"I'm sickened by the incident Friday in which a transgender woman in Harlem was assaulted by two individuals who struck her while hurling trans-phobic slurs.
"No one should ever have to live in fear simply for being who they are. New Yorkers embrace diversity and our differences because that's what makes us unique and that's what makes us great.
"I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD with its investigation and to help find the cowards responsible so they can be held accountable.
"On behalf of the New York family, my message to Serena Daniari is simple: We have zero tolerance for what happened to you. We are sorry for what happened to you. We stand with you in love and respect, and we will catch your attackers and bring them to justice."