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Vandalism Hits Sea Cliff

Nassau Police investigate possibly connected anti-Semitic crimes

An investigation is underway by the Nassau County Police Department after a swastika was found on a resident’s garage in Sea Cliff. The home, on Glen Avenue, is owned by a 63-year-old woman, Detective Migliore of the Nassau County Police Department reported.

The swastika found on the garage was five by five inches and written in black marker, according to police.

The incident was a part of a larger wave of graffiti that started on Dec. 27, 2011, said Sea Cliff’s Director of Public Works John Mirando. Additional swastikas and the phrases “white knights,” “420,” and “WK” were found in the village, say police.

In Great Neck, police said they were also investigating a swastika carved onto a car parked in the Babylonian Jewish Center.

Ron Meier, a representative of the Anti-Defamation League, said the key to combating these kinds of crimes is to immediately condemn them and show that they are not tolerated under any circumstances. He also expressed that law enforcement involvement is crucial.

 “I think that hate can find its place, unfortunately, anywhere and sometimes in unexpected places and places that don’t have a history of this,” he said in a phone interview with the Record Pilot, adding that this area hasn’t had any such history.

The vandalism has prompted condemnation and concern from the community. Mayor Kennedy, clearly upset by these events, deplored the crimes.  

“The last thing in the world I want is for Sea Cliff to be known for this type of a hate crime that really doesn’t depict what this village is about,” he told an audience at a public meeting Monday night. “I’m personally very disturbed by it.”

At the meeting, police told the Record Pilot that they did not know if these crimes were all committed by the same offenders. One official said the motivation of the vandalism was not related to the property owners. Police believe that the vandalism was committed by youths, however. The most recent crime is being treated as aggravated harassment due to the swastika’s nature, officials told the audience. They also said that they would use additional officers — both plainclothes and in uniform — to further investigate the crimes.

Law enforcement officials at the meeting advised residents to keep their eyes open for any suspicious activity as well as document and report any graffiti found.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call an anonymous tip line at 1-800-244-TIPS.