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Hochul visits Cornell amid investigations into antisemitic threats

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In a strong stance against hate, Governor Kathy Hochul visited Cornell University on Monday, denouncing recent antisemitic threats against Jewish students.

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The Governor’s visit was a direct response to offensive posts targeting Jewish students, reinforcing the state’s zero-tolerance policy toward such actions. At the Center for Jewish Living, Hochul assured students of her and the state’s support, emphasizing a safe and secure campus environment.

Surrounded by university leaders, including President Martha E. Pollack and law enforcement officials, Governor Hochul expressed solidarity with the student community shaken by the threats. She affirmed increased security measures, including the New York State Police’s bolstered presence and heightened social media monitoring by the Intelligence Center. The Governor’s discussion with students underscored the state’s commitment to safeguarding their well-being while maintaining the constitutional right to free speech.

The Governor sent a stern warning to those behind the hate speech, stressing the serious legal consequences for such actions. Her visit followed President Pollack’s condemnation of bigotry and antisemitism, highlighting the Cornell community’s resolve against discrimination and the importance of supporting its Jewish members. The recent events have not only troubled the Jewish students but also affected the wider university, uniting them in a stand against hatred.