Governor Cuomo Traveling to Israel This Weekend

At least 16 gravestones were damaged at the Waad Hakolel cemetery in Rochester N.Y

Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across NY have gathered in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for a 750-mile trail system.

"There have been bomb threats desecration of Jewish cemeteries, swastikas and racist slogans that have literally appeared from one end of the state to the other", Cuomo said.

The vandalism of more than a dozen headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester is being investigated by a NY hate crime task force, the third known case of a Jewish cemetery desecration in the country in the last two weeks.

Cuomo visited Israel on a similar mission in 2014, the year of his first re-election campaign. We're proud to be the largest population of Jewish people outside of Israel.

Headstones were toppled at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also known as the Stone Road Cemetery, in Rochester, N.Y.

There has been a rash of vandalism and threats geared towards the Jewish community as of recent.




"We want to applaud your courage and your stamina, we know that you've been going through a hard time", Cuomo said. "We wanted to applaud them for standing up to the ugliness that they've seen".

"It doesn't seem like it's getting better", he said.

Andrew Cuomo noted the wave of bomb threats at JCCs and cemetery vandalism elsewhere in calling for the Rochester probe. "It is repugnant to everything we believe as New Yorkers, and we will continue to do everything in our power to bring to justice those responsible for these cowardly attacks on the values we hold dear". "NY is and always has been a place that celebrates diversity and religious tolerance, and we say to all New Yorkers who feel unsafe - we will always protect you".

Cuomo, who earlier said state police were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to crack the case, said state police have formed a special unit just to deal with the bomb threats.

Szegedin said that the rise of anti-Semitic acts throughout the state was point of discussion and is a concern for Kiryas Joel.

I've already put $25 million in the state - MY state - budget proposal, for security for facilities such as this one so they can have the resources to provide security on their own.

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