Swastikas Found Etched Into Bathroom Door At Nyack Starbucks

Sean Adams
September 17, 2019 - 11:42 am
Starbucks in Nyack

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NYACK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state's Hate Crimes Task Force to help investigate a pair of swastikas found etched into a bathroom door at a Starbucks in Rockland County.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day finds it disturbing that the swastikas may have been on display for weeks.

"How could this be there in a relatively public area for three weeks and nobody reported it?" Day said, questioning why nothing was done and why no one reported the hateful graffiti to police yet commented about it on Facebook. "They see something, say something and the say something is to the law enforcemenet, not to Facebook, not to friends and pals, don't keep it to yourself. Let the police know what's going on."

Evan Bernstein with New York's Anti-Defamation League says this comes on the heels of accusations of anti-Semitism in local politics.

"There's has been other kind of blog posts and ongoing stuff around measles and so I think there's been a lot of tough stuff for the Jewish community to have to contend with and now to have to contend with a swastika incident just adds to that," Bernstein said.

Both the governor and county executive condemn the hateful graffiti and say it will not be tolerated.

"In New York we have absolutely zero tolerance for such abhorrent symbols, which are designed to intimidate and sow division and are part of the cancer of hate that has infected the nation's body politic in recent years," Cuomo stated. "Anti-Semitism and hate in all its forms are repugnant to New York's values of inclusion, diversity and acceptance - and we will continue to call out cowardly acts of hate whenever and wherever we see them."

Starbucks also addressed the incident in a statement, saying, "Hatred and discrimination of any kind are not welcome in our stores. This was a reprehensible act of vandalism and we join the community in condemning this incident. We have engaged law enforcement, and fully support the State’s investigation of this matter."