2 can’t-miss League events focus on surge in hate crimes

FBI to give presentation at Pride event Tuesday, key elected officials from Jewish Caucus to speak Wednesday

The League of Municipalities conference, which opens Tuesday in Atlantic City, is one of the biggest networking events of the business season — a three-day effort known as much for its parties as the hundreds of important information sessions that occur.

This year, in connection with the rise of hate crimes and anti-Semitism, there are two key events that attendees should mark on their calendars.

On Tuesday, representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s office in Newark will give a talk on the increase in hate crimes, what you can do if it happens to you — and resources that are available to the general public that most are not aware of.

The event, to be held at Ocean Casino Resort from 10 am. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce, but the content of the discussion will be broad-based.

“This is not just going to be about attacks on the LGBTQ+ community,” Pride Chamber Executive Director Gus Penaranda said. “This is about all hate crimes toward all groups.”

Penaranda said the FBI will give a short presentation, starting at 11, and then answer questions. The program, he said, is an outgrowth of the FBI Citizens Academy, where the agency explains to citizen groups all the ways they can help identify hate crimes.

“I think their presentation and answers will be incredibly informative and eye-opening,” he said.

The event is free. To register, click here.

On Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m., the New Jersey Jewish Public Officials Caucus and the New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance will co-sponsor an event at the Waves Room at the Borgata.

State Sens. Jon Bramnick, Linda Greenstein, Bob Singer, Michael Testa and Andrew Zwicker, along with Assembly members Roy Freiman, Beth Sawyer, Gary Schaer and Lisa Swain, are expected to attend.

Additional attendees include Atlantic City County Executive Dennis Levinson and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

The event is free. More details here.