Cuomo renames hate crime legislation to honor Monsey stabbing victim
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Cuomo renames hate crime legislation to honor Monsey stabbing victim

Day after victim succumbs to wounds, NY governor says proposed legislation will be called the Josef Neumann Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act

Josef Neumann, 72, who was seriously injured during a December 29, 2019, machete assault in Monsey, New York, and died three months later (courtesy)
Josef Neumann, 72, who was seriously injured during a December 29, 2019, machete assault in Monsey, New York, and died three months later (courtesy)

JTA — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is renaming proposed state hate crime legislation in honor of the Monsey stabbing victim who died on Sunday.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Josef Neumann, who suffered brutal stab wounds, after an attacker invaded the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on the final night of Hanukkah, three months ago,” Cuomo said in a statement Monday.

“This repugnant attack shook us to our core, demonstrating that we are not immune to the hate-fueled violence that we shamefully see elsewhere in the country.”

Neumann had remained in a coma from the time of the December 28 attack to his death. He was 72. Four others were injured in the attack.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, after a machete attack during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in Monsey, New York, on December 29, 2019. (Kena Betancur/AFP)

Following the attack, Cuomo proposed legislation that equates hate crimes with domestic terrorism. The legislation will be called the Josef Neumann Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act.

Cuomo called on the state legislature to pass the act in the budget due this week.

“We owe it to Mr. Neumann, his family and the entire family of New York to get it done now,” the governor said.

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