WASHINGTONVILLE, NY — Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM - New Windsor) released the following statement regarding threats made against Catholic masses on Mother’s Day. Law enforcement is warning that extremists may try and disrupt Catholic masses on Sunday—Mother’s Day.
These threats have been made by extremist groups on social media, including known specific threats in New York.
Law enforcement agencies across the Hudson Valley are taking direct action to protect Catholic Churches and other Houses of Worship and keep those gathering safe. Worshipers will be protected by seen and unseen security measures.
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “I have been in close communication with state and local law enforcement and community leaders along with religious leaders across the Hudson Valley regarding the threats made against Catholic Masses this Sunday. These anti-Catholic threats are unacceptable and un-American. Should any criminal acts take place all involved must be charged to the fullest extent of the law, including hate crime charges. I want to thank local enforcement and Sheriff's offices that will be standing guard at our Churches this weekend to ensure all can worship freely and safely. Our law enforcement always shows up to defend and protect our communities. We will overcome these hateful and bigoted threats.”