As the Jewish holidays approach, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter, and Arthur Katz, Chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island (JCRC-LI), have announced the establishment of a fund to provide a $1,000 reward (per incident) for anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who perpetrate anti-Semitic crimes. The fund is made possible by a donation from Roslyn resident Brad Gerstman, who spearheaded the effort in light of increased incidents of anti-Semitism.
“Nassau County will not tolerate bias crimes and is meeting with Jewish community leaders to discuss enhanced security measures during the upcoming High Holy Days,” said County Executive Mangano. “I thank the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island and Brad Gerstman for establishing this fund, which is a great addition to our CrimeStoppers program and acts to deter crimes of this nature.”
JCRC-LI has created an escrow account that will be used to fund rewards and will accept donations of any size. Decisions regarding the allocation of rewards will be made on a case-by-case basis by the JCRC in consultation with the Nassau County Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, and other law-enforcement agencies.
“This fund will help law enforcement prevent and solve hate crimes against the Jewish community, and I’m proud to support it,” said Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice. “Hate crimes against any community shouldn’t be tolerated, and I commend the JCRC-LI for its leadership on this always-important issue.”
“I would love to solve the world problem of anti-Semitism, but that isn’t realistic, so I want to help make sure Long Island stays safe from anti-Semitic hate crimes. That’s why I am joining with County Executive Ed Mangano, Commissioner Krumpter, and the JCRC to create this fund,” said Brad Gerstman.
“I am grateful to Brad Gerstman, who thought of this idea and brought the concept of this fund to my attention. If not for Brad, this fund would not be a reality, and JCRC-LI is proud to play a role actualizing Brad’s vision. JCRC-LI also values the commitment of Nassau County’s Police Department on this endeavor. We look forward to working with the Suffolk County Police on a similar fund,” said Arthur Katz, JCRC-LI Chairman.
The mission of JCRC-LI is to inform and mobilize the Long Island community to take action locally, nationally, and internationally to address community-relations issues important to both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
JCRC-LI focuses on fostering positive and meaningful intergroup relationships, serving as a resource for information and advocacy about Israel and international affairs for the communities of Long Island, maintaining an ongoing dialogue between the Jewish community and governmental officials at the local, state, and federal levels, and serving as an umbrella for Jewish institutions across Long Island.