More than 100 gravestones at the Mount Carmel Cemetery were toppled or damaged.
"As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, to see this occur in America in 2017 is deeply disturbing, and we must send a clear message to anyone who believes that they could strike fear into any religious group: hate will not be tolerated in NY", said Sen, Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, who represents parts of lower Westchester County.
Cemetery officials said yesterday there were at least a dozen desecrated grave markers.
"They've said something to someone".
The president of the Britton Road Association, the nonprofit management company that oversees the Vaad Hakotel Cemetery, also called the Stone Road Cemetery, said there's no proof the incident was either a hate crime or an anti-Semitic attack. She was reassured when Governor Cuomo put out a statement directed to Rochester about hate crimes for the second day in a row.
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"The recent rash of terror inflicted on Jewish institutions in Pennsylvania and across the country is incredibly alarming".
Waad Hakolel has been a part of Jewish history in Rochester for decades.
According to the report, police were holding off investigating the vandalism until notification by the cemetery.
There was no immediate comment from officials at the cemetery. The State Police Hate Crimes Task Force, in partnership with federal and local authorities, have launched aggressive investigations into reported hate crimes across the state.