Rockland town supervisors to hold public summit to voice concerns following Monsey attackPosted: Updated:
Fear and tension continue to mount in Rockland County since six members of the Orthodox community were stabbed during Hanukkah in Monsey – and now all five of the county’s town supervisors are holding a summit next week to do something about it.
Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht says the summit is the public's chance to voice concerns to all five town supervisors and police chiefs.
Unlike similar roundtables, like one with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand last month, the goal of the supervisors summit is get people not only to talk to elected officials, but also to talk with each other - instead of just spewing hate on social media.
“We're really going try to find a way to get the public to talk to the public, instead of shouting past each to talk to each other,” says Specht.
Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann says the summit will also help police strategize how to help each other and possibly prevent something similar to the Hanukkah stabbings.
“The primary goal was really to look at how we are policing, how we can cooperate with one another,” says Hoehmann.
Hoehmann and the other supervisors are tasked with inviting influential members of the public to the summit, which is scheduled to be held next Thursday.
The timing of the summit in the middle of the workday - a point of contention on social media – but supervisors say it's just a starting point for more meetings in the future.
The supervisors summit will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Montebello at 1 p.m.
The supervisors summit is open and free to everyone in the community who wishes to attend.