The NYPD's hate crimes unit is investigating damage to headstones at Washington Cemetery, a predominantly Jewish burial ground in Brooklyn, an NYPD spokesman said.
Investigators say the 40 tombstones were discovered lying down in Washington Cemetery yesterday.
The NYPD has determined that gravestones damaged at a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn were not vandalized. Authorities said Friday that Juan Thompson, a former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories, made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide as part of a campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend.
Police said they'd verified five overturned headstones, while New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind told reporters on Sunday that at least 40 headstones had been toppled.
"When I received a call from the Boro Park Shomrim that something had occurred at Washington Cemetery, I immediately sent a staff member who met with the police".
Hikind (second from left) consults with police.
Jewish cemeteries were recently found damaged in Rochester, New York, Philadelphia, Pannesylvania, and near St. Louis, Missouri.
The rash of vandalism and bomb threats have stirred fears of a rise in anti-Semitism in the United States since Donald Trump's election as president in January.
The governor is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials on his trip, and will return to the US on Monday.
He'll also host a New York State-Israel Economic Development working lunch with the mayor of Jerusalem.