ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a hotline that aims to help curb instances of hate crimes and discrimination around the state.

The hotline will allow those who fall victim to actions of prejudice to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights.

The hotline's creation follows a small increase recently in reported instances of discrimination, bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence, the governor's office says.

The governor's office ordered two separate investigations into alleged hate crimes in Wellsville and Livingston County last week.

New Yorkers who experience bias or discrimination can call the toll-free hotline at 888-392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Those who are reporting a hate crime for fear of their safety are asked to call 911 immediately.