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Clarkstown Police Seek Leads In Attacks On Rabbis' Homes

State and local officials speak at a rally following a fire-bombing incident at the homes of two rabbis.
State and local officials speak at a rally following a fire-bombing incident at the homes of two rabbis. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Clarkstown police are working to find anyone connected with the two fire-bombing incidents Aug. 9 at the home of two Clarkstown rabbis.

"We don't have any suspects at this time, but we are actively working the case," said Clarkstown police spokesman Pete Walker. "To date, no one has stepped forward to offer information."

The incidents took place at the home of Rabbi Simcha Morganstern, where about 15 adults and children were gathered and where an incendiary device was set off under the gas tank of a parked car at about 10:30 p.m.

A few seconds later a similar attack took place a block away at the home of Rabbi Avremel Kotlartsky, where a bush adjacent to the house was set ablaze. No one was hurt in either incident.

Local officials, leaders, advocates and community members have rallied behind the rabbis in what is being labeled as "hate crimes."

In addition, the Anti-Defamation League said the organization is offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800.

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