Governor Cuomo Traveling to Israel This Weekend

Posted March 03, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited one of the sites of recent bomb threats Wednesday to denounce the threats, which have targeted Jewish community centers across the country.

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"And we speak with one voice condemning this repugnant behavior and we stand arm in arm with the Jewish community through this time of hardship", Cuomo continued.

Cuomo visited Israel in August 2014 during his re-election bid, and he planned to go again in last September, but the trip was cancelled after a fatal train crash in New Jersey. Cuomo also launched a new hate crimes text line, where New Yorkers can simply text the word "HATE" to 81336 to report incidents of bias and discrimination.

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The week before over 100 headstones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. "Your courage is a strength to all of us".

Cuomo pointed out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department are also investigating the bomb calls. "If anything it seems like it's getting worse". It is an act of cowardice.

"I'm confident that we will find the people behind this illegality and ugliness", Cuomo said. "It suggests a basic misunderstanding of who we are as New Yorkers and what we believe as New Yorkers".

The state is also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for bomb threats.

Cuomo says state police have been organized and given additional resources to investigate these types of activities.