GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS NEW YORK STATE POLICE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE TO OFFER ASSISTANCE INVESTIGATING CONFEDERATE FLAG TIED TO MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE DOOR EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

“The Confederate flag is a repulsive symbol of hate, and I am disgusted by reports that someone attempted to intimidate our Jewish neighbors by tying one to the door of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. As we saw earlier this week when hate-filled mobs stormed our nation’s Capitol, violent white supremacists have been emboldened by Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric — but we will not let them succeed. In New York, we will always defend against crimes that target New Yorkers for who they are or what they believe, and I am immediately directing the New York Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer assistance in this investigation.”