New York State now has a toll-free hotline to report incidents of bias and discrimination. Governor Cuomo announced the effort Tuesday in Rochester.
“Hateful rhetoric or hateful slogans are not just immoral, unethical, not nice, they’re also illegal and I want the people of the state of New York to know we’re going to enforce it. I understand the political environment out there, and the hate crimes legislation and the hate crimes laws will be enforced.”
Several state agencies are looking into an uptick in recent reports of discrimination, bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence as possible hate crimes.
“There is no place for racism, there is no place for hate, there is no place for swastikas, there is no place for racially-inflammatory and divisive rhetoric or acts.”
The hotline can help protect New Yorkers and allow those who are the victim of prejudice to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights.
“By definition we are a diverse population,” said Gov. Cuomo. “That’s what founded the country and the diversity is its strength, and we’re not going to let anyone turn the diversity into a weakness.”
The State Education Department was also asked to work with school districts for training on how to combat intolerance and safeguard New York’s students.
To Report Incidents of Bias, Contact 1-888-392-3644.