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New York governor signs package of Holocaust-linked legislation

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a package of bills to strengthen gun laws on June 6, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a package of bills to strengthen gun laws on June 6, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signs legislation to support Holocaust survivors and Holocaust education in the state.

Hochul signs three pieces of legislation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

The first ensures New York public schools carry out proper Holocaust education. The second requires museums to label art that was stolen from Jews by the Nazis. And the third mandates the Department of Financial Services disclose banks that voluntarily waive fees for Holocaust reparation payments.

Hochul, who has close ties to New York’s Jewish communities, signs the legislation in the presence of survivors and lawmakers who sponsored the bills.

During the ceremony, she discusses the record-high rates of antisemitism.

“As governor of a state with 40,000 Holocaust survivors and the largest Jewish population outside of Israel, I take this hatred personally because I feel wounded as a human being to know that someone else is harmed in our state,” she says.

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