Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo: Knockout game due to tension between black, Jewish communities

Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo says her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growing Jewish community.

Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo says her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growing Jewish community. (12/5/13)

CROWN HEIGHTS - Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo has written a letter blaming the so-called knockout game on tension between the black and Jewish communities.

Cumbo says in her letter that many of her black constituents told her that they feel threatened by the neighborhood's growing Jewish community.

In her letter Cumbo says, "many African-American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes."

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind says he has been following the attacks closely and says there is a real problem if this is what Cumbo has picked up from people.

There have been about a dozen attacks in and around Crown Heights over the past month. Most of the victims have been of Jewish descent, but some were also black.

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