Gov. Cuomo Speaks At Albany's JCC Amid National Threats

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters he won't have time to meet with Arab leaders during his one-day jaunt to Israel this weekend-his second journey to the Jewish State as governor, and only his third trip overseas. There have also been acts of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.

Vandals toppled headstones at a Jewish cemetery this week, but cemetery managers say they don't now want to attribute the destruction to a growing wave of anti-Semitism witnessed around the country.

In addition to the bomb threats, Cuomo noted there has been desecration of Jewish cemeteries, racist slogans, and swastikas that have cropped up across the state, the country and in Canada.

Rick Lewis, chief executive officer of the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview, Long Island, which was evacuated after a threat this week, said, "I think it's tremendously useful and I'm grateful to Senator Schumer's office for even thinking about this".

"This is repugnant to everything we believe as New Yorkers", the governor said.

In recent months, NY has bolstered its efforts to combat hate crimes.

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"It's clear vandalism", she said in a telephone interview after touring the cemetery on Thursday afternoon to photograph the damage.

"The Jewish community is an integral part of NY, we have the largest Jewish population outside of Israel", he said. "This is intolerable for us", said Cuomo.

He noted that his budget contains $25 million to help at-risk institution with security and that the state is offering a $5,000 reward for tips that lead to the prosecution of the perpetrators.

On Wednesday, the New York Police Department said anti-Semitic incidents are up 94 percent in New York City over this time a year ago.

"But I also want to assure the Jewish community that the people of the state of NY speak with one voice in condemning this activity", he said. Greece police determined the crimes were motivated by sheer hooliganism and not hate.

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