BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to aid the NYPD as they continue to investigate an arson incident outside a Brooklyn yeshiva Thursday night.
Investigators say surveillance video captured a woman pouring gasoline outside the Yeshiva of Flatbush at 1609 Avenue J and lighting it on fire just before 7:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported and the building was not damaged.
The incident comes as the NYPD is reporting a sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes around the city.
So far this year, there have been 147 hate crimes targeting Jews in the city.
That's a 50% increase from all of last year, when there 98 incidents were determined to be hate crimes.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.