GENESEO, N.Y. -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the start of multi-agency investigations into two alleged hate crimes Saturday, first in Wellsville and then at SUNY Geneseo.
A resident reported the incident at SUNY Geneseo Friday, which included a swastika and the word "Trump" written outside the University's Nassau Residence Hall.
This came hours after Cuomo announced the state would join the investigation into a swastika painted onto the side of a softball dugout in Wellsville, N.Y. reportedly Monday night into Tuesday morning. The graffiti included the message, "Make America White Again," according to a photo from the Wellsville Daily Reporter.
"To those who think they can intimidate our fellow New Yorkers through racism or anti-Semitism I have one message: Don't count on it," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "It is unacceptable that this is the second investigation that we have had to announce in the last several hours. Any and every reported incident will be investigated and pursued to the fullest extent of the law by the State Police and the Division of Human Rights. To any New Yorker who is scared, I want you to know that we have your back, that we will keep you safe, and that protecting your rights is what America stands for."
Cuomo's office says state police, SUNY Police and the state division of human rights will investigate Geneseo's and Wellsville's alleged hate crimes.
New Yorkers are also reminded that in 2000, the state enacted laws that strengthen punishment for hate crimes.