First Round of Grants Awarded to Academic and Community Centers on Long Island
Part of Governor Cuomo's $25 Million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program
A List of Grant Awards is Available Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced over $2.1 million has been awarded through the state’s $25 million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program to help strengthen security measures at nonprofit schools, day care centers and cultural museums on Long Island. These efforts will help prevent hate crimes or attacks against these facilities because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. This first round of funding provides $2,161,410 million for 45 projects at facilities on Long Island.
“This funding is critical in our efforts to enhance security and protect nonprofit schools, day cares and cultural museums at risk of hate crimes,” Governor Cuomo said. “By supporting the diverse cultures and community centers found throughout this great state, we are setting an example for the nation while establishing a stronger, safer New York for all.”
"As the threat of hate crimes continues to be pervasive, enhanced security at our culturally diverse schools and other centers is essential for ensuring their protection and safety,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This funding as part of New York’s program to shield communities from hate crimes will support improvements and enhancements for facilities across Long Island. We are committed to providing advanced resources to combat threats from hate groups and keep all New Yorkers safe.”
The grant, administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, provides up to $50,000 in funding for additional security training needs, cameras and state-of-the-art technology, door-hardening, improved lighting and other related security upgrades at each eligible facility. Organizations that operate more than one facility were eligible to submit up to three applications for a total request of up to $150,000.
Announced in October 2017, the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant program supports the comprehensive effort launched by Governor Cuomo to combat hate crimes in New York. The FY 2017-18 State Budget established a statewide Hate Crimes Task Force to mitigate recent incidents of bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence in New York. The Task Force has engaged county leaders, district attorneys, school district leaders, local police departments and other key stakeholders to identify and investigate hate motivated crimes and bias related trends, community vulnerabilities and discriminatory practices.
Additionally, the Governor created a telephone hotline and text line through the Division of Human Rights to report incidents of bias and discrimination. The State Police, who handle any potential criminal matters, receive referrals from both the hotline and text line monitored by the Division of Human Rights. Cases of discrimination that are covered by the New York State Human Rights Law may be further investigated by the Division. A $5,000 reward was made available for any information leading to an arrest and conviction for a hate crime.
This funding is critical in our efforts to enhance security and protect nonprofit schools, day cares and cultural museums at risk of hate crimes.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino Sr. said, “These grant funds will allow nonpublic schools, day care centers and cultural museums to increase their security measures against individuals or groups with violent prejudices. I applaud the Governor for making these funds available to help organizations implement projects involving exterior facility hardening, physical security enhancements and security training.”
Senator Todd Kaminsky said, “Our yeshivas, synagogues and community centers are vital institutions and especially in today’s day and age, it is critical for us to do all we can to keep them safe. Thank you Governor Cuomo for recognizing the importance and centrality of these institutions to the 5Towns and providing critical security funding where it is needed.”
Assembly Member Charles Lavine said, “In the wake of horrible threats of violence targeting the Jewish community and other cultural centers, New Yorkers showed their true colors by coming together as one to speak out against hate. The grants to strengthen security measures at nonprofit schools, day cares and museums are a testament to our commitment to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers. I thank Governor Cuomo for spearheading this program and standing with our community during this difficult time.”
Assembly Member Steve Stern said, “Religious tolerance and cultural inclusivity are hallmarks of our great country. These grants will go a long way toward preventing hate and bigotry in our local religious educational centers and I applaud Governor Cuomo for providing this funding to some of our most important community-based cultural institutions within the Town of Huntington.”
Assembly Member Andrew P. Raia said, “I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, this funding is essential for the growth and protection of schools, organizations and other facilities that are at risk for hate crimes on a daily basis. I support and stand by this decision and I am willing to provide any necessary assistance to provide the safety of all people who visit these facilities.”
Assembly Member Ed Ra said, “Schools are supposed to be safe havens; students, teachers and staff members should not be subjected to vicious hate crimes. I am so pleased these grants are being awarded to help keep our schools, and our children, safe from violence. I know the St. Thomas the Apostle School, the recipient from the 19 Assembly District, will put this grant to good use so it can continue to nurture and provide a great education for students now and in the future.”
Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino said, “Religious schools, day care centers, and cultural museums are of great importance to our communities. These are places in which people should always feel safe from hate crimes. I am happy to see grant funding made available for these institutions to increase their security measures.”
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Hate has no place in our Long Island communities, and with this funding, Governor Cuomo has sent a message loud and clear that combating hate crimes is a top priority for New York. I thank the Governor for working with Long Island leaders to provide real solutions to groups who need resources to strengthen their security."
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said, “Anti-Semetic incidents in New York soared last year, and in the Town of Hempstead, which proudly boasts one of the largest and most engaged Jewish communities in the region, is unfortunately not spared from this hate. I applaud Governor Cuomo for proactively addressing and fighting against this scourge of anti-Semitic hate crimes in our communities.”
All New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to call DHR’s toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday or text “HATE” to 81336. If you want to report a crime or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.dhses.ny.gov.