Congresswoman Grace Meng, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz released the following statement after the NYPD 112th Precinct reported that a car’s tires had been punctured by an unknown object, with the hood of the vehicle defaced with the carving of a swastika over the weekend of July 3 in Forest Hills. The crime is being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.

“We are disgusted to learn about this reprehensible crime. While the owner of the vandalized vehicle may not have been Jewish, we cannot ignore the particular malice behind this incident - which occurred in an area that is home to one of the largest Jewish populations in New York City. Let there be no confusion: We stand together against any and all forms anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry, and hate - and we will maintain Queens’ standing as a borough that welcomes all. We thank the NYPD 112th Precinct and Hate Crimes Task Force for their prompt investigation and efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice.”