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Cumbo Blames Community Tension For Knockout Attacks

Council member-elect releases open letter on Facebook.

In an open letter posted on her Facebook page, City Councilmember-elect Laurie Cumbo has addressed the recent "knockout" attacks in the Crown Heights community, and has placed the blame on community tension between black and Jewish residents.

Cumbo said in the letter that she has seen a degree of tension in the community with regard to "the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success."

Already, the letter has garnered an intense reaction in the community. Some have said it only further drives a wedge, but supporters on Facebook have added their own comments backing her acknowledgement of largely unspoken tension.

The letter was picked up by several media outlets, and criticized by Assemblyman Dov Hikind. 

Cumbo also wrote in the letter that she plans to hold a series of meetings after taking office in the hope of uniting Jewish and black community members in an effort to stop the attacks.  
Schellie Hagan December 07, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Is Patch censoring the news again? Yesterday there were four comments to this story. Where are they?
heather paul December 07, 2013 at 08:50 PM
It is not very helpful for ms cumbo to post on Facebook her personal point of view before she even meets with those who would be able to address the community problems so that they can listen. Hear. Learn. And not incite people to think her comments are more important than resolution What she needs to address is that the entire community from the museum to Bedford to classon to further up the parkway has and continues to go more upscale And as that happens things change. Personally I feel that it is a class issue not a religion or race issue. That's what she should acknowledge
Matt Frazier December 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I agree heather paul- what people cease to realize is that gentrifiers come in all shades and colors. There are alot of high-worth black people that are buying brownstones and condos in the neighborhoods as well. Perhaps they may have different reasons than a white buyer (may want to live in a historic black community or live where they are not a minority) but the effect is still the same.
John Straker December 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I was happy to get a holiday greeting from Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio on 12/24 until I read Cumbo's on 12/25 and realized she plagiarized his holiday greeting. Then she states that his wife helped her with the trip to Ghana in the NY Times when a few weeks ago she admitted it was Professor Len Jeffries in the NY Post. Cumbo is a phony, insecure, substance lacking LIAR! She should tell us about her grand experience with ADRIALA Art gallery in Clinton Hill and polygamy.

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