Safety coalitions formed in Brooklyn to combat anti-Semitic crimes

Kimberly Dole
January 24, 2020 - 4:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, announced that safety coalitions would be formed in three Brooklyn neighborhoods that have recently experienced anti-Semitic attacks.

The Neighborhood Saftey Coalitions, or NSC, will bring together leaders from over 70 community institutions in Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and Borough Park to create a visible network of ambassadors for neighborhood safety and unity.

They will also aim to mobilize community response, and promote cultural understanding.

"Hate has no place in our communities, and in New York City, we watch out for our neighbors," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Our new Neighborhood Safety Coalitions will help communities address the root causes of hate and deter acts of violence before they occur."

Each NSC will work to fulfill the mission the Mayor laid down in the wake of the violent attacks on the Jewish communities in Jersey City, NJ and Monsey,NY.

Starting in February, the coalitions will begin meeting and are modeled on anti-violence programs proven to generate safety by neighbors for their neighborhoods.

Each NSC will consist of leaders from approximately 24 community religious congregations, local organizations, tenant associations, community boards, businesses and schools from of the three each neighborhoods.

"The battle against hate crimes is multi-faceted, necessitating an 'all hands on deck approach,'" said Rabbi David Niederman, President of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn.

"The NSC coupled with all levels of government dedicating the appropriate resources will enable us to stabilize the crisis of hate crimes that keeps sinking into our streets. We are grateful to the Mayor for his stewardship of the NSC and the city’s response to anti-Semitic hate crimes," he added.

Individual coalitions will work with the Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes in to identify the unique needs within each neighborhood, scale existing efforts and develop long-term strategies that promote respect and break down stereotypes.

They will also offer a visible presences in their communities that include neighborhood walks and speakers bureaus in schools and community organizations.

The city plans to allocate $200,000 to each of the three neighborhoods in order to provide day-to-day support for the coalitions’ initiatives.

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