New York State leaders increase security measures for Jewish and Palestinian communities
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- While the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, some New York State leaders are taking precautions in anticipation of potential violence and hate crimes towards certain New York communities.
In a recent security briefing, Gov. Kathy Hochul said while there are no current threats, state leaders intend to deter any potential harm towards New Yorkers.
“Public safety will always be my top priority. My commitment is to keep in New Yorkers safe, that is unwavering,” said Hochul.
Governor Hochul said the state's hate crime task force is on high alert and will help investigate incidents as necessary.
Some New York State lawmakers said they are worried about Jewish communities and certain places of worship.
“It’s not just synagogues, we’re concerned about mosques as well given the situation. But I think that governments on all levels have responded appropriately,” said Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Assembly District 81).
State leaders are not only worried about Jewish communities, but Palestinian communities as well.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James recently called on social media companies to take steps to stop the spread of content encouraging violence against Jewish and Muslim people.
The Governor said she condemns hate directed both towards Jewish and Palestinian New Yorkers.
“And those who seek to use Hamas's violence as justification for violence of their own, we have no tolerance for your hate. I condemn violence of every kind in New York,” she said.