Gov. Cuomo orders probe into racial flyers

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WESTCHESTER -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting hard against the distribution of white supremacist flyers found in the area.

In a statement released this week, Cuomo said state police will be looking into where the materials are coming from and whether they are designed to incite hate crimes.

In October, a group called Identity Evropa posted white supremacist posters around Westchester Community College. Two weeks after that, the same posters were found at Purchase College along with a noose hanging in front of a graffiti wall.

"The people that are spreading this kind of paraphernalia are people who are living in fear and ignorance," said Athena Dent of the Yonkers African-American Heritage Committee. "Unfortunately, there's gonna always be people like that, but there always has to be people like us."

Even more recently, the same group plastered posters around Croton-on-the-Hudson near the Croton-Harmon High School and Middle School.

Yonkers mayor Mike Spano says his city will not tolerate the recent behavior.

"Every ethnic group has a seat at the table and everyone's ideas are accepted and everyone is a part of this wonderful community," Spano said.

The governor's Hate Crimes Task Force will also be working with local organizations on a public awareness campaign. One of their biggest goals is to make sure people know how to file reports for hate crimes so they don't go unpunished.

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