Griffo introduces bill to increase protections against antisemitism

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Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, has introduced legislation that advocates for the Jewish community following recent attacks in New York City, and across the country.

Posted: May 26, 2021 4:07 PM

Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, has introduced legislation that advocates for the Jewish community following recent antisemitic attacks in New York City, and across the country.

The bill would amend state human rights law and the penal law to provide protections through the appropriate codification of the definition of antisemitism.

Further, acts of antisemitism that incite, cause or result in any act of violence or injury to a person, or the damage to or destruction of property, will be considered a hate crime.

“We continue to see antisemitic threats, attacks and vandalism here in New York State and throughout the country,” said Sen. Griffo. “My legislation will provide additional protection to those of the Jewish faith and ensure that the perpetrators of antisemitic activities face real consequences and are held accountable for their actions.”

The bill is currently being reviewed by the Investigations and Government Operations Committee.

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