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Schumer announces boost in security funding for places of worship

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Sunday a significant increase in federal funding for security at places of worship, totaling $400 million. This decision responds to growing concerns about threats against Jewish and Muslim communities, exacerbated by the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Schumer emphasized that the rise in intolerance and violence in America necessitates a robust response.

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The funding boost, an addition to the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program, allows synagogues, mosques, and other religious institutions to enhance their security measures. Eligible expenses include hiring security personnel and installing security equipment like cameras and reinforced windows. Schumer, speaking from New York City, highlighted the urgency of protecting these communities from potential attacks.

Applications for the first round of funding must be submitted by May 21. This enhancement follows last year’s allocation of $305 million, which supported numerous nonprofits, including three New York City synagogues that recently faced bomb threats. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has called for accountability for those responsible for these threats.