Cuomo Launches ‘No Hate In Our State’ Campaign To Combat Bias Crimes

Rich Lamb
February 27, 2020 - 5:55 pm

ALBANY (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a new effort against hate crimes in New York State on Thursday.

The “No Hate in Our State” campaign includes a series of comprehensive propsals to combat hate, division and anti-Semitism, according to Gov. Cuomo.

The efforts includes plans to invest $25 million for religious non-profit organizations vulnerable to hate crimes, creating an education curriculum on diversity and investing $2 million to support to the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force.

"I want to make it clear that anti-Semitism has no place in New York, and this year we are going to fight this rising tide of hate with bold legislative action to deter violence, protect our citizens and educate our people about the causes and terrible consequences of hate,” Cuomo said.

Additionally, the initiative also creates the first-in-the-nation domestic terrorism law, targeting mass violence motivated by hate.

“Someone who tries to kill a number of people based on race, color, creed, religion – that is an act of terrorism. I don't care that they didn't come on an airplane, I don't care that they're foreigners, they're domestic terrorists. They're attacking the fabric of this country,” Cuomo said.

The proposal would create a Class A-1 felony, punishable by life in prison with no possibility of parole.

The governor has also launched a website with more information about the proposals and is encouraging New Yorkers to sign on to the campaign petition to show their support.