New law makes vandalizing houses of worship a felony

With Halloween approaching this weekend, Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) has signed a bill into law that hopes to crack down on vandalism and mischief during trick-or-treating.

State Sen. Jeff Klein (D-N.Y.) was in Tuckahoe yesterday to tell religious leaders that Paterson signed his bill into law, which makes it a felony to vandalize the outside of houses of worship and their surrounding properties.

The vandalizing of churches has been a recurring problem in Westchester County. Last November police say vandals drew graffiti at St. Bartholomew's Catholic school in Yonkers and two months before that, other vandals scribbled satanic images on parking signs near St. Ann's church in Yonkers.

Religious leaders say they are relieved about the new legislation.

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