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Following recent threats to Jewish, LGBTQ communities, Hochul announces State Police increasing protection for hate crime targets


Mon, Nov 21st 2022 12:25 pm

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Police is increasing surveillance and protection for communities at risk of hate crimes, following a thwarted attack on Jewish communities in New York City and a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.

"I have directed the New York State Police to ramp up monitoring and increase support for communities that are potential targets of hate crimes," Hochul said. "Here in New York, we will not tolerate violence or bigotry toward any community. We stand united against hate – today and every day."

New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli said, "The State Police will work in close coordination with our state, local and federal partners to keep all our communities safe from violence. We appreciate the resources and support from Gov. Hochul to help us accomplish this mission."

At Hochul's direction, New York State Police is ramping up surveillance for communities that are potential targets of hate crime. State Police is in contact with the NYPD and continues to monitor social media for hateful threats that may impact New Yorkers. The State Police's counterterrorism intelligence unit is conducting outreach to LGBTQ communities across New York, as well as to synagogues and other Jewish community spaces in the state.

MTA Police, State Police, the NYPD and the FBI joint terrorism task force recently collaborated to arrest two armed men at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan who are accused of traveling to New York City with plans to cause violence toward the Jewish community. Increased resources provided by Hochul to the State Police and the New York State Intelligence Center contributed to these arrests.

Following the shooting in Buffalo, Hochul expanded state resources dedicated to combated hateful extremism and violence. Hochul issued an executive order directing the New York State Police to establish a dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring. She also worked with the Legislature to triple the state's gun violence intelligence resources by staffing NYSIC with a team of analysts who can investigate gun crimes across the state.  Hochul signed legislation that took effect last month increasing the reimbursement for victims and survivors whose essential personal property was lost or damaged as a result of hate crimes and other crimes to $2,500 – five times the previous limit.

Earlier this month, Hochul announced a $96 million investment to strengthen safety and security measures at nonprofit, community-based organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Hochul also announced $10 million to support the creation of threat assessment and management teams in counties across New York.

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