NYC Council Raises Criminal Penalties for Defacing Houses of Worship

NEW YORK -
Police in front of a shul in Flatbush. (Hamodia/File)

The New York City Council unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would raise criminal penalties for defacing houses of worship from $500 to $1,000, the New York Post reported.

Passage of the bill comes as acts of vandalism against houses of worship in the city, including recent attacks on synagogues in The Bronx, have risen.

“Every New Yorker deserves to feel secure in practicing their faith,” said Councilman Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), who sponsored the bill. “We at the council today demonstrated our duty to stand and staunchly defend religious liberty in our great city.”