Assemblyman D’Urso Announces $2.1 Million State Funds to Protect Schools
Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso announced that New York State will award $2.1 million from the ‘Securing Communities Against Hate Crime Program’ to nonprofit schools, daycare centers and museums which will be used help prevent attacks against these facilities because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. This grant will be administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The facilities receiving funds will be able to use it for security training, cameras, better door security, improve their lighting and other features.
“Our nonprofit institutions deserve to be able to operate without fear. We need to help protect them against the threats of hate crimes,” said Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso.
New York State Governor Cuomo also created a telephone and text line which the public can use to report bias crimes. 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. If you want to report a crime immediately or fear for your or someone’s safety, call 911 immediately.
The 16th Assembly District, which Assemblyman D’Urso represents, will receive $450,000 funding for local organizations.