New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said finding the killer of haredi Orthodox Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark is a priority, and he condemned the New York Post’s coverage of the incident.
De Blasio, who has been roundly criticized for his silence in the case, ripped the newspaper for its coverage on the front page of its Jan. 4 edition that included a headline blaring “Who didn’t want him dead?” next to a photo of Stark, 39, sporting a large shtreimel and graying side curls.
“It was unfair. It was hurtful. And there is really no place for that kind of thing in New York City,” de Blasio told the WMCA’s Orthodox-interest “Community Matters” radio program. “I know a lot of people are outraged, and I share their outrage.”
The mayor, who was sworn in at the start of the year, vowed to find Stark’s killer or killers.
Meanwhile, police reportedly found a new clue in the case, with WABC-TV reporting that a cellphone being used as a tracking device was found taped under Stark’s car. Police are trying to identify the phone’s owner.
Stark’s body was found Jan. 3 on suburban Long Island, some 16 miles away from his office in the heavily Satmar section of Williamsburg, where he was kidnapped the previous evening. Police say he was suffocated before his body was placed in a dumpster outside a Great Neck gas station and burned. — jta