New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY health chief criticized over state's COVID-19 response resigns Zeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Letitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report MORE (D) on Thursday touted his administration's efforts to combat antisemitic attacks by having state police provide security at Jewish institutions in the state.
Cuomo spoke about the move during his latest COVID-19 briefing, saying New York stands with "our Jewish brothers and sisters." The deployment was announced by his office earlier this week.
“We're going to provide additional state troopers to Jewish communities and especially Jewish religious and educational facilities, and we're going to be affording priority protection during Shabbos, because as you know there has been a disturbing number of incidents, and I want our message to be very loud and clear New Yorkers stand together in solidarity,” Cuomo said.
At Grand Central in New York City giving a COVID update. Watch live: https://t.co/axOaroOiQa— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 27, 2021
The governor maintained that individuals can have their opinions about renewed conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, but condemned any antisemitic act.
“That is not an excuse for antisemitism towards anyone, period," he said.
"You have a political opinion about the Middle East conflict, you're entitled to it; you express that through an antisemitic act — it's un-American, it violates New York's ethic, and it is illegal. It's all three of the above,” he added.
The U.S. and other countries have seen a rise in antisemitic attacks recently amid the latest conflict between Israel's armed forces and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Cuomo sent out a tweet Wednesday condemning the recent attacks in his state.
I am sickened by the series of anti-Semitic acts in New York City and across the state.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 26, 2021
This behavior does not represent who we are as New Yorkers and we must all stand united against hate in all its forms. pic.twitter.com/X9TbjAu178