Amid Increase in Hate Crimes, Hochul Adds 10 Investigators to Joint Terrorism Task Force

By Hamodia Staff

A Joint Terrorism Task Force officer (FBI website)

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is adding 10 investigators to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, at a cost of $2.5 million dollars, amid soaring antisemitic hate crimes during the Israel-Hamas War.

The investigators will be added to the New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester offices.

“Surging resources to the Joint Terrorism Task Force is a critical step to ensure New Yorkers are protected from domestic and international threats,” Hochul said.

The total number of bias incidents investigated by the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force increased by 124 percent in October compared to the same period last year, led by a 214 percent spike in anti-Jewish incidents.

Last week, Governor Hochul announced the launch of a new hotline 844-NO-2-HATE and online form for New Yorkers to report hate-crime incidents.

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