Council members urge de Blasio to fund new hate crimes office

By Anna Sanders

Mayor de Blasio initially denied funding an anti-hate crime office this year despite a spike in complaints since the 2016 and City Council members are urging him to finance the effort.

The Council established the Office of Hate Crime Prevention earlier this year, but no money was put toward its creation in de Blasio’s $92.2 billion preliminary budget plan for next fiscal year.

The office is expected to cost about $475,000 the first year and $713,000 annually going forward.

“We need every city agency and resource to confront this crisis,” 22 members, led by Manhattan Councilman Mark Levine, wrote to de Blasio on Wednesday. “The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes would be the first to unite our city and our government in addressing this crisis head on.”

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