Brooklyn, NY: Advocates without Borders founder and candidate for NYC Public Advocate, Tony Herbert is calling on District Attorneys in all five counties to “get tough” on suspects charged with robbing and assaulting senior citizens.
Said Herbert, “Our seniors built this city and it is up to us to ensure they are protected in their golden years. I am challenging all five District Attorney’s to step up to the plate and send a clear message to would be criminals that crimes against senior citizens will not be tolerated.”
Herbert wants the District Attorney to refuse to accept plea bargains when it comes to robbery and assault on senior citizens. He also wants criminals who repeatedly prey on senior citizens to be charged under NYS “hate crimes” law which carry stricter penalties.
Herbert continued, “According to the NYPD website for Hate Crime Statistics, there were a total of 32 felony assault hate crime complaints in New York City during 2018 – that number represents all the complaints deemed to be a hate crime including crimes motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. NYS says that hate crimes based on age make up less than one percent in the state, but all we have to do is watch the news to figure out that number is way too low. This past December, 87 year old Gladys Marti died after she was assaulted in a Bronx McDonalds, yet statistics are showing that there were zero murders reported under the “hate crime” report.
“We also know that on Christmas Day, 88 year old Lyubov Faynshteyn was brutally attacked in the bedroom of her Coney Island apartment. Several days ago a 68 year old man was robbed by three men in front of his home at Tinton Avenue and E. 169th Street in the Bronx.
“Today we stand here in Red Hook because an 82 year old woman was assaulted.”
“People who prey on senior citizens should be made an example of. I urge our District Attorney’s to ban together and send a clear message that assault on seniors will not be tolerated. They came together to refuse to prosecute quality of life crimes. It’s their obligation to now stand up for our seniors.”