U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has joined a coalition of federal lawmakers pushing $90 million in additional federal funding to help improve security for what they have determined to be high-risk non-profits.
The move comes in the midst of an apparent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in recent months, according to a release.
The additional funding is part of the recently passed federal appropriations bill that would be delivered to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Such grants are available to help improve security and safety at institutions around New York, including synagogues, mosques, churches and community centers.
“We have all been horrified by the anti-Semitic attacks over the past few weeks, and the rising trend of terrorist attacks on houses of worship,” the coalition said, in a release. “This cannot continue, because everyone should be able to worship and pray in peace.
“Additionally, in the coming months, our offices will be working with organizations throughout New York City and the entire metropolitan area to ensure those in the community have all the federal grant funding, resources and tools they need at their fingertips. Because we all must work together to not only educate and eradicate hate, but to leave no stone unturned in our efforts to ensure safety and security in our communities.” https://riverdalepress.com/stories/lawmakers-hike-security-funding,70947?