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Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo's Hate and Human Rights Laws Expansion

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2017

Contact: Kristin Brown,  (518) 462-6831

The horrifying events that transpired in Charlottesville this past weekend showed us all that we have a long road ahead of us to reach a place where hate has no home in our hearts. We all have a responsibility to stand for what it right.  In that vein, Empire Justice Center wants to thank Governor Cuomo for taking a decisive step to ensure that those who perpetrate hate, whether it be in the streets, in our schools, or anywhere else across the State of New York, will be held accountable with his announcement today of “Charlottesville Provisions” changes to New York’s Hate Crimes and Human Rights Laws.    

In particular, we would like to thank the Governor for identifying the pressing need to change our state’s Human Rights Law so that all students who face discrimination for any reason have access to the same rights and protections under the law. Currently, only students who attend an expensive private school are protected from discrimination by the New York’s Human Rights Law. This is a stark inequity that our legislature needs to address once and for all.  

With this action, Governor Cuomo is sending a message that discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, religion, disability or other status will not be tolerated in New York State.  Empire Justice Center stands ready to support the Governor in his efforts and urges the legislature to take immediate action.