NY Governor Offers Funding for Plate Readers in Ramapo Following Hanukkah Attack

New York’s governor has given nearly $700,000 to the town of Ramapo and the village of New Square to install license plate readers and security cameras. The funding comes in the wake of the Hanukkah stabbing incident at the Forshay Road home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg where dozens had gathered to celebrate the holiday. The suspect was nabbed after his license plate was given to the police and tracked by the NYPD. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the anti-Semitic activity in Ramapo and around the country are part of a cancer that is spreading, and dismissed the idea that more plate readers are infringing on motorists’ right to privacy…

Kevin Bruen is the First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police, and said the new plate reading systems will be installed in New Square and Monsey…

The governor also wants to see more funding for additional state police in the Hate Crimes unit, a domestic terrorism law and more funding for schools and religious organizations to put in security measures. 37 year-old Grafton Thomas of Greenwood Lake pleaded not guilty to federal charges yesterday stemming from the attack, in which five were injured, one remains hospitalized in a coma. His attorney is reportedly considering asking for a competency hearing to determine if Thomas is fit to stand trial. His family has said he has mental health issues. The New York Post says Thomas could face the death penalty if a comatose victim dies of his injuries.

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