Statement From Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino Re: Introduction Of S.7547, Ban Of Public Displays Of Swastikas

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Supervisor Anthony Santino (3rd left), local religious leaders and neighbors gathered in 2015 at Lido Beach to speak in support of state legislation banning the swastika and categorizing the Nazi symbol as hate speech.

In response to the introduction of New York State Senate Bill S.7547, a legislative proposal that will ban the public display of the swastika and designate it as hate speech, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino released the following statement:

“The swastika is a symbol of hate that will forever be associated with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime.  Last year, I stood at Lido Beach with religious leaders, concerned neighbors and educators to call on the State Legislature to strengthen laws that prohibit the display of swastikas and categorize the Nazi symbol as hate speech.

“Partnering with me and Hempstead Town, Assemblymen Brian Curran, Ed Ra and David McDonough introduced legislation to close a state law loophole, designating the swastika as a hate symbol and banning it from public display along with similar symbols of intolerance like the noose or a burning cross.

“I am glad that this issue Hempstead Town and I raised a year ago is again getting attention in Albany.”