Decision postponed on New Square arson FBI probe

A decision to hand over the investigation into a fiery religious dispute in New Square to federal officials has been postponed.

Aron Rottenberg suffered critical burns in May. He says he was attacked in retaliation for his decision not to worship at the town's main synagogue. He spoke with the Rockland County Legislature last night, saying that a person should be able to pray where he chooses without fear of being targeted.

Some Rockland lawmakers want the FBI to take over the investigation into the attack, and others want to look into possible violations of Rottenberg's civil rights.

The decision will now go to a Public Safety Committee. If approved, it will be brought before the full Legislature for a vote.

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