QBP RICHARDS CALLS FOR INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR COMBATING HATE CRIMES
QUEENS, NY – With the number of hate crimes unfortunately on the rise, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson asking for an increase in funding for initiatives aimed at combating hate-based violence.
Borough President RICHARDS writes, “While I applaud the steps the de Blasio Administration and the Council have recently taken to combat hate violence, more work needs to be done. In order to stop such violence before it occurs, the City must allocate additional funding to the New York Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC), and other relevant agencies that take a proactive approach to dispelling hate.”
Borough President Richards’ letter specifically calls for the allocation of additional Fiscal Year 2022 funding to support the education and outreach work of local non-profit organizations with connections to traditionally marginalized communities. The letter also calls for a creation of a central database that would allow for easy information sharing among the various City agencies tasked with combating hate crimes, including the CCHR, the OPHC and the NYPD.
The entire letter can be found here.
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