Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Cuomo taking "solidarity" trip to Israel

Cuomo taking

The third Jewish cemetery was vandalized in the United States Thursday - this one in Rochester, New York.

"There have been bomb threats desecration of Jewish cemeteries, swastikas and racist slogans that have literally appeared from one end of the state to the other", Cuomo said.

"In recent weeks and months, the family of NY - people of all creeds, colors and backgrounds - have witnessed a dramatic increase in acts of hate and intolerance".

Cuomo said the trip served two purposes: to facilitate business relationships between the Empire State and Israel, particularly in the tech sector, and to "bring a message of solidarity" amid a rash of anti-Semitic incidents across the state and nationwide.

Gov. Cuomo, Mort Zuckerman and former Israel's President Shimon Peres visit a tunnel discovered in 2014.

. Cuomo also launched a new hate crimes text line, where New Yorkers can simply text the word "HATE" to 81336 to report incidents of bias and discrimination.

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There have been at least five waves of telephone threats against Jewish community centers since January. "Your courage is a strength to all of us".

WHEC 10 said that the police were awaiting notification from cemetery officials before opening an investigation. "We wanted to applaud them for standing up to the ugliness that they've seen". It doesn't seem like it's getting better.

"This is repugnant to everything we believe as New Yorkers", the governor said. It is an act of cowardice. "We're proud of it, and NY wouldn't be NY without the Jewish community".

The New York State Police have been given additional resources, the governor said, and a special investigative unit has been put together under Superintendent George Beach to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police.

Cuomo also is proposing $25 million in the proposed state budget to religious schools and centers to boost security.

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