Elected Officials Denounce Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

Staten Island Elected Officials Decry 'vile act of hatred' at Site of Ramadan Ceremony

Staten Island Advance|  Monday August 20, 2012

By John Annese

(STATEN ISLAND, NY 8/20/12)-- Several of the borough's elected officials on Monday railed against what's being investigated as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime -- someone scattered pieces of bacon on the New Dorp Beach field where worshipers gathered to celebrate the last day of Ramadan.

Here are their remarks:

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island): "This type of hate crime against Staten Island's Muslim community is wrong, insensitive, and completely unacceptable. I expect this type of ignorance and religious intolerance in places like Iran or China, but it should not be tolerated at any level here on Staten Island.
"As a community, we are better than that. I have full faith that the NYPD will not only find who is responsible for this vulgar act, but also hold them fully accountable."

To see the remarks from District Attorney Daniel Donovan (R), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn), Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore), Councilman James Oddo (R-Mid Island), and Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) please click here.