Good Wednesday morning. Here’s a glance at today’s editorial:
New Square assault: Editorial
We comment on the case of Aron Rottenberg, the New Square plumber who was severely burned during an attack by 18-year-old Shaul Spitzer on Sunday morning. We call for a federal probe of the incident. We write:
“… Federal authorities, better positioned to inquire where local officials will not, should vigorously investigate the attack, and the systematic harassment that preceded it, as a civil rights violation and hate crime.
The federal probe is warranted because of the pattern of wrongful conduct alleged and the local officials’ seeming willful blindness to it. Village leaders and Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence summarily dismissed the notion that Rottenberg was the victim of a campaign of intimidation, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. St. Lawrence, who heads the town’s Police Commission, on Monday merely parroted representations from New Square officials that the violence was an isolated incident between Rottenberg and his accused attacker, Shaul Spitzer of nearby Adams Lane.
More rigorous inquiry is clearly warranted — and by an outside agency unencumbered by the dictates of local politics. Bloc voting in New Square makes the religious community a potent force in the conduct of town business. Clearly, the parameters of this dispute, rooted in religious expression and First Amendment protections, command an assessment by impartial authorities.”
Here’s a digest of what our colleagues are saying today:
Now Kathy Hochul must work to fulfill campaign promises: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Strengthen Kendra’s Law: Editorial, The Buffalo News
On the verge of a fine wine deal: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Property tax cap a victory: Editorial, Newsday
Tough choices on security grants: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal