hate crimes

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again condemning hate crimes and discriminatory policies targeting gay, lesbian and transgendered people. He made the comments during an address Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala in New York City.

Governor announces another $45M to fight hate crimes

Jan 6, 2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced an additional $45 million to help protect New York's religious-based institutions. It came after throngs of demonstrators streamed across the Brooklyn Bridge in a solidarity march against anti-Semitism and all acts of hate.

New York State Office of Victim Services

New state legislation expanding benefits for New York crime victims is now in effect.

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors hosted events nationwide to publicly reject racism, extremism and bigotry. In Niagara Falls, elected officials, tourism leaders and representatives of the religious community united to share a message that hate is unwelcome in the Cataract City.


President Trump shifted his tone again on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., while answering questions from reporters on Tuesday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish community centers in New York and around the nation last winter.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law new penalties for those who make bomb threats.

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Community centers, religious schools and other institutions at risk of hate crime threats have an opportunity to receive grant money to improve security. New York State has set aside $25 million in its budget for those grants.


New York State Sen. Patrick Gallivan is among a trio of lawmakers introducing the Community Heroes Protection Act in New York. The act would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes.

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Stories of hate crimes have been gathering more attention in the days since the Presidential election. The development is drawing a strong response from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "We have to stand tall. We have to speak out," Gillibrand said during a Tuesday appearance in Buffalo.


Governor Cuomo's office

Governor Cuomo on Sunday took a number of steps that he says are in reaction to the divisiveness in the nation ,  that has intensified since the Presidential election. Cuomo, without mentioning President-elect Donald Trump by name, said the “ugly discourse” has made him “soul sick” for America.


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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging local law enforcement officials to act swiftly - and willingly - on hate crimes.

SUNY student leaders unite against campus hate crimes

Nov 16, 2016

Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, there have been reported cases of racial bigotry found on some SUNY campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a SUNY student leader about the issue.