Billionaire Ronald Lauder slams de Blasio over hate crime spike: ‘This is a crisis’

New York Post 1 week ago

Manhattan cosmetics billionaire Ronald Lauder blasted Mayor de Blasio for the surge in anti-Semitic crimes in the city.

“This is a crisis for all New Yorkers,” Lauder, who is also president of the World Jewish Congress, told The Post. “And Mayor de Blasio needs to understand press releases won’t fix the problem. We need actions, not words. Whatever is being done now clearly isn’t enough.”

“As the elected leader of the city with the largest Jewish population in the US, Mayor de Blasio has a special obligation to take the lead on combating anti-Semitic violence,” he said.

“As Jews here feel more and more vulnerable, how many can believe this mayor considers their safety his priority?”

The NYPD has recorded 170 hate crimes against Jews this year through the first week of October, versus 111 in the same period in 2018.

“There are Holocaust survivors living here who are afraid to walk the streets for fear of being attacked just for being Jews. That is outrageous,” Lauder said.

The NYPD said it works with the Jewish community to ensure safety for all.

And a mayoral spokeswoman said, “There is no place for hate in New York City,” and noted that City Hall works with the community and NYPD to keep all New Yorkers safe.

The city created the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes last month and tapped Anti-Defamation League veteran Deborah Lauter to run it.

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