ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State launched a hotline for the public to report incidents of bias and discrimination.
According to the governor’s office, the hotline will bolster the state’s efforts to protect New Yorkers and allow those who are victim of prejudice to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights (DHR).
“New York serves as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all, and we will continue to stand up to those who seek to spread the politics of division, fear and hate,” Governor Cuomo said.
New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to contact the DHR’s toll-free hotline at (888)-392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Anyone reporting a crime or is in fear of their safety should contact 911 immediately.
The governor’s office says the hotline was established following “an uptick in recent reports of discrimination, bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence.”
Gov. Cuomo is also sending a letter to the State Education Department requesting schools hold training to combat intolerance and safeguard New York students.