NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Officials from Nassau and Suffolk County along with the Holocaust Memorial joined forces and announced the formation of an anti-hate task force on Long Island.
"We cannot look away from the fact that bigotry, anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred seek to divide us, and we will not be divided, said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center Chairman Steven Markowitz were joined by several religious leaders to announce the new task force.
“We teach that the Holocaust did not start with concentration camps," Steven Markowitziwed said. "In the beginning it was bullying, name calling, discrimination in the schools and the work place, and yes, graffiti." he added.
The anti-hate task force is intended to bring together elected officials, law enforcement and community leaders in order to educate both young people and adults about tolerance and to find solutions that would end the rise of hate crimes in the region.
The announcement comes after a rise in discrimination and bigotry across Long Island including a series of disturbing incidents of vandalism containing anti-Semitic and hate symbols at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County..