Nelsonville, NY – A home under construction in Nelsonville and owned by a Jewish resident was vandalized overnight with graffiti that included a swastika and an antisemitic slur.
The contractor, who is also of Jewish heritage, alerted The Current after discovering the damage. The property owner asked that his name and the address of the property be withheld because of concerns for the safety of his family. But he said the incident “gives members of the community an opportunity to stand on the right side of history.”
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating the vandalism, which was made with black spray paint and also included the word “Kikes” and “Prowler.” A representative for the sheriff’s office said that if it’s deemed a hate crime, criminal mischief charges could be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony or from a lower to a higher-level felony, depending on the extent of damages.