Cuomo to allocate $680K for license-plate readers in Jewish communities

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Hudson Valley Monday to announce measures to combat the recent rash of hate crimes in the state, including the Monsey stabbings during Hanukkah.

Cuomo, speaking at Ramapo Town Hall for the second time since the stabbings, said the entire state grieves over what happened in Monsey.

He also talked about adding more funding for state police in the hate crimes unit and providing more funding for communities and schools to put security measures in place.

Cuomo announced he will allocate more than $680,000 to add more license-plate readers throughout Monsey and New Square. He says those readers will be able to capture license plates of anyone who drives in or out of the community. Police can then monitor the information in real time and catch people who commit crimes. More importantly, Cuomo says the readers should deter anyone with a malicious intents.

Cuomo says license-plate readers will be installed on streelights, street poles, highway overpasses, mobile trailers and police squad cars.

"So if anyone thinks about attacking the community, they need to think again. Because we will know, we will find out, and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," said Cuomo.

Police say they used license-plate readers installed on the George Washington Bridge to catch the suspect in the Monsey stabbings. That was after one of the congregants who was in the room during the stabbings wrote down the suspect's license plate number.

Gov. Cuomo says he also hopes to pass a new domestic terrorism law that would make apparent hate crimes like the Monsey stabbing an act of terrorism.


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