ADL Hails Approval of New York State Hate Crimes Legislation
New York, NY, June 23, 2000…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hailed today’s
passage by the State Legislature of a Hate Crimes Bill as a landmark step in the
battle to protect New Yorkers from violence motivated by prejudice and hate.
"We are grateful that the Legislature has finally given law enforcement
this powerful tool to combat bias crimes," said Howie Katz, Director of the
ADL New York Regional Office. "It is gratifying that the Senate and the
Assembly understood the importance of reconciling the differences between their
two bills so that the Governor can sign it into law."
Shelley Parker, chair of the ADL New York Regional Board, said, "We are
proud to have played a leadership role in securing passage of New York’s hate
crimes law. It was ADL that drew up the 1981 model legislation on which most
states’ hate crimes laws are based. Since then, 42 states enact such laws. We
are delighted that after a 12-year lobbying effort, New York State has finally
become the 43rd."
The Hate Crimes Law, one version of which had passed the Assembly for 11
years in a row before finally seeing a vote on a similar bill in the Senate this
June, provides additional penalties for crimes in which the victim was chosen
because of his or her race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion,
religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation. It also mandates that
police and the courts gather data on hate crimes and their punishment.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.