Fellow New Yorker,
The ugly events that took place in Charlottesville must never be repeated, and in New York we are taking a united stand against hate in all of its forms.
In the aftermath of the violent and deadly events in Charlottesville, I am advancing legislation to add the crimes of inciting to riot and targeted rioting against people based on their identity including, race and ethnicity, to the list of specified offenses under New York’s hate crimes law. In addition, I’m calling on legislative action to amend the Human Rights Law to protect all public school students and institutions from discrimination.
Known as the ‘Charlottesville provisions,’ the changes will reaffirm that while peaceful demonstrations are allowed, New York will never tolerate advocacy or the incitement of imminent violence against protected classes within our communities.
As New Yorkers, we must always stand together against hatred in all forms. Add your name now and become a citizen co-sponsor of these proposed changes to strengthen our hate crime laws.
Our diversity is our strength and this legislation will help protect public safety and send a clear signal that violence and discrimination have no place in our society.
New York is one community and one family, and we will never stop fighting to ensure the safety and equal treatment of all New Yorkers.
Thank you for your support, ever upward.
Andrew M. Cuomo