New York should spend an additional $25 million for bolstering security for organizations that could be vulnerable to hate crimes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.
Cuomo wants the money included in a final budget agreement, due to pass by March 31.
"The vile acts of intolerance in our state and our country are repugnant to our values, and we must stand united in solidarity in condemning this rising tide of hate," Cuomo said in a statement. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. [The] government's number one responsibility is to ensure public safety, and these aggressive new efforts will provide religious and cultural institutions the support they need to protect themselves and keep their communities safe."
Newly released data from the Division of Criminal Justice Services this month found there has been a decline in the overall number of hate crimes, but there has been an uptick in hate crimes directed at Jewish targets, both people and property.
The grants proposed by Cuomo come after his trip to Poland earlier this week for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.