Friday, June 03, 2011

Rockland lawmakers speak out about New Square incident 

Rockland County Legislator Joe Meyers Thursday joined a call for a federal probe into recent events in the Village of New Square where a man was assaulted and burned over 50 percent of his body when an 18-year-old tried to torch his house. Aron Rottenberg was severely burned when the accelerant used by the alleged assailant caught his clothing on fire.

Rottenberg, 18, is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree attempted arson and second-degree attempted murder.

The incident is said to have been prompted by Rottenberg’s attendance at a synagogue not sanctioned by the religious leadership of the Hasidic community.

Meanwhile, County Legislator Jacques D’I Michel said as a neighbor, minister, criminologist and county lawmaker, “I deplore the recent attack.”

He said the fact that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by a teen is indicative of a wider societal problem as noted by Mahatma Gandhi. “If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children.”


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