NY Governor Hochul Announces Comprehensive State Action to Combat Antisemitism


NEW YORK – NY Governor Kathy Hochul Tuesday announced comprehensive state action taken to fight antisemitism.

Governor Hochul made the announcement at the Center for Jewish History, making New York State the first state to respond to President Biden’s national strategy to counter antisemitism.

The Governor also announced the creation of the New York State Anti-Hate in Education Center and Annual Convening that will combat hate, create a safe and inclusive environment, and focus on eliminating antisemitism. Further, the Division of Human Rights has announced plans to improve hate and bias incident data collection and launch the agency’s first-ever small grants program for community anti-bias work.

The Office of Victim Services is working to expand support for victims of antisemitism by simplifying the Victim Compensation Application, allowing them access to reimbursement. Additionally, the New York State Police will re-launch law enforcement focused Hate Crime Investigative Seminars. The New York State Office of Mental Health created the Spotlight on Jewish Campaign to recognize the unique issues surrounding Jewish Americans’ mental health.

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“As Governor of the State with the largest Jewish population outside the State of Israel, I feel a solemn responsibility to protect and uplift New York’s vibrant, diverse Jewish communities,” Governor Hochul said. “No one should have to fear for their safety while going to their place of work, going to school, or just walking the streets. It has always been my top priority to keep the people of New York safe, and we will continue taking action to fight antisemitism and use every tool at our disposal to eliminate hate and bias from our communities.”

“New York has long been a leader when it comes to diversity, inclusion, and tolerance,” said Lieutenant Governor Delgado. “We are proud to continue that legacy by becoming the first state in the nation to respond to President Biden’s national strategy to combat antisemitism and root out hate. We will lead with love and build stronger, safer, and more inclusive communities in the process.”

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