NY Takes Steps To Prevent Hate Crimes

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ALBANY, NY (WNY News Now) — New York is taking additional steps to prevent hate crimes. 

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed two pieces of legislation to support hate crime prevention and education efforts, building on the administration’s efforts to increase funding to protect targets of hate crimes and increase surveillance and protection for communities at risk.

The first piece of legislation requires individuals convicted of hate crimes to, in addition to other penalties, undergo mandatory training or counseling in hate crime prevention and education.

The second establishes a statewide campaign for the acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, and understanding of diversity, including, but not limited to diversity based on religion, race, color, creed, sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Governor Hochul also encouraged community-based organizations to apply for $50 million in available funding to strengthen safety measures and protect against hate crimes, and extended the deadline for applications.


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