Police: Man told Jewish co-worker she was in ‘gas chamber’

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York man has been charged after he turned off the lights in a store’s cooler and told a Jewish co-worker standing inside that she was “in the gas chamber now.”

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state police Superintendent Keith Corlett announced Friday that William Sullivan, of Saugerties (SAW’-ger-teez), was charged with aggravated harassment. Cuomo’s office says he wanted to bring attention to the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the state this year.

The officials say the incident occurred March 11 at a health food store in Ulster. Troopers say the employee was in the cooler with another co-worker when Sullivan appeared in the doorway, shut off the lights, made the anti-Semitic remark and insulted her Jewish faith.

The store’s owner tells the Daily Freeman that Sullivan was fired and the woman has quit.

It is unclear whether Sullivan has a lawyer who could comment.

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This story has been corrected to change the day to Friday instead of Thursday.

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