Brooklyn, NY - Marty Golden Now Says He Opposes NYPDâ€™s Spying Program
Brooklyn, NY - In a complete reversal of his earlier stance, New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) now calls spying on mosques â€śabsolutely wrong.â€ť
At a candidatesâ€™ forum hosted by the Arab-American Association of New York, Golden told the audience, â€śAnybody that would spy on any religious institution is absolutely wrong. I do not stand by anybody who would do that. If [Commissioner Kelly] has, he should apologize â€“ but it hasnâ€™t been proven that he has.â€ť
According to Brooklyn Campaign.com (http://bit.ly/TymjXb), Goldenâ€™s remarks came in response to a question as to whether Commissioner Kelly should apologize for its program of spying on Muslims in New York City and elsewhere as means of preventing a terror attack.
Goldenâ€™s Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, called Golden out for his change of heart, noting that Golden had, in fact, sent a letter to Commissioner Kelly praising him and the NYPD for its efforts.
As previously reported on VIN, Golden was a signatory on a letter written by Assemblyman Dov Hikind to Commissioner Kelly praising the NYPD for its counterterrorism measures and for â€śusing all means at your disposal to prevent another terrorist attack like 9/11 from occurring.â€ť Specifically, the letter states, â€śWe admire you for going to precisely the source of the problem. The NYPD has wisely embraced the cold reality that heinous acts of terrorism have been, and will continue to be, attempted or committed by radical Muslims or other radical groups. . . .â€ť
Golden is seeking re-election to a sixth term in the New York State Senateâ€™s 22nd District.
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