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By Associated Press
ALBANY, NY – The Arrest of a New York Man accused of harassing a Jewish employee at a health food store is the youngest in the US An increasing number of anti-Semitic episodes reported in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
The Democrat joined police superintendent Keith Corlett in announcing the arrest of William Sullivan, 21, of Saugerties, for gross harassment.
The police said the conflict took place on March 11 at the mother's camp in Ulster, just outside Kingston, 50 miles south of Albany. The co-worker was in the cooler with another co-worker when Sullivan appeared in the door, turned off the lights and said to her, "They're in the gas chamber now," and then insulted her Jewish beliefs with an explosive soldier said.
Corlett said the woman told her managers about the meeting and later reported her to the police, who had not published the woman's name.
The owner of the business, Kevin Schneider, told Kingston's Daily Freeman that Sullivan was fired and that the woman quit. Schneider, who also owns shops near Saugerties and Poughkeepsie, did not return a call to look for details.
The 40-year-old company posted a statement on Facebook apologizing for the "immense upset" in the community.
"The situation is settled and the employee is no longer employed by us," the statement says. "We have never tolerated hate or will never tolerate it."
The soldiers said that Sullivan had issued a ticket and was released. He is due to appear in court on Tuesday. It was not clear if Sullivan had a lawyer who could comment.
Although the governor is unusual in attending press conferences announcing imposition of offenses, Cuomo's office said he was traveling to Kingston to draw attention to the rise of anti-Semitism episodes this year. Cuomo called the youngest sad, disturbing and scary.
"What makes it worse is frankly that this is not an isolated situation," he said. "We have experienced a growing number of anti-Semitic activities."
Cuomo said there have been about ten such cases since the beginning of January, including separate attacks on three Orthodox Jewish men in Brooklyn and the disfigurement of public spaces in New York City and on Long Island with swastikas.
The governor also mentioned the mass shooting of a mosque in Pittsburgh in October, which killed 11 Jewish worshipers, and the massacre of 50 Muslims at two mosques in New Zealand last week as examples of a virus. "That's all in all World spread. "
"That's something everyone has to worry about," said Roman Catholic Cuomo, who noted that his two brother-in-law were Jewish.