Office of Children and Family Services

 

NEWS
For Immediate Release: 6/13/2018

Contact: Craig Smith

Email: press@ocfs.ny.gov

Phone: 518-402-3130

Governor Cuomo Announces $5.8 Million in Awards to Protect Nonprofit Schools, Day Care Centers, and Cultural Museums in Brooklyn Against Hate Crimes

  

First Round of Grants Awarded to Academic and Community Centers in Brooklyn
 
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 more than $5.8 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 in Brooklyn. 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 $5,824,607 for 118 projects at facilities throughout Brooklyn.
 
"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, who attended today's event. "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.
 
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 Martin J. Golden said, 'I commend the State for dedicating this $5.8 million security money to protect our daycare centers, museums and non-public schools. Public safety has to remain in the forefront as we move forward. This funding will go a long way in giving New Yorkers peace of mind."
 
Council Member Kalman Yeger said, "This funding is critical in our efforts to support a safer, stronger Brooklyn community for our residents. I applaud Governor Cuomo's efforts to ensure community centers and schools have proper security measures in place to deter prejudice and hate. New York is a beacon of opportunity and hope for men and women of all ages and backgrounds, and with the Governor's leadership, our diverse communities will remain protected for generations to come."
 
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: dhses.ny.gov.