The recent rise in hate crimes has ushered in a stepped-up response from governments across the country to quell the violence. And that response has meant added security – and money.
Leading the charge is New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, who just allocated $25 million in state funded grants to combat the seemingly endless threats against Yeshivas and Jewish Community Centers in his state and elsewhere. The announcement came on the heels of a number of bombs scares last month, and several anti-Semitic attacks at cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia. There have been 90 similar incidents at Jewish schools, offices and community centers across the country since the New Year.
The funds will go to improved training for guards, security cameras, better lighting, and other upgrades. As the attacks spread nationwide, other states are expected to follow suit.
New York has been at the forefront in the fight against terrorism. Last year, New York City enacted legislation that pays for licensed security guards in private schools that have over 300 students.