Saturday, January 28, 2012

Klein to Unveil Legislation to Stiffen Penalties on Thieves who Target Churches, Synagogues & Other Houses of Worship

It is heart breaking to hear thieves are targeting Houses of Worship. Fortunately, State Senator Klein is proposing legislation to help put an end to it. Kudos for Klein’s consistent tough stance on crime.



BRONX, N.Y. – State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/ Westchester) will be joined by local religious and community leaders to unveil new legislation that would stiffen penalties on thieves who target religious institutions. The announcement comes on the heels of a rash of break-ins and thefts in the past month at Bronx churches and synagogues. The announcement will take place in front of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church, the target of a break-in and burglary on January 7th.

WHO: Senator Klein, Zoodohos Peghe Pastor, the Rev. Sylvester Berberis, Parish Council President John Korres, Rabbi Shohama Wiener of Temple Beth El, Temple Beth El Council President Paul Klein, the Rev. Michael Challinor of St. Mary's Star of the Sea, as well as parishioners, community leaders and representatives from the Waterbury LaSalle Community Association , the City Island Chamber of Commerce, Community Board 10, Pelhem Bay Taxpayers and Civic Association, and others.


WHAT: Press Conference announcing new legislation to stiffen criminal penalties for thieves who target houses of worship.

WHERE: Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church, 3573 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, NY 10461

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