On Tuesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted steps New York is taking to combat domestic terrorism and encouraged local governments to prepare plans to counter extremism.
Hochul used the race-fueled Buffalo mass shooting that left 10 dead in May as an example and outlined plans to bolster local efforts to prevent similar tragedies, including $10 million in state funds for the development of Threat Assessment and Management Teams.
“New Yorkers have been victimized.” “These are our residents, these are our fellow neighbors, and that is why there’s a sense of urgency with how we approach this,” Hochul said.
According to reports, an executive order has been issued in the wake of the Buffalo massacre requiring every county in the state and New York City to develop and maintain a plan to address the threat of domestic terrorism, including racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.
Meanwhile, the governor’s office revealed that the local threat assessment management teams would consist of law enforcement, mental health professionals, school officials, and other key stakeholders tasked with identifying, assessing, and mitigating the threat of targeted violence.
Hochul also warned that the state and local officials must be prepared to face additional threats and find ways to eradicate hate.
“He absorbed these toxic ideals and racist philosophies because they’re so easily accessible on social media platforms,” Hochul added.