Governor Paterson Releases Statement on Bias Crime at The Center
Governor David A. Paterson released a statement Tuesday on the Bias-Motivated Vandalism of The Long Island GLBT Community Center
For Immediate Release: February 3, 2009 Contact: Errol Cockfield | Errol.Cockfield@chamber.state.ny.us | 212.681.4640 | 518.474.8418
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON
“Yesterday morning, counselors at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Center came face to face with the ugly realities of intolerance when they arrived at work and discovered that the center had been vandalized. Thankfully, this despicable deed occurred while the center was closed and none of its employees or visitors were hurt. I condemn such acts of hatred and violence, and I assure you that law enforcement officials are hard at work to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“State Division of Human Rights Commissioner Galen D. Kirkland will be at the center on Friday to address the Division’s work in Suffolk County and to speak with representatives from the center about how to best counter violence against the LGBT community. I look forward to speaking with him after his visit.
“In the diverse world in which we live, where we find ourselves increasingly dependent on each other to advance the qualities of our own lives, we must learn to celebrate our differences and embrace our common condition. We must understand that an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. Hate is unacceptable.”