Councilmen Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and a number of Queens residents turned out at Little Neck’s Samuel Field Y on Friday to denounce a reported rise in anti-Semitic and hate-related incidents.
The rally was held in the wake of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and anti-Semitic vandalism across the nation.
Vallone said that the rally’s intent was to promote unity during a time when many feel targeted.
“[Grodenchik] and I really wanted to get everyone today to be heard, that there is so much good in our community, there is so much joining of our faiths, of our families, of what makes New York City and Little Neck and Bayside and Douglaston and northeast Queens so amazing,” Vallone said. “We wanted to come today and say [that] we stand against hate and discrimination of any kind, against any race. But specifically, what has been happening with the anti-Semitic attacks and the threats of our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community is simply unacceptable.”
Joining the councilmembers were several Jewish and civic community leaders, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), Assemblymen Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and others. The leaders spoke to a crowded room in the Samuel Field Y.