Cecilia DowdJun 13, 2018, 9:58 pmJun 14, 2018, 1:14 pm

Long Island schools receive $2M for security resources

The funds will give non-public religious centers equipment to protect themselves from hate crimes

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LAWRENCE — Long Island is getting over $2 million to protect various schools and centers against hate crimes.

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Lawrence, explaining how the money will be used for security in non-public schools like the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway. The funds will help religious schools modify their school and put in the security equipment they need to make sure the students are safe. More cameras, more alarms, more security equipment. Sen. Todd Kaminsky says the money, allocated in the budget by state lawmakers, is a no-brainer.

“The fact that in Oceanside and the Five Towns, people are calling in bomb threats, these are scary times,” Kaminsky said. “So, we need the resources to make sure our institutions are secure and give parents the peace of mind that when they drop their kids off they'll be OK.”

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