Council Member Julie Menin Hosts Antisemitism Town Hall Tonight

Council Member Julie Menin Hosts Antisemitism Town Hall on Wednesday
Council Member Julie Menin Hosts Antisemitism Town Hall on Wednesday/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – On the heels of a number of disturbing antisemitic incidents— including one right here on the Upper East Side now under investigation by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force— City Council Member Julie Menin is bringing together a who’s who of important and influential voices for a virtual town hall discussion on Wednesday focused on helping neighbors prevent and report bias crimes in our community.

Upper East Site was first to report on a Yorkville woman stunned and angered to find Nazi imagery stamped on one hundred dollar bills she had just received from an ATM inside a Chase bank near the corner of York Avenue and East 86th Street last January.

Swastika-stamped cash dispensed from Chase bank ATM/Upper East Site
Swastika-stamped cash dispensed from Chase bank ATM/Upper East Site

“I kept staring at it and saying this cannot be right,” Robyn Roth-Moise told Upper East Site just hours after taking the defaced cash out of the ATM.

“It was a slow motion shock and disbelief,” she said. 

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On the backsides of four one hundred dollar bills she had received, all were stamped with symbols in blue ink— one of them was a swastika, another appeared to be a Nazi war eagle. 

Woman received swastika-stamped cash from Chase bank ATM/Upper East Site, Robyn Roth-Moise
Woman received swastika-stamped cash from Chase bank ATM/Upper East Site, Robyn Roth-Moise

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is now working that case.

Since taking office at the beginning of the year, Council Member Menin has been outspoken about acts of antisemitism in our neighborhood, our city and our country. 

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Menin has previously told Upper East Site that “it is now more important than ever that we immediately call out hate speech and antisemitism in any form, as it cannot be tolerated.” 

NYC City Council Member Julie Menin
Council Member Julie Menin speaks at news conference in January/Upper East Site

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In response to this disturbing incident in Yorkville and others across the New York City, Menin’s team is bringing together a panel of experts and officials to arm the public with the knowledge they need to report acts of hate. 

Among those expected to join the virtual town hall discussion are:

To watch the virtual town hall meeting Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm, you must register in advance by clicking here.

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Council Member Julie Menin hosts Antisemitism Town Hall discussion on Wednesday
Council Member Julie Menin hosts Antisemitism Town Hall discussion on Wednesday

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