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Lancman calls for stiff punishment on vandalism

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (c.) is joined by a bevy of lawmakers and community leaders at Congregation Ohr Natan in Rego Park as he announces proposed legislation that will increase fines for anyone found guilty of stealing from or damaging a house of worship in New York. Photo courtesy Rory Lancman
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State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) recently proposed legislation designed to deter would-be vandals and thieves from targeting religious institutions.

“Violating the sanctity of a house of worship through vandalism or theft violates our most fundamental values as Americans and New Yorkers, and merits the additional punishment which this legislation would impose,” Lancman said.

The bill would increase jail time and fines by reclassifying offenses like theft of items used in religious ceremonies and damage to the religious institution’s property as various classes of felonies.

The new classifications would carry maximum prison sentences of up to 15 years in some cases.

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