Government News

Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program

Governor Kathy Hochul  has announced the opening of applications for $50 million to strengthen safety and security measures at nonprofit, community-based organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission.

Governor Hochul Announces NY State Police Increase Protection for Hate Crime Targets

On November 21, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police is increasing surveillance and protection for communities at risk of hate crimes, following a thwarted attack on Jewish communities in New York City and a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado. These efforts build on Governor Hochul’s record increase in funding to protect targets of hate crimes and to combat domestic extremism.     

AJC CEO Ted Deutch To Join in White House Roundtable on Antisemitism

American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO Ted Deutch thanked the White House for convening a roundtable discussion on combating antisemitism with the heads of U.S. Jewish organizations.

FIDF Chairman’s Leadership Mission Meet with President Herzog

A delegation of 47 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the United States took part in a meaningful FIDF Chairman’s Leadership Mission to Israel that concluded at the end of November. The week-long trip allowed participants the exclusive opportunity to hear briefings from top Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials, tour behind-the-scenes at IDF bases, share private conversations with Israeli President Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, and show their solidarity and appreciation for those who serve and protect Israel and, by extension, the Jewish people.

Latimer Announces Suspension of Sales Tax on Home Energy Costs

Ensuring residents aren’t left out in the cold and can save some much-needed dollars during the Winter months, County Executive George Latimer proposed – and the Board of Legislators subsequently passed – a suspension of sales tax on home energy costs. The exemption will run from December 1-February 28.

Grants to Expand Mental Health Services for Youth

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced more than $3.3 million to community-based healthcare providers that will increase access to mental health services for children and families across the state. Administered through the state Office of Mental Health, the federal funding is aimed at helping community-based service providers better serve children and youth who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and a developmental disability or substance use disorder.