Senator Todd Kaminsky recently urged New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (“DHSES”) Commissioner Roger Parrino at a Senate hearing to include security grant funding for religious institutions in the Five Towns following an uptick in threats to the Jewish community.

“At a time where we have seen anti-Semitism rear its ugly head, it is essential we do all we can to bolster security in our local community centers and yeshivas and keep every member of our community safe,” said Senator Kaminsky. “I urge Commissioner Parrino to keep the Five Towns in mind as this funding will go a long way towards protecting ourselves and neighbors, and I look forward to continuing to work hard to improve the security of our community.”

You can view the Senator’s testimony at YouTube.com/watch?v=w2VulydXsz4&feature=youtu.be.

Senator Kaminsky has been a staunch advocate for enhanced security measures in the Jewish community. Following last year’s spate of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers on Long Island and across the nation at-large—including the Friedberg JCC in Oceanside—in the Legislature, Senator Kaminsky pushed a program to award additional security funding to yeshivas, shuls, and other organizations across New York State. Through the $25 million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes program, local community organizations may be awarded a grant of up to $50,000 per facility—capped at $150,000—for additional security, training, door-hardening, cameras, and other related upgrades.

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