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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hate Crimes Rise 30 Percent in New York

Hate crimes in New York grew 30 percent between 2011 and 2012, to a total of 702 incidents last year, state records show.

The increase was largely in New York City and Long Island. Incidents were up 54 percent in the city and up 18 percent in the rest of the state, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

New York City reported 374 hate-crime incidents and 148 arrests. The rest of the state reported 331 incidents and 138 arrests – with about one-third of those in Suffolk County, the state reported this month.

There were few hate-crime incidents in 2012 outside the state’s largest counties. Nassau County was second in incidents with 117, followed by 49 in Erie County and 21 in Westchester County.

Those three counties, along with Suffolk, accounted for 75 percent of the hate crimes outside New York City.

Dutchess County had nine incidents, while Monroe County had six, yet had 11 arrests. Rockland had six incidents and nine arrests. And Tompkins County had six incidents and two arrests; there were none in Tompkins in 2011.

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