel at one with them. I hope they can feel the love."

De Blasio added that there are no credible threats to the city.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan also spoke at Temple Emanu-El.

“In this city, we get along. We love one another. We work together. Do we sometimes argue, do we disagree? Yes. But the respect for the inherent dignity of every human being and the sacredness of human life we never, ever question," Dolan said.

The cardinal went on to say: “A violent attack on any human life is bad. Horrible. Awful. Nauseating. A violent attack on people who are at prayer in a sanctuary that’s characterized by peace and unity is worse and a violent attack on a people, the Jewish people, who have suffered for centuries adds to the degradation and horror yesterday.”

Rabbi Joshua Davidson, the senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El, said the synagogue has received solidarity and prayers from many over the past day. 

“We are all in this together, no matter our faith, our race, our ethnicity, our gender identity or preference,” Davidson said.

Earlier in the day, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition and religious leaders at the Ohel Bais Ezra Children's Home and Family Services in Midwood. 

Adams said a number of measures should be taken in response to the deadly shooting. He said he wants off-duty Jewish police officers to bring guns to synagogues, off-duty Muslim officers to bring guns to mosques and off-duty Christian officers to bring guns to their houses of worship.

“If we have police officers standing in front of churches, then we can’t say it’s wrong for a police officer whose off-duty to be inside churches with a gun,” Adams said.

Adams also wants authorities in the state to scan social media postings before granting someone a pistol permit.

“Many of these people are so dysfunctional that they’re putting on their social media exactly what their thoughts are,” Adams said.

Police say Robert Bowers killed eight men and three women in the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him.