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Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues during Jewish High Holidays

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on the State Police to increase their presence near synagogues and religious centers during the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.

Cuomo says that, “As members of the Jewish community prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, out of an abundance of caution and following a number of appalling anti-Semitic incidents over the past year I am directing the State Police to increase patrols at synagogues and other religious centers across our state. “
Cuomo says that, “In New York, we value diversity, inclusion and acceptance — and I want to assure our Jewish brothers and sisters that New York stands united with them now and always.”

Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday, September 29, at sunset. It begins a period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur known as the Ten Days of Repentance. Yom Kippur ends on the evening of Wednesday, October 9.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.