UPPER EAST SIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS JOIN TO CONDEMN GAY-BASHING INCIDENT, SEND JOINT LETTER TO D.A. MORGENTHAU
(Manhattan) Legislators Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Assembly Members Pete Grannis united to send a joint letter to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau expressing their outrage over a recent gay-bashing incident in the Upper East Side neighborhood they represent. After frequenting an Upper East Side bar with a largely gay clientele last Sunday, a Yorkville man was allegedly followed home and then savagely beaten by three attackers who used anti-gay slurs during the assault. In their letter to the District Attorney, the elected officials praised the quick action by the 19th Precinct. Recognizing the horrific nature of the assault, they wrote, "In any prosecution that you determine is appropriate, we hope that you would consider the penalties available under New York State's Hate Crimes Law."
Enacted in 2000 after a twelve-year lobbying campaign, the state Hate Crimes Law provides additional penalties for crimes in which a person is victimized because of his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, religious practice, age, or disability. The law also mandates that police and the courts gather data on hate crimes and their punishment.
"I am outraged that any person would be subject to the brutal violence and vicious homophobia that reportedly took place during this assault," said Congresswoman Maloney, who coordinated the joint effort. "Such rank bigotry has no place in society, and I join with my fellow legislators who represent the neighborhood in which this attack took place - Gifford Miller, Liz Krueger, and Pete Grannis - in expressing our personal outrage. We believe that whoever is responsible for these crimes should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."