NY Gov Cuomo Sends out Message of Unity & Creates Special Unit To Investigate Post-Election Surge In Hate Crimes

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Despite President-elect Donald Trump‘s apparent silence on the surge of hate crimes across the country following his election win, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting action into diffusing the tension in NY following the uprise of racial/social violence.

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Via: HuffingtonPost

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) plans to investigate the uptick in hate crimes that have occurred in the state since the presidential election, he announced Sunday.

Speaking before the congregation at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, Cuomo reaffirmed New York’s place as a safe haven for immigrants, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. But, he said, the state has not been immune from the incidents of intimidation that have occurred in the country since Nov. 8.

“Fliers promoting the KKK were found on parked cars in Patchogue, Long Island. A swastika was discovered on the B Train in Manhattan,” he said. “In Wellsville, outside of Buffalo, someone painted a swastika surrounded by the words ‘Make America White Again.’”

Verbally condemning such acts isn’t enough, the governor said.

“It is also a time for action,” he said. “And the action will start in New York.”

The governor announced a series of initiatives aimed at protecting civil rights and stopping “the explosion of hate crimes” in the state. In addition to ordering state police to create a special investigative unit, Cuomo also announced the creation of a legal defense fund for immigrants who cannot afford legal assistance on their own.