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Cuomo calls for expansion of NY's hate crimes law

Aug 16, 2017
Originally published on August 15, 2017 12:12 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's hate crimes law following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he'll introduce legislation making it a hate crime to riot or incite a riot that targets a specific class of people protected by anti-discrimination laws. 

If approved by state lawmakers, Cuomo's proposal would enhance criminal penalties for rioting that targets people because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. 

Cuomo says that while peaceful protests must be allowed, New York will not tolerate violence and discrimination. 

He also wants to expand the human rights law to ensure public school students are covered following a court decision that schools were exempt from the law.

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