NEW YORK - City Council Speaker Corey Johnson says he's working with community leaders and police to reduce the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the city.
During a news conference in Williamsburg on Monday, Johnson called on Mayor de Blasio to fully fund the new Office of Hate Crime Prevention in the next city budget.
The NYPD says anti-Semitic incidents were up 82-percent in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2018.
One recent incident was caught on surveillance video, when an Orthodox Jewish man's hat was pushed off his head.
Police are also investigating after two Hasidic teens were allegedly taunted in Borough Park over the weekend.
"Jewish people are still being deliberately targeted by those who have nothing but hate and evil in their hearts because of their faith or because of their appearance," Johnson said.
Some community leaders are blaming the rise in attacks on the measles outbreak in the ultra Orthodox Jewish community, as well as what they call the normalization of hate across the country.