New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a plan to combat the spate of hate crimes that erupted across the country after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
“The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day,” Cuomo said at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. “In many ways it has gotten worse, (growing) into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” he said.
As part of a wide-ranging initiative, Cuomo said, the state police will soon have a special unit devoted to hate crimes, legislation will be proposed to increase protections against discrimination for public school students and a private-public legal defense fund for impoverished immigrants will be set up. Cuomo’s announcement comes after reports of hundreds of ugly racist incidents across the country after the election. Read more here.