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Gov. Cuomo Announces New Initiative to Combat Hate Crimes

By Staff

 

31133552605_ae3d96c98b_b-1Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced several actions to protect civil rights and combat hate crimes in New York, which includes the creation of a state police unit to investigate reports of hate crimes, an expansion of the state’s human rights law to protect all students, and the establishment of a new emergency legal defense fund for immigrants, the governor’s office stated.

Gov. Cuomo laid out the plan at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City on Nov. 20, and cited the post-election climate, and the recent uptick in reports of discrimination, harassment and violence in the state as reasons for the new initiative.

“New York is, and will always be, a place of acceptance, inclusion, and a bastion of hope for all people,” Cuomo stated. “We will never allow fear and intolerance to tear at the fabric of who we are – New Yorkers are stronger than that, and we are better than that. With these decisive actions, we say to people of all backgrounds and beliefs: New York is your home and refuge, and we will do whatever it takes to keep you safe.”

Cuomo has also encouraged New Yorkers who experience bias or discrimination to call the Division of Human Right’s toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=TihkRalbBfE to view video of the announcement, or click on the image below.

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